Will Teacher Bashing Backfire in NYC?
On Friday, the New York City Department of Education lifted its embargo on thousands of Teacher Data Reports, which grade the City's teachers based on progress made by their students on a set of standardized tests. These ratings, which have been acknowledged by the DOE to contain margins of error significant enough to render them unusable as a singular method of evaluation, were nevertheless released by New York's major news agencies when the embargo was lifted -- linking individual teacher names to their scores, and enshrining them in the public record.
In a post for Gotham Schools on Monday, Philissa Cramer described how one school in Brooklyn is dealing with the aftermath of this controversial move, and stepping up efforts to push back on what some see as yet another attack the City's teachers union.
[United Federation of Teachers] President Michael Mulgrew started his week at P.S. 321, a high-performing elementary school in Park Slope whose principal has taken an unusually outspoken stance against the release of thousands of individual teachers’ city ratings.