An Open Letter to Governor Cuomo: Re-think the Regs of APPR

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Dear Governor Cuomo:

I have my whole professional educational life been a supporter of teacher accountability. And, as you may know, I sided publicly with the findings in your recent report on the sham of current local teacher effectiveness ratings in New York schools and districts.

However, I have long written and consulted on the need for transparency in assessment and accountability via released tests after they are given – as the Regents did for over 100 years until recently. You simply cannot expect people to trust a system in which the scores are psychometrically generated and where I cannot see, for myself, what was assessed and what the actual results were. It fails as both credible accountability and as feedback to teachers.

More bluntly: Would you accept such a system for yourself?

The cardinal rule in Quality Control as formulated by Edwards Deming is Drive Out Fear. Alas, a…

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