New York City has embarked on an ambitious experiment, yet to be announced, in which some 2,500 teachers are being measured on how much their students improve on annual standardized tests. The move is so contentious that principals in some of the 140 schools participating have not told their teachers that they are being scrutinized based on student performance and improvement. While officials say it is too early to determine how they will use the data, which is already being collected, they say it could eventually be used to help make decisions on teacher tenure or as a significant element in performance evaluations and bonuses. And they hold out the possibility that the ratings for individual teachers could be made public. [Emphasis mine.]
And this quote by a deputy schools chancellor:
“If the only thing we do is make this data available to every person in the city — every teacher, every parent, every principal, and say do with it what you will — that will have been a powerful step forward…If you know as a parent what’s the deal, I think that whole aspect will change behavior.”
Whose behavior? The kids? The parents? Does he mean learning? Say WHAT?
Let me just speak for myself. My behavior change would be to do everything possible to find for my children an alternative to a system that is basically treating teachers like unknowing lab rats and treating my kids as if their individual talents, loves, and passions should have little or nothing to do with the how or what they learn.
The effort comes as educators nationwide are struggling to figure out how to find, train and measure good teachers.
Well, gee. Let’s see. Sounds like a perfect job to me. I know dozens of “good” teachers who are just waiting to be “found” and “trained” and “measured”. Where do I tell them to sign up?
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