This new evaluation system will be a nightmare.
The VAM that will be used to evaluate teachers via test scores is biased and inaccurate.
The SLO process that will be created will be unworkable.
And the UFT leadership knows the whole thing has been put together to increase the number of teachers who are "U" rated and fired every year and. according to this Accountable Talk post, are on board with that.
Get ready for a very bad time, folks, with "ineffective" ratings coming to teachers all over the system based upon a value-added algorithm with a margin of error bigger than Bloomberg's ego, a student learning objective process so convoluted that no one will know how to do it, and a Danielson rubric so complex that a teacher can be "I-Rated" for hundreds of reasons, many of which will be immaterial to her/his quality as a teacher.
For this we pay the salaries of Michael Mulgrew and the rest of the UFT leadership?
We can DO BETTER THAN THIS.
As soon as the deal is announced, and it should be announced any day now, it is time to hang this thing around Muglrew's neck.
Make sure every time you talk to your colleagues about the the unworkable SLO's, the error-riddled VAM, the insanity of adding tests to every subject in every grade simply to grade teachers, you call this MULGREW'S EVALUATION SYSTEM.
Mulgrew doesn't have to agree to this system.
He can take to the airwaves and tell parents EXACTLY what it entails:
Tests in every subject in every grade, both city and state, simply to grade teachers.
A value-added measurement using those scores that is error-riddled and unstable.
A classroom observation rubric with a checklist the size of War and Peace.
An evaluation system that puts the test makers and data crunchers first, the children last.
Money and resources stripped from the classroom and given over to testing.
That's the message they ought to be sending out.
But instead there is silence out of 52 Broadway.
You can take that silence as surrender and acquiescence for Cuomo's and Bloomberg's fear-based, test-based education reform movement.
Do you think Karen Lewis and the CTU would be agreeing to this deal?
Do you think they would be silent in the face of the lies and distortions put out there by the media, the politicians, and the ed deform movement?
We can do better than this, folks,
We NEED to do better.
We Need MORE.