Board halts use of state tests to evaluate teachers
The New York State Board of Regents has passed an emergency rule to place a four-year halt on the use of standardized state test scores to rate the job performance of teachers.
The move, passed in a 15-1 vote, reverses a key component of the controversial Common Core standards.
During the moratorium, teachers' ratings would come from results of classroom observations and tests locally selected by school districts, instead of being tied to the standardized exams.
Dr. Sheri Lederman, a fourth-grade teacher, says she was one of the educators unfairly evaluated under Common Core. The 18-year veteran of the Great Neck school system received an "ineffective" rating on the part of her evaluation tied to student test scores.
In August, Lederman filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Education, claiming the way student scores are calculated into a teacher's rating is statistically flawed. A judge's decision in that case is expected to be announced soon.
The Board of Regents' decision for the four-year moratorium is effective immediately. Its vote comes days after the Common Core Task Force, appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, called for a complete overhaul of the curriculum.