New York State is undergoing tremendous changes in its education policy and practices. For the most part, principals are supportive of these changes and willing to work to help implement them in their schools.
Unfortunately, one such change has proven to be of tremendous concern to educators across the country: the use of student test scores to evaluate teacher effectiveness. There are no studies that indicate that this is an effective way to measure teacher effectiveness, and there is simply no known way to effectively measure student growth. Yet New York State is moving full force ahead with this unproven system.
Carol Burris, principal at South Side High School, and I co-authored an open letter that expressed our concerns. The letter has earned the support of over 3500 educators across New York State, including 650 principals and 75% of the principals in Long Island.
The New York Times wrote an article about the letter:
Update on 3 January 2012
The numbers are as follows:
- Over 1160 principals in New York State have signed the letter — more than 26% of all principals.
- Nearly 4,000 additional folks — teachers, superintendents, parents, administrators — have signed the letter as well.