Take Action to Review & Revise NY’s APPR Evaluation System

Dear Community Member/Parents,,

It’s time to take a step back and look at New York’s over reliance on standardized Common Core tests. Ask yourself:

  •  Doesn’t it seem wrong that teachers are evaluated on their student’s test performance, when these tests have never been proven as reliable or valid measures of either student or teacher performance?
  •  Shouldn’t we take a step back and first prove these tests are valid measures of student achievement before we sacrifice so much instructional time and money ?
  •  Doesn’t government work better when it is open and transparent? Shouldn’t we be able to see all of the actual test questions? Wouldn’t it help student learning if teachers knew what questions each of their students got right and wrong on state tests?
  • Shouldn’t we focus our time and energy on those districts that need the most help given that our resources are limited?
  • Can’t we work to stop the proposal to make field-testing mandatory, thereby taking away even more instructional time for unproven tests?

If you answered “yes” to each of these questions , please consider copying and pasting the letter below into your own email and use the appropriate emails that are provided, asking NYS Regents to Rethink NYS’s Reliance on High Stakes, Unproven Tests.


To:

Town of Ossining Town of Mount Pleasant
NYS Senator – 38th District David Carlucci
Carlucci@nysenate.gov
NYS Senator – 40th District Greg Ball
gball@nysenate.gov
NYS Assemblyperson – 95th District Sandy Galef
Galefs@assembly.state.ny.us
NYS Assemblyperson – 92nd District Thomas Abinanti
abinantit@assembly.state.ny.us

 

New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King
commissioner@mail.nysed.gov

New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch
regenttisch@mail.nysed.gov

New York State Govenor Andrew Cuomo
gov.cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us
Subject: Take Action to Review & Revise NY’s APPR Evaluation System

Email Body:

I join with the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association and the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents in calling on our State legislators to take action to review and redesign New York’s teacher evaluation system (Annual Professional Performance Review- APPR).The implementation of the current APPR system has led to system redundancies and the over-testing of our students, and has limited a school district’s ability to fire ineffective teachers. An APPR study commissioned by school districts in our area confirmed that the design and implementation of the current APPR plan has intrinsic flaws which need to be addressed. To that end, the State legislature should convene a group of educators, school administrators, lawmakers and state officials to create an evaluation system that focuses less on improving test scores and more on improving instruction. The unintended consequences of the current flawed APPR system on our students and on school district accountability can no longer be ignored.The APPR was hastily written into state law in 2010 to comply with NY’s Race to the Top application (RTTT). RTTT brought NYS $700 million in federal funding coupled with a litany of new regulations. As a result, the APPR had to accommodate many competing agendas. Furthermore, for most school districts in our region, the RTTT dollars have been but a down payment on the cost of implementing those regulations.

I urge you to take immediate action to address the APPR design and implementation issues.