VIDEO: NYSUT supports teacher evaluation deal

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The state teachers’ union is supporting an agreement to a two-year delay the use of Common Core tests on most teacher evaluations.

Karen Magee, president of the New York State United Teachers unions, told reporters at the Capitol that the measure, introduced today by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and set for approval by the Legislature, is in line with the union’s goal: to delay using the controversial testing standards to evaluate teachers.

“It’s legislation that’s good at this point in time to ensure that teachers are treated fairly,” Magee said. “It aligns itself with what was done for students as it relates to removal of the test scores for any promotion or graduation. So the tests that have been deemed ineffective have now been pulled out of the teacher-evaluation model, ensuring that teachers are treated fairly.”

The support comes after NYSUT pressed Cuomo and the Legislature to back a moratorium on counting the test results on teacher evaluations, which started last year. In the state budget in March, Cuomo and the Legislature agreed to a two-year delay in using the test results on students’ grades.

“It’s enough to hit pause button and reset,” Magee said of the two-year delay.

The Common Core standards will still be used for some poor performing teachers, but only if their students also performed poorly on other exams, Cuomo’s bill says.

The measure is likely to be approved later today. Assembly Education Committee chairwoman Cathy Nolan, D-Queens, has introduced the bill this afternoon.

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