Saturday, March 21, 2020
All State And Federal Tests Are Cancelled
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has cancelled all standardized tests for this year for grades 3 to 8 and the high school Regents (Its just a matter of time). In addition, President Trump has cancelled all federally mandated exams. The question is how will it affect the teacher evaluation system this year?
My guess is that there will be no evaluation for teachers this year due to incomplete observations and no tests to evaluate student growth. However, I do expect the DOE to at least try to evaluate the teachers but will fail when they agency is threatened with court action by the union and the Mayor and/or the Governor sides with the teachers, knowing the DOE would lose in court.
I also suspect that the schools will not reopen this school year and that also will contribute to the DOE's failure in winning the argument to try to still evaluate teachers. The only item that the DOE might win on is the tenure issue as they might deny tenure to eligible teachers this year due to having no grades and an incomplete year of data.