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As Cuomo declares victory on a teacher-testing agreement, Ravitch says it's a 'dark day... - 0 views

    Appearing with union officials in the Capitol, Governor Andrew Cuomo called the agreement "a victory for all New York State."

    Diane Ravitch, an education expert and professor at New York University, doesn't like the deal at all.

    Under the deal, 60 percent of a teacher's evaluation will be based on subjective classroom observations by the principal or other school officials, and up to 40 percent will be based on student scores on statewide standardized tests.

    In an email to me, Ravitch said, "40% is too much, in my view" and "evaluations should be conducted by experienced professionals."

    She said the plan could result in unfairly low evaluation scores for teachers dealing with students who are not prepared for standardized tests (for example, students with learning disabilities and those who are not proficient in English).
Jeff Bernstein

10th Period: Fordham's Response to Ravitch - 0 views

    You knew this was coming. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, where Diane Ravitch worked in the late 1990s before she decided that market-based education reform she helped foster wasn't working, has responded to her remarks about Cleveland's recently announced ed reform plan.

    They were quite pointed in their criticism of Ravitch's characterizaton of the Cleveland Plan. They said she missed the point; that Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson isn't turning the keys over to David Brennan and other for-profit operators -- he just wants to ensure that only great schools remain open whether those be District or Charter. They also critized her characterization of the teacher provisions in the Cleveland Plan (which resemble those found in Senate Bill 5, which Ohio voters rejected by a more than 20-point margin in November) as being anti-teacher.
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