TOO LATE: A statement by Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport)
“Considering the chaos that tying teacher evaluations to Common Core testing has generated, it would’ve been wise for Chancellor Tisch to abandon this failed provision. Though I have consistently supported Common Core’s higher standards, I have been equally staunch in my opposition to its implementation. I have been an outspoken critic of linking teacher evaluations to standardized testing since the measure came to the floor of the Assembly.
“Using standardized testing selectively and judiciously to track academic progress is an acceptable practice. Using standardized testing as a primary driver of teacher evaluations is a misguided approach that shows a disturbing ignorance of the intangible benefits a struggling student can glean from an inspiring instructor.
“Delaying the evaluations is not a solution. We will have this same debate again in a few months. The chancellor should have made a much stronger statement – that Common Core tests should never be tied to a teacher’s Annual Professional Performance Review.”