The first day of school is Sept. 9, but it will be at least a month before New York City teachers know exactly how they will be graded this year.The de Blasio administration plans to wait until at least October to decide if it will comply with a new state law and make changes to its teacher evaluation system this year or seek to delay the process. Districts will lose state funding if the changes aren’t in place by Nov. 15, according to the law, but officials have said they will give districts more time if needed.
Excellent - nothing like uncertainty around evaluations.
Reformers seem to love changes, don't they?
Change the tests, change the standards, change the curriculum, change the PD, changes the evaluation system - over and over and over.
The cynic in me wonders if the constant change isn't meant to undermine students, teachers and schools, give reformers their "failure" metrics and data and help them push their privatization agenda.
The pragmatist in me thinks that's exactly the case.
There may be a saving grace this year on the evaluation changes, however.
The judge in the Lederman case is expected to issue a decision later this month or sometime next month.
If the test score component - the NYSED "Black Box" of "We rate you the way we want to and you'll take it and like it!" - is tossed, that could result in the whole evaluation system being thrown out and force Cuomo and the Legislature to start over again.
Won't that be fun?
The likelihood is that the state will appeal a Lederman decision like that, but that would just throw more uncertainty into the system.
And in the end, that seems to be the point of education reform and the Cuomo agenda.
Burn and churn, burn and churn, burn and churn...