POSITION ON 3012d
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The current state officers ran on a platform opposing Iannuzzi’s APPR and the way it was created, citing “minimal input from delegates, local presidents, or even the Board of Directors.” Furthermore, they vowed to fix the onerous burdens of APPR, demanded a return to local control, and an end to using standardized testing as an overriding factor in teaching and learning.” In reality, the new matrix-based APPR that NYSUT supports offers less local control, more emphasis on standardized testing, less valid measures for teacher evaluation, and less input from educators. Even more concerning is the mandated inclusion of scores based on a VAM model, a formula that has been proven invalid and volatile. NYSUT members’ demands for the return of local control to collectively bargain the teacher evaluation have been overridden by the Unity Caucus’s demands for the current matrix and the expansion of invalid and unreliable student performance measures to evaluate teachers. One of the defining issues of this election will be whether you support a teacher evaluation based on student performance or (like us) you support the right to negotiate teacher evaluation at the local level. For the next two years, while the APPR moratorium is still in place, we will organize and work to ensure the repeal of the damaging aspects of the Education Transformation Act. Will you stand with us in opposing student performance in teacher evaluation?