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Evaluate teachers logically

May 26, 2011
By JOHN G. METALLO , The Leader Herald

It appears that the discussion about teacher evaluation in New York state is being moved to the front burner again. However, it appears that the wrong people are leading the discussion. Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a recent letter to Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch outlined his plan for changing teacher evaluation, which included student results on standardized tests accounting for 40 percent of the evaluation. This plan patently misses the mark and will do nothing to improve teacher performance. As a matter of fact, it may lead to a decline in teacher performance if teachers begin teaching to and for the test rather than focusing on teaching the skills students need to be successful in life. Teacher evaluation is complex process, and I am afraid the governor is looking for a quick and simple method to improve student performance by making teachers solely responsible for grades on standardized tests.



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