It's teacher hunting season!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Diana Williams teaches Mulgrew that new rating system will lead to teaching-to-the-test

So pathetic: A broadcast journalist has to point out to United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew that the new teacher evaluation system (with plenty of observations --thanks, Ed Notes-- of what the system will mean, in action) will lead to more test-prep as "teaching":
On Sunday, May 16, 2010, WABC-TV's Diana Williams pointed out that the new rating system, with its placing 40 percent of a teacher's evaluation on student performance on standardized test performance, will lead to more teaching-to-the-test.
The lame UFT president evaded that point.

Does anyone in the media ever consider the pitfalls of test-emphasis when so many factors are generally beyond a teacher's control, such as whether a student actually shows up to class?

Pertaining to the last point above, note these comments in reaction to a Washington Post article, "Is the public turning against teachers unions?":
if teachers had to deal less with bad parenting (behavior, morals, discipline, work ethic, etc...) and ineffective administrative practices (rules with unrealistic or little punishment, false threats, etc...) then we would be a little less "bad". i am SICK and tired of not having my students show up to school regularly, on time, with materials, and willing/ready to do any work. i guess it must be because i'm a bad teacher and has nothing to do with the fact that most of my students have no accountability nor support from home to push them to appreciate an education.
(Granted, the lower case first-person "i" doesn't look good.)

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