ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – At the beginning of this year, state test scores counted as half of a teacher’s evaluation. Now, those results won’t be used in the teacher evaluation system at all, for the next four years.
The moratorium was recommended by New York’s Common Core Task Force and approved by the Board of Regents on Tuesday.
But many people aren’t sure a delay fixes the problems surrounding education.
Parents say their initial reaction is happiness because they say children learn at different paces. Now this measure approved by the Board of Regents explains this is how the state is transitioning into higher standards. But the idea that teachers and students might be graded heavily on state tests in the future, has people feeling ‘déjà vu.’
“It’s an initial step but a lot of hard work lies ahead,” said Carl Korn.
Carl Korn works with the New York State United Teachers. He feels the state’s education agenda is slowly getting back on track.
State test scores will not be used in teacher evaluations until the 2019-2020 school years. It would relieve some of the pressure on teachers, whose jobs once relied heavily on how students performed on those tests.
But Korn argues that just because something can be measured, like test scores, doesn’t mean it’s valuable.
“There’s a lot that goes on in a classroom every single day and a lot that teachers do every single day that can’t be measured,” said Assemblyman Jim Tedisco.
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco was one of the driving forces behind the opt-out movement, when 200,000 parents took control of their child’s education.
He says this moratorium isn’t a solution. It’s a delay to curb that opt-out movement.
“They don’t want to nibble around the edges. They don’t want to wait until 2019-2020. They want change now. And they don’t want those standardized tests to be the Holy Grail for evaluation kids or teachers. They want those tests and questions to be used as a diagnostic tool. Not a tool to stigmatize”
The Board has to review 20 other recommendations from the Common Core Task Force including shorter tests with questions that account for students with disabilities.
The Board is expected to review them over the next few months.
Their next meeting is January 11 and 12.