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Monday, November 28, 2011

Merryl Tisch: The Public Hates Teachers, But The New Teacher Evaluation System Will Change That

Michael Winerip wrote a piece in the Times today about the principal's revolt against the new teacher evaluation system that requires districts to base 20%-40% of the evaluation system on student test scores.

The criticism of the evaluation system from the principals hits on three key points;

1. The evaluation system has been put together in a slapdash fashion, with no pilot program
2. Only fourth through eighth grade English and math teachers teach subjects that are tested every year - in order to use test scores for all teachers, they're going to have to add new state and district tests in every other subject in every grade
3. The NY State tests were so unreliable in the past that they had to be recalibrated last year - proficiency rates in English and math dropped 25% overnight

One principal described a video the consultants conducting the new evaluation training have shown principals and administrators that has a crew building a plane in mid-air and having an absolute ball doing it, even though the passengers all look frightened to death and are at risk of injury.

Here is that video:

It is clear, even from the video, that the new evaluation system has been put together in a slapdash fashion and that many, many fine educators are going to have their careers and reputations ruined because the NYSED and the Regents have decided to roll out a new system that hasn't been "tested" anywhere yet but seems to have margins of error larger than Michael Bloomberg's ego.

So how does Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch respond in the article to all of this criticism about the new system?

She blames teachers, of course:

Merryl H. Tisch, chancellor of the Board of Regents, said that because of the new “scientific, objective” evaluation system, the public would see that teachers were being held to a rigorous standard and would not dislike them so much. “I’m seeing a much more positive focus about teaching, and I like that,” she said.

Because of the new teacher evaluation system, the public would see that teachers were being held to a more rigorous standard and would not dislike them so much?

Dislike who?


The public doesn't dislike teachers.

In the last Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll on public education, 71% of respondents said they had trust and confidence in the people teaching their children.

And this is after a concerted effort by the hedge fund managers and corporate shills who have been promoting an education reform movement that blasts teachers (and teachers unions) as the biggest problem in education today.

This is after Oprah did a couple of shows hammering "bad teachers."

This is after Waiting for Superman got promoted on NBC and other networks over and over again (even though judging by box office numbers, nobody actually went to see it.)

This is after Bill Gates declared teachers "Public Enemy #1" in every interview he gives on education.

This is after editorial writers like the ones at the Daily News slam teachers day after day after day.

71% of the public still trust teachers.

But in Merryl Tisch's world, the teachers ARE the problem, the public hates them, but the new evaluation system (you know, the one they're building in mid-air) will fix all of that, presumably by getting rid of "bad teachers" and bringing in wonderful new ones.

So what if the evaluation system uses a value-added measurement that has a 12%-35% margin of error (even using three years of test scores gives you a 25% MOE)?

So what if this system hasn't been tested yet?


And that's what matters.

Here is Tisch's contact info. Let her know what you think:

Photo of Board of Regents Vice Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch
Merryl H. Tisch, Chancellor Members at Large
At Large

Regents Office
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, N.Y. 12234 Phone: (518) 474-5889
Contact Board Secretary


  1. Hey Meryl...only a priviledged twat like yourself can be so out of touch with reality is YOU that the public is sick of....U are

  2. ...YOU are just the type of 1 % er that the 99% wil put out of business...a dictatorial duchess attempting to force more corporatocracy and control over our lives...does the name K12 ring a bell Dearie? Thats her bro in laws ed company that stands to make major profits if she gets her way...testing and more testing....more online courses...all good biz for your family. eh Meryl Dear?

  3. Yeah....shes no diff erent than a GAmbino gun moll...earning for the family....knock off all that society pearl necklace bullshit baby an get real...youre hustling all this bullshit for MORE for Your peeps....this has very little to do with kids...more money...more power...

  4. I was just as shocked by that quote. What a lovely lady.

  5. I think it is a great idea to consider student/teacher performance and these tests are the best way of doing that. Should we continue to pay educators to do their jobs badly? It is about time someone like Merryl H. Tisch put a stop to this welfare system for bad teachers. If they can not do their job, then they will lose them. Perfect logic.