Bruce Baker of Rutgers says that New York state’s educator evaluation system is biased, inaccurate and unfair. Even the consultants who created the system, he writes, acknowledged the high rate of error. But the state says “full speed ahead.” Baker urges educators to “just say no.”
I published a post with a photo of a teacher who was named Teacher of the Year by her colleagues but found “unsatisfactory” or “ineffective” by the value-added methods of her state. I knew her name–Mrs. Cook–but nothing more.
Here is the story. She teaches first grade in Florida. Her school got a low grade, so every teacher lost points. Her VAM rating was based on students she never taught,
She is a victim of a nutty system imposed by Jeb Bush, Rick Scott and ALEC.