END THE MISUSE OF STANDARDIZED TESTING IN TEACHER EVALUATIONS

April 27, 2018

President's Message

END THE MISUSE OF STANDARDIZED TESTING IN TEACHER EVALUATIONS

Legislation passed by the Assembly and introduced in the Senate (S8301 Marcellino/A10475 Nolan) would fix the flawed and unfair annual professional performance review (APPR) system for teachers and principals. The proposal eliminates the mandatory use of state assessments to determine a teacher or principal's evaluation and authorizes the selection and use of alternative assessments through collective bargaining. This legislation also removes the sunset clause on provisions that prohibit standardized test scores from being included on a student’s permanent record. 

The misuse of standardized tests and the state’s over-reliance on testing have plagued the learning climate in schools and classrooms for years. There are better and more effective ways to evaluate students and educators. Continuing to subject kids to exhausting tests that neither improve instruction nor accurately measure achievement is not sound policy.

This legislation would let educators teach and let students learn by allowing school districts and their unions to design their own fair and effective evaluation system that will help teachers grow professionally while meeting the unique needs of their own communities. 

This bill will ensure that students and teachers are viewed and valued as more than just a test score and will help restore parents' faith in our education system.

Mario Cilento, President

Call To Action

TAYLOR LAW TASK FORCE MEETING
Monday, May 7, 2018, 1:00 p.m. 
100 South Swan Street, Albany, NY 

LABOR LOBBYISTS MEETING
Monday, May 14, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
100 South Swan Street, Albany, NY

ISSUE OF THE WEEK

IMPROVE FIREFIGHTER SAFETY (S. 6242A/A. 8057A)

This bill would require that fire chiefs in "combination departments" (departments with both paid professional and volunteer firefighters) satisfy basic requirements for education, health and physical fitness as established by the state fire administrator; complete minimum training and education criteria; and, be certified for supervisory level 1 or higher according to New York State regulations.

This legislation does not apply to New York City nor does it affect departments that are completely volunteer. This is necessary to protect the health and safety of firefighters but more importantly to ensure that the communities served by combination fire departments have fire chiefs who are adequately trained and prepared for a fire or other catastrophic events.

In some instances, professional firefighters are being led and commanded in combination departments by chiefs who have received less training and preparation than the professional firefighters. This bill will ensure those leading combination departments have the best training, consistent with professional firefighters. Given that the safety and lives of firefighters, as well as the general public are at stake, the highest standard of training, education and physical fitness must apply.

Therefore, this Federation urges immediate passage of this legislation.

For further information contact Mike Neidl at 518-436-8516 or by email [email protected]