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TRENTON — Some 40 teachers, parents, union representatives and other education officials told four members of the New Jersey State Board of Education that the state’s new teacher evaluation system is fundamentally flawed and should be changed or put on hold until it can be fixed.
Identified by their “get it right!” stickers, members of the New Jersey Education Association, the state’s largest teacher union, dominated the speakers testifying at an afternoon hearing that followed Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the state board.
“I stand before you today asking you to change these regulations and delay the use of test scores in this evaluation system going forward,” NJEA president Wendell Steinhauer said. “It is unfair to teachers and students to make high-stakes decisions based on a new test, one that has not had a state-wide field test.”
The testimony followed a meeting highlighted by a presentation from Department of Education Chief Academic Officer Tracey Severns, who defended the state’s push to roll out the new computer-based test to measure student mastery of material as well as to evaluate teacher effectiveness.… Read the rest