Get my point? A huge body of research shows teachers account for 10-15% of test-based measures of student learning; the largest factors that determine a student's test scores occur out of school.
Yet Ruiz and other reformy types pat themselves on the back while focusing solely on teachers. It's like having the transmission fall out of your car, and then bragging about how you fixed it by inflating the tires. Yes, it's important to inflate the tires, but that's not the real problem.
Further, this bill assumes we can separate teachers into four classes of "effectiveness" when there is no evidence that we can (this is one of Matt DiCarlo's best posts about teacher evaluations - read the entire thing, I'm begging you!). And then there's the problem of how only 10-20% of teachers can be assessed with test scores anyway (and then read this one by Bruce Baker! Please! I'm talking to you, NJ pundits...)
But the details seem not to concern Ruiz:
The controversial stuff: The whole push for tenure reform has gotten caught in the debate over how to measure whether a teacher's students have progressed, and how much those measurements should count in the evaluation. Christie has sought that student test scores, where applicable, count as much as 45 percent of the overall evaluation. Ruiz is more general in her provisions, listing a broad array of criteria, including that they be “partially based on multiple objective measures of student learning.“ Still, the district's evaluation methods would need approval of the state commissioner, and if not approved, a state evaluation model could be applied to a district.In other words: Senator Ruiz cannot be bothered with pesky details. It's more important that we do something, because it's all for the
Swell. More later after I finish saving America...