This reader is grateful to the 88 education scholars who protested the misuse of test scores in Chopicago. They told Mayor Rahm Emanuel he was wrong. That takes guts. And it matters. It’s important for teachers to know they are not alone. And they are not wrong.
The reader writes:
Let’s not forget the CReATE group of 88 professors who sent a letter “to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and the Board of Education signed by 88 faculty members from 15 local universities warning that using student test scores in teacher evaluation could do more harm than good. The universities included the University of Illinois Chicago, DePaul University and the University of Chicago.” (http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/2012/03/26/19951/professors-caution-cps-using-tests-evaluate-teachers )
I think it is no coincidence that Chicago is now the epicenter of the fight against corporate education reform. With teachers, Ed professors, community groups, and parents all united…it is a powerful force loud enough to actually change the conversation!
I hope other ed professors around the county unite and speak out like our activist profs here in Chi-town did! It makes a difference.