Here, for example, is an ad released today by StudentsFirstNY that says just that:
Before the budget, an anonymous Cuomo official told reporters that the new evaluation system eliminates local assessments and replaces them with an "optional" second test.
The aim of this move is to have the public blame teachers for "overtesting":
New teacher evaluation criteria that is being proposed in the state budget would potentially put the onus on local teachers unions as to whether a second test should be added for students which would count to a performance rating, according to a Cuomo administration official.
“It’s an option and it’s a risk,” the official said on Monday night. “It is a risk to have that second test. We’ve design it in the system because we’re trying to reduce testing.”
"It puts the burden on them and in many ways belies the myth the state was asking for more test,” the official said. “Now, if they want the second test, they’ve going to need to ask for a second test.”
Cuomo and his deformer backers think they can fool parents into thinking there is "reduced testing" under Cuomo's new APPR evaluation system because the state eliminated the local assessment component in the system even as they ratcheted up the percentage of a teacher's rating that is based upon state tests.
Clearly they think people are stupid.
If you eliminate the local test component that used to be worth 20% of a teacher's rating and take a state test that used to be worth 20% and make it worth 40% or 50% of the rating, you are not reducing testing even though you've gotten rid of one set of tests.
What you've done is increased the stress, pressure and anxiety on the state test scores, which teachers must show growth on or risk a low rating that could lead to a loss of their job.
The problem with overtesting is not just how many tests are given in the school system - it's the high stakes that are attached to them that cause stress, pressure and anxiety for both children and educators in schools
If anything, Cuomo's APPR re-do exacerbates that problem by putting so much weight on literally one test.
Cuomo and his ed deformer backers can try and spin the new system as "reducing testing" all they want with their ads and PR.
Parents will not be fooled by their jive.
Teachers didn't create this system, Cuomo did - and they will know where to place the blame for the testing problem that is going to get worse under Cuomo's new system.