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The Board of Regents will vote at their Sept. 16-17 meeting on making the new teacher-principal evaluation rules permanent. The current rules were adopted on a temporary “emergency” basis.
The current rules maintain a heavy emphasis on testing. Teachers, principals, and schools will be evaluated by the rise or fall of test scores, a practice that promotes teaching to the test, narrowing of the curriculum to only what is tested (math and reading), cheating, gaming the system.
Email or call your Regent and urge him or her to vote NO.
If they say that the bad system, which has no research behind it, is “law,” tell them that good people have a civic duty to resist unjust laws.
The tests have an absurdly high passing mark; they are no valid or reliable. Their purpose is to make your school look bad, so that the state can swoop in and turn it over to a private charter entrepreneur.
Protect your children and public education.
Call or email your Regent. Here is a guide to their emails and the regions they represent.
Here are the Regents who voted to continue the misuse of high-stakes testing a few months ago. Please urge them to vote NO this time:
Here are the Regents who voted NO last time. Please thank them for standing up for common sense, good education, the rights of children, and the dignity of the teaching profession:
If the votes of three Regents were to change, the whole absurd system would come tumbling down, and our Board of Regents could get to work on research-based, evidence-based school reforms, instead of punishments based on invalid standardized tests.