A 2007 UFT Task Force on Testing on which several MORE members served stated:”Do not use student test scores to evaluate teachers. The use of data from student test scores on standardized tests to evaluate teachers may appear simple, be intuitively appealing, but it is wrong.”
However, it was the UFT leadership that made the agreement with Albany to use test scores to evaluate teachers and in fact to this day they say that it is good to use test data in our evaluations. Yet, in their own Task Force on Testing they stated that there is NO research that shows that a single test should be used to evaluate teachers or students. Read this section taken from the report:
“Professional organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association, the National Council on Measurement in Education, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Parent Teacher Association, have all come out against high stakes testing. The American Education Research Association has stated that tests are always fallible and should never be used as high stakes instruments.
Yet wrongheaded proposals from (former) Chancellor Klein, elected officials, corporate heads and other non-educators who do not understand the limitations of the test data continue to call for the misuse of student test scores in order to make important decisions about children as early as kindergarten. They are also proposing misusing these test results as an evaluative tool for teachers, as a factor in determining teacher salaries and as a basis for granting tenure.”
Only a few years after their own report, it was the UFT leadership, not politicians nor corporate leaders, that signed on to something that they know is not a valid way to evaluate teachers. It is time for the UFT leadership to join with community and education groups that are already fighting back against the the use of test scores to evaluate teachers, students, and schools. Students are harmed when the curriculum is narrowed to subjects that are tested.
Please read the full report from UFT task force here
Read the testimony of MORE's Jia Lee to the US Senate's committee on education regarding the misuse of testing for evaluations here: