Thank goodness for Fordham’s Peter Meyer, a master at turning policy gibberish into plain English. But can it possibly be true, as reported in his recent post, that the Regents and the New York State Department of Education went to court with the teachers union over whether test scores would count as 20 percent or 40 percent of a teacher’s annual evaluation? And, after losing, that they are planning to use additional public funds to appeal?
Set aside the fact that New York’s evaluation law (passed to prime the Race to the Top pump) clearly set the ratio at 20 percent. There’s a larger point: WHO CARES?