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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Cuomo Loves His Teacher Evaluation System Even If He Can't Vouch For It's Accuracy

Just in case you think getting rid of NYSED Commissioner John King would solve the problems with teacher evaluation systems in districts around the state, here's Sheriff Andy Cuomo touting APPR:

Cuomo said New Yorkers typically seek change in state government, but they are also resistant to it because it's nerve-wracking. There are typically kinks when a state agency undergoes any kind of policy overhaul, he said.

“Change, by the way, normally isn't totally smooth,” Cuomo said. “When you come in with a big change, there [are] normally fits and starts, and it's a little jerky. So that's to be expected.”

He said the Common Core is “state of the art” and the evaluations are “exactly right.”

“I'm sure there's going to be bumps along the way, but I will leave it to [the education department] to make decisions about how to best handle it,” he said.

Cuomo wouldn't comment directly on the preliminary results of the first year of teacher evaluations, which King announced Tuesday at a Board of Regents meeting.

About 92 percent of teachers outside New York City received high scores under the system, as did about 87 percent of principals. But there are still about 7,000 teachers and 300 principals who received lower ratings and will have to complete individualized professional development programs.

“I would have no basis to comment on that,” Cuomo said, referring to the numbers. “The evaluations, I believe in. We've been pushing very, very hard, and they were stalled for years, and we pushed to get them done, because I believe in performance, and I believe in data.

“Whether the numbers are high or low, I just wouldn't know,” he finished.

The problem is Cuomo and the ed deform billionaires and millionaires who put him into power to push through his corporate education reform agenda.

Just want to be clear about that.

Love that he doesn't know or care about the accuracy of the system.

So what if teachers were dinged "ineffective" based on faulty "data".

The system is "exactly right!"


  1. Cuomo loves the system because it solves the pension expense problem for NY state and let's him cut taxes for the wealthy. Cuomo is a kleptocratic progressive.

    1. That's right - it's human resources system, not an evaluation system.

  2. A kleptocratic progressive. There is an oxymoron. Why can't people just recognize that Republican ideas have taken over the Democratic party?

    1. I wonder that myself. As the Republicans grow more and more irrelevant outside of the South and West, Dems become the party of the corporate interests.

  3. Corporate has take over the Democratiic Party. Corporate Money, and there's plenty of it to spread around.
    It is the Neo-Liberal Platform of the Neo-Democratic Party
    Speaking out of one side of their mouth for the little guy, their nominal constituency, and the other for the plutocracy, their real constituency.
    Are we going to remain complacent and accept the wholesale destruction of the middle class? The new feudalism takes over America.

    1. You're absolutely right about this - alas, Americans have stood for it for awhile. I thought Occupy might change things, but it did not. Not yet, at any rate