Monday, June 17, 2013
The Evaluator For The Teacher Evaluation System And PIP+.
One of the more ominous aspects of the newly imposed teacher evaluation system is the requirement of an evaluator for the "ineffective teacher". The new teacher evaluation system will provide an "evaluator" for the "unlucky 87%" who were rated "ineffective" by the DOE. These "evaluators" will evaluate and try to improve the teaching ability of the "ineffective teachers". This sound good and UFT Michael Mulgrew considered it a win for the union. However, the new "evaluators" will be come from independent companies that are paid by the DOE. Sounds familiar? It should be because that is how the Peer Intervention Program Plus (PIP+) works. Yes, the very same PIP+ that has resulted in a greater than a 90% rate upholding teacher incompetence.
The problem with having an "evaluator" is that just like the PIP+ person. the "evaluator" will not actually model an effective lesson for the teacher in the teacher's class or provide real guidance to the teacher on handling classroom management. Instead the "evaluator" will evaluate the teacher and give suggestions without actually showing the teacher what works and what doesn't for the class. Worse, the "evaluator" will report back to the Principal and the teacher will have no clue what was discussed.
Based upon the latest pilot study, approximately 6% of all teachers were rated "ineffective". That means in the New York City schools of 72,000 teachers, .that 4,320 teachers annually will be rated "ineffective" and since 87% of them will end up with an "evaluator" and if the PIP+ statistics (92%) are any indicator, then it is quite possible that the average annual teacher termination rate would be around 3,500.
Finally, unlike PIP+ which is voluntary, even ifr the union didn't tell you that, the teacher evaluation system "evaluator" is required and it gives the DOE an opportunity to rid themselves of both good and bad teachers and despite what Commissioner John King said./ The DOE will try to fire their way into academic success and ultimately fail as usual. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it is a duck and the "evaluator" is simply PIP+ by another name.