The New York State United Teachers union is running ads to push the Legislature to install a moratorium on using standardized tests to evaluate teachers.
“A teacher is more than a test score… Tell lawmakers to evaluate that,” the ad concludes.
The state Legislature this year agreed to not count the Common Core-based testing toward determining whether students should go to the next grade for two years. But the tests can still be used to evaluate teachers.
The Assembly has voted to enact a moratorium for the tests to be used to evaluate teachers, but the Senate hasn’t acted, and the legislative session ends next week.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said April 1 that the issue needs to be addressed, but there isn’t an indication that it will.
“Now the Senate and the governor must follow through so that New York state can hit the ‘pause button’ to forestall misuse of these test scores against teachers,” NYSUT President Karen E. Magee said in a statement. “Parents and teachers agree that it’s basic common sense to be sure new curriculum and tests work before making them count.”