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Monday, January 2, 2012

Cuomo Announces End Run Around Teacher Evaluation Impasse

Clearly Governor Cuomo is going to look to implement a state test score-based teacher evaluation system WITHOUT the input of teachers or administrators:

Gov. Cuomo, in his second state-of-state address Wednesday, will accuse New York’s schools of being unaccountable and announce a commission to come up with reforms, the Daily News has learned.

Cuomo’s announcement will come just days after he was critical of the city and other districts that failed to reach agreement with their unions on a new teacher evaluation system by an end-of-year deadline.

“The failure to pass the teacher evaluation system is an example that not only is the system broken, but the ability to monitor the system and come up with a method to ensure kids are educated properly is broken,” said a source close to Cuomo.

The education commission he will announce will be designed to look at education from a “student perspective,” the source said.

“What are the performance indicators? How do you judge performance in the education system? How are the services being provided?” the source said. “No one has really looked at it without a particular perspective on what’s going on in education.”

The makeup of the commission, which as of Sunday was still undetermined, will likely include outside experts.

You can bet the "outside experts" will mostly include testing friendly corporate education reformers who will promote test-heavy accountability.

And this will not commission will not come from a "student's perspective."

It will come from the "testing company's perspective."

This "taking on school accountability" jive by Cuomo is very clearly a way to put an accountability system in place that Tisch and King and Gates and Bloomberg want without having to negotiate with teachers unions.

Call Cuomo and leave a comment:

(518) 474-8390

There's no one there today, but you can leave a message.

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