New York to delay use of test scores to grade teachers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York education leaders are expected to vote to wait four years before using Common Core test scores to grade teachers.

The policy-making Board of Regents is scheduled to vote on the action Tuesday, a day after a board committee approved it.

The four-year moratorium on using test scores in teacher evaluations is among recommendations made last week by a task force assembled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to review the Common Core learning standards and related testing. The panel also recommended rewriting the standards with input from New York teachers.

The New York State United Teachers union says the moratorium is a first step toward ending what it calls a “test-and-punish mentality.”

Without the moratorium, student performance on assessments would count for as much as half of a teacher’s grade.

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