As the Christie administration’s new regulations for teacher evaluation near a critical juncture, the prime author of the landmark tenure reform law behind the proposed rules said the administration may be moving too aggressively in some places.
State Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), the legislator most credited for the new tenure law, said yesterday in some of her first public comments on the regulations that the administration’s plans to base 35 percent of certain teachers’ evaluations on state test scores, starting next year, may be too ambitious.
“If we are going to roll out regulations in the first year with the 35 percent component, I have severe concerns with that,” Ruiz said in an interview.
Ruiz, usually fairly circumspect in her public comments, said she is not against the system building to 35 percent over time, but not right away. “It would be a more responsible approach if we grew to that 35 percent,” she said.What would be "more responsible" would be to have an evaluation plan that made mathematical and practical sense; AchieveNJ is clearly not that plan. Given the way the NJDOE apparently wants to convert test scores into a teacher evaluation measure, I'd say the least of our worries is whether the tests count for 35 percent or not.
There's also the issue of the bias SGPs have against teachers of children in economic distress. Maybe we should have thought about these things back when the TEACHNJ law was being written:
I hate to admit this, but Cerf is right: everything his DOE is doing is within the parameters of the law. It's a little late for Ruiz to be worrying about this now; where were these concerns earlier this year when the bill was being shoved through the Legislature?State Education Commissioner Chris Cerf, who worked with Ruiz in crafting the tenure law, said yesterday that his staff’s regulations were in keeping with the statute that Ruiz sponsored and was unanimously approved last summer.
When the lawsuits start, Senator, don't say you weren't warned...
AchieveNJ: Operation Hindenburg