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Carol Burris on Problems with APPR and the English Regents
Wouldst our union do a tenth of the work Carol is doing to expose the
Marching on NY State Ed Dept
bullshit from the crooks at the NY State Ed Department, the leaders of whom if justice is ever served, would be removed in handcuffs. Carol suggests writing them. My suggestion would be to go after them with pitchforks.
consider sharing this with principals, teachers, union reps and parents
who would care about this. So much of this is not known or
understood. It will be good to spread this with all who are effected by
Commissioner King imposed an APPR plan on New York City teachers. When
you look at the plan, you see that the scoring band ranges for the first
two categories( student growth), are dramatically different from those used this year.
For example, this year's scoring bands for Ineffective range from 0-2.
But NYC teachers will have an Ineffective range of 0-12. Likewise, this
year Effective starts at 9, but for NYC teachers it will start at 15.
Why? Because the
score band that is being used for APPR scores has serious problems that
cannot be addressed through negotiations. For example, if you get the
rating of 'developing' in all three categories and the scores are on the
low end of developing, you will be rated INEFFECTIVE overall.
Despite the fact
that this is known to SED, they have yet to honestly address it or speak
about it. What is the right thing to do? Have this year's APPR scores
not count, and certainly not have scores shared with parents. It is yet
to be seen if the NYC "fix" will even work. I know this stuff can be
hard to understand, (which is probably what SED is counting on), but
this needs to come to light.
On another note, a
South Side English teacher, Chris Webster, did a great job explaining
how the passing and mastery cut scores for the ELA Regents were
manipulated and wrote to John King about the problem. You can read his
preparation for next year's Common Core ELA exam? The problems that are
being caused by the so-called state reform agenda are staggering, as
are the tax dollars being wasted. It is now officially summer, and you
have a bit more time. Write to the Regents. Write to the legislature.
Let them know what the first year of APPR was like. Let them know what
testing is doing to your students. You can find all of the email
addresses that you need on www.newyorkprincipals.org
If you send me your emails to the Regents, Commissioner, Governor etc, I will post them so that others can see them as well.