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NYSUT, lawmakers push to end teacher evaluations based on student test scores

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The New York State Education Department and the New York State United Teachers union have proposed legislation aimed at stopping the evaluation of teachers and principals based on student test scores. Labeling the current method as “harmful,” the two organizations argue that the practice is flawed and intimidates educators, rather than fostering their development. The proposed change seeks to replace the Annual Professional Performance Review system with a more supportive, locally controlled framework.

This legislative push is part of a broader initiative to address the teacher shortage by making the profession more appealing through improved working and learning conditions. NYSUT President Melinda Person emphasized the importance of a supportive evaluation system for the growth of educators, suggesting that such reforms will enhance the attractiveness of teaching as a career. The bill was presented to state lawmakers, signaling a significant step towards reforming teacher evaluation standards in New York.

The move by New York follows a trend in states reconsidering their teacher evaluation and certification requirements to retain educators. Similar efforts in New Jersey, which recently eliminated the basic skills test requirement for teacher certification, have sparked debate over educational standards and the best methods to ensure quality teaching. New York’s proposed legislation represents a continued shift towards prioritizing educator development and support over traditional assessment metrics.