Remove test scores and subjective observations from the teacher evaluation that UFT President Michael Mulgrew helped make state law.
An 8 minute video every UFT teacher should watch and share.
In the making from 2010.
UFT Solidarity is against any evaluation system that uses the faulty and junk science “Value Added Model” to rate teachers. We need a system that is objective and includes peer evaluation. Many other professions utilize peer observations. Attorneys sit in on other attorneys’ cases and doctors often observe other doctors. The evaluation system should be about real assessment and growth, and not about penalizing teachers through snapshot student performances. http://neatoday.org/2013/03/25/how-do-high-performing-nations-evaluate-teachers/
The Danielson Framework for Teaching was designed as a self-assessment tool for educators. Instead it has been manipulated to subjectively target and push out teachers at will. Listen to Charlotte Danielson explain how it’s wrong to tie standardized test score to teacher evaluation.
“You can’t fire your way to Finland.“
In 2010, the UFT admitted that “value-added teacher evaulations are unreliable” (Source: UFT.org) The study found more troubling information:
Teachers of classes with poor students and/or English language learners tended to receive low value-added scores while those teaching students who were Asian or whose parents were more highly educated received high scores. The researchers found that a teacher’s effectiveness was ranked significantly higher when the teacher taught students who were eligible for advanced classes than when that same teacher taught students in lower track classes. Given those results, the researchers warn that using value added could create disincentives for teachers to work with certain students or teach certain classes.