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.“
We now have physical education teachers being rated on how well their students performed on an ELA exam and Science teachers evaluated on how their students performed on Math exams. The stakes become so high that students become sick, educators, parents and administrators are stressed and the testing companies make millions. We will work hard to end this faulty evaluation system by pressuring the legislature to amend NYS Ed Law 3012-c.