Teacher Evaluations: Join the Conversation

Updated 5/22/12: Visit Bank Street’s Resource Guide for tips on how to lend your voice to the conversation.Use #bscteachereval to see the panel’s live Twitter feed.
On Saturday, May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Bank Street College Graduate School of Education hosted a forum titled “Misconceptions and Realities About New York State Teacher and Leader Evaluation: Where Do We Go From Here?”
The event was designed to help parents, educators, and leaders to better understand New York State’s teacher and leader evaluation law, and to constructively advocate for reasonable solutions that truly put students’ learning first.
The Issue
In March of this year, New York State passed a new teacher and leader evaluation law that will use students’ standardized test scores as part of the  professional evaluation process for teachers and school principals.
Andrew Cuomo has endorsed the law as “a new national model for teacher evaluations that will put our students first and put New York State at the front of the class when it comes to school accountability.”
While most agree with the Governor’s emphasis on improving education for the benefit of the state and the welfare of children, many researchers and educators are concerned about the consequences of relying primarily on test scores to measure student achievement and teacher performance.
Talk to Experts, Get the Whole Story
There is no simple solution to the complex issue of teacher and leader assessment. Bank Street’s goal in hosting Saturday’s discussion was to ensure that all stakeholders have a voice in the conversation, including parents, teacher educators, special and general educators,

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