Sure it is:
Nearly half of the evaluation scores given to Buffalo public school teachers for last school year were wrong.
Forty-five percent of the city’s teachers were assigned incorrect evaluation ratings due to a calculation error by a private, Utah-based company. The company, Truenorthlogic, stated that its calculations for 1,089 teachers “resulted in lower than actual scores” due to an incorrect scoring formula.
In an apologetic letter sent Wednesday to Superintendent Kriner Cash, Truenorthlogic CEO Jim Rosenthal stated that the company was “embarrassed and sorry” for the mistake.
“We feel terrible,” Rosenthal told The News on Thursday.
Oh, yes, they feel terrible.
Too bad they didn't find the errors themselves:
Lower-than-correct scores were given to educators who teach more than one grade level or subject and are required to meet multiple sets of student learning objectives. The company had rewritten its scoring calculations over the summer to enable it to produce scores more rapidly, Rosenthal said. But in doing so, it inadvertently created the calculation error for this group of teachers.
The district’s data chief, Genelle Morris, said a teacher brought the error to the district’s attention. According to the teacher’s manual calculations, she had met her performance targets, but that was not reflected in the online calculations produced by Truenorthlogic. The district checked her calculations and ran them internally through the district’s Information Technology Department and found it could not replicate Truenorthlogic’s scores.
The company soon uncovered the source of the error and the corrected results were posted online for teachers to view late Thursday morning.
“We greatly value our partnership with Buffalo Public Schools and appreciate all they do for kids, and all they do in partnership with us,” he said. “We made a mistake, and we want to move forward with a great school district whose relationship we greatly value.”
The lesson here is, the APPR scores, delivered from the Mount as "scientific" and "objective," are error-riddled and flawed.
And yet, the APPR teacher evaluation system is the one thing Cuomo won't have reviewed as part of his Common Core/Endless Testing regime commission.
Nope - Cuomo says the Common Core implementation was flawed, parents have little faith in the standards, the tests based upon the standards or the curriculum used to teach the standards, but the rating system that evaluates teachers on how well they're teaching the Common Core curriculum and standards and how well students do on the Common Core tests?
That's just fine and dandy.
Even education reform-friendly Josh Greenman was like, how can this be?
If you're against the Common Core standards, it becomes really hard to support tests based on those standards. http://t.co/bt8v97c0Nn— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) September 3, 2015
Cuomo pressed so hard for data-based evaluations, he invited a backlash that he's now dodging. http://t.co/bt8v97c0Nn— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) September 3, 2015
It will be fun to see Cuomo twist himself into a pretzel to defend APPR even as the Common Core/Endless Testing edifice comes down around him.
Make no mistake - he will do just that.
APPR is his baby - his donors wanted it, he pushed for it, when pushback came, he fought to impose it on the state through the budget.
He will not want to admit it is as flawed and error-riddled as the Common Core implementation (which he can blame on NYSED), the Common Core tests (which he can blame on Pearson) or the Common Core curriculum (which he can blame on NYSED.)
When it comes to APPR, he has no one to blame but himself.