Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s latest Common Core commission could report its recommendations this week — in time to hand them off to the state Board of Regents meeting before its next meeting, Dec. 14.
One of the key questions is whether Cuomo will favor reducing or even eliminating the link between teachers’ evaluations and students’ scores on standardized tests.
The Democrat has changed the evaluation system twice during his tenure. Earlier this year, Cuomo pushed for test scores to account for as much as 50 percent of a teacher’s assessment. Meanwhile, the number of students boycotting the tests has continued to climb, to more than 200,000 last spring.
I maintain that they'll do something that looks like substantive change from afar but, when you get up really close to it, isn't so substantive after all.
Tweaks to Common Core, perhaps a renaming (Cuomo Core?), a moratorium on using test scores in teacher evaluations, an extension of the moratorium on test scores for students (which Cuomo himself called "meaningless") - that's what I expect coming out of this.
And make no mistake, life will go on in schools pretty much as it does now, with students reading little fiction, writing argumentative essays in every class, doing the EngageNY curriculum (drill and kill, drill and kill) and doing their incomprehensible math homework and crying at the table over it while teachers have more and more pressure put on them via the Danielson drive-by to "Always Be Assessing!"