Enough is Enough!
Evaluating Teachers using the results of the unfair, discriminatory and inappropriate Common Core SBAC test violates the most fundamental precepts of an egalitarian society.
But alas, in a blog post today, the Connecticut Education Association provided its members with a link to, “Resources to Support Educator Evaluation Committees.”
Rather than telling every CEA affiliate and member to BOYCOTT any and all teacher evaluation activities until Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy agrees to decouple teacher evaluations from the unfair, discriminatory and inappropriate Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test results, the Connecticut Education Association tells their members to access a PowerPoint Presentation that explains how to how to develop a plan that, “aligns with the evaluation guidelines’ requirements.”
But the sad reality is that as a result of Governor Malloy’s corporate education reform industry initiative, Connecticut’s existing teacher evaluation process includes a mandate that 22.5% of a teacher’s evaluation be based on the results of what the teacher’s students get on the Common Core SBAC test (and at least one other standardized tests).
This absurd, unfair and ignorant policy is state law despite the fact that every academic study has shown that standardized test scores are driven primarily by poverty, language barriers and the impact of students with special education challenges…all factors for beyond the control of Connecticut’s classroom teachers.
No union – in any state – should be assisting with the development of teacher evaluation programs that include the use of Common Core standardized test results.
Evaluating teachers using the results of the Common Core SBAC test is not only intellectually dishonest but morally reprehensible.
It is not only unfair to teachers, but to the students and parents of Connecticut because it will push away the best teachers from the most challenging classrooms.
In fact, the net effect of Governor Malloy’s unethical teacher evaluation system is that teachers who have the courage, conviction and principles to serve students who live in poverty, who face English Language barriers or wo need special education services will be disproportionately punished for devoting their professional lives to educating our society’s most vulnerable children.
To reiterate – To be clear – To be blunt – Evaluating Teachers using the results of the unfair, discriminatory and inappropriate Common Core SBAC test violates the most fundamental precepts of an egalitarian society and is nothing short of being UnAmerican.
But overlooking that “minor” issue, here is what the CEA is promoting;
Take a look and then tell your student’s teacher – they deserve better!
Professional Development and Evaluation Committees (PDEC) are beginning to review and revise teacher evaluation plans for next year, and CEA is offering resources to support the committees in their work.
New resources available at CEA.org are as follows.
1. Teacher Evaluation Plan Review and Revision: What should your PDEC do? This PowerPoint presentation outlines five basic steps for PDECs to use when reviewing their plans. It will help committees discover what’s working well, what’s challenging, and how the plan aligns with the evaluation guidelines’ requirements.
2. Teacher Evaluation Plan Review and Revision: What should your PDEC discuss? This section of the website contains several documents pertaining to specific evaluation components and processes for the PDEC to discuss.
Find these documents and more on the CEA website here.