Regents hold off on watereddown evaluations

Regents hold off on watered-down

The full state Board of Regents had second thoughts about the most
high-profile proposed reform to the Common Core implementation as announced
on Monday: a mechanism that would allow teachers whose evaluations are
imperiled by low student test scores (20 percent of a teacher's score) to
claim that the deficient scores were due to improper professional
development and materials -- that, *to paraphrase "West Side Story,"
<>* the student score is
depressed 'cause the teacher's deprived.

That proposed creation of a get-out-of-your-evaluation-free card prompted *a
brutal response
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who called it yet another delaying action for teacher
evaluations and a sign that the Regents' capacity and performance needs to
be examined. The overall package of Common Core reforms didn't receive a
much better review from teachers unions, which want a total de-linking of
evaluations and student testing related to the Common Core until the
standards are fully implemented.

That initial proposal was tabled until the Regents' April meetings -- at
which time it could still be adopted and take effect on July's round of
teacher evaluations.

Board of Regents Vice Chancellor Anthony Bottar said at the meeting the
evaluation change "has raised a great deal of discussion regarding its
implications and consequences from teachers, the Legislature and the
Governor's office. To give everyone a chance to better understand and gauge
the correct path to follow, we are putting that recommendation out for
comment. This recommendation does not require immediate action and allowing
for public comment will enhance the public deliberations."

Our Rick Karlin caught up with Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch who was
briefly in the state Capitol after Tuesday's meeting. She discussed the
regulatory changes they approved for the Common Core testing regimen below.