Suspend and Amend the Education Transformation Act of 2015
It’s not too late to get it right!
We the undersigned request, that in order to prevent further damage to the education of public school children across our state, legislators must immediately:
1. Suspend the Education Transformation Act of 2015 and maintain the current system for one year.
2. Amend the Education Transformation Act of 2015 to require that a panel comprised of experts in the field of psychometrics, teacher evaluation, and seasoned education leaders be convened to design a researched based teacher evaluation system to be implemented in 2016-17 school year.
We repudiate the false narrative persistently perpetuated about public education by NYSED, and further, reject the poorly researched and misguided reform agenda they have pursued. We are unequivocally committed to systems of accountability for teacher performance and student growth, but these systems must be constructed carefully and aligned with research, not political rhetoric.
As parents, school board members and leaders in public schools, we are acutely aware of the damage that has been perpetrated on children as a result of these mandates, and that the damage will expand and accelerate unless there is an immediate suspension of the latest recklessly formulated statutes regarding teacher evaluation and the use of state assessments.
There have been too many rushed and ill-considered changes in New York K-12 education policy. It is time for the Board of Regents to consult experts -- educators and researchers -- in order to create a system that meets the goals of improving teacher practice and student learning. Our 3.1 million children deserve a sound basic education based on evidence-based education policy.
It’s not too late to get it right, stop wasting time, energy, resources, and instructional opportunities for students.
We seek your support to create a coherent and thoughtful process to improve teacher practice and the opportunities afforded our children.
This is a chance for parents, legislators and leaders to do what is right; we need your support and courage to make this a reality.