Rally held against proposed teacher evaluation system

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal would tie teacher evaluations more closely to students' state test scores.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal would tie teacher evaluations more closely to students' state test scores. (3/30/15)

WOODBURY - Hundreds of Long Island residents gathered in West Islip Monday night to rally against the new teacher-evaluation system included in the state's budget.

New York state lawmakers are expected to approve a $142 billion budget proposal that includes a more rigorous teacher-evaluation system.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal would tie teacher evaluations more closely to students' state test scores. The changes would be left to the state's Department of Education to work out.

Jeanette Deutermann, of LI Opt Out, says that many parents on the Island are taking a stand by refusing to have their kids take the state exams.

"They rely on test scores," Deutermann said. "If they do not have the test scores, they can't do this to us. So, we're recommending that parents seriously consider denying them the data."

John Foy, of Bay Shore, does not agree that teacher evaluations should be tied to test scores, but there should be accountability in education.

The budget agreement also includes new rules aimed at making it easier to dismiss ineffective educators. Additionally, low-performing schools will be given one to two years to implement plans before being taken over by the state.

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