N.J. Legislature Examines Recommendations For New Teacher Evaluations

TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) – If the New Jersey state legislature adopts a new recommendation, teacher evaluations could see a significant change.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports

The recommendation calls for half of a teacher’s evaluation to be based on students’ test scores—a measure that the New Jersey Teacher’s Association and education experts say would be unreliable and should not be used in high stakes personnel decisions.

Gov. Chris Christie, however, called the association’s stance troubling.

“The NJEA (New Jersey Education Associaton) is once again proving to be the dinosaur they are. They’re in denial,” Christie said. “I don’t understand why it is that I care more about those kids than they do. It’s obvious that I do because they don’t want to make any changes.”

Christie said that the state has 100,000 public school teachers, but only 17 were fired for poor performance in the past decade.

Opponents continue to say that the new evaluation could lead to more standardized testing of children.

Christie, meanwhile, is holding firm on his stance.

“These people are a joke. Barbara Keshishian and the executive director over there are a joke,” Christie said.

If adopted by the legislature, the evaluation could be in place by September.

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  • PG

    Read the research Gov. You again are selling lies and misrepresenting the facxts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • andiamo71

    Why don’t you ask your MOM why basing ratings primarily on test scores is a bad idea, Christie?! Put down the cheeseburgers for a minute and pay attention, you might learn something! When you base ratings on test scores, the teachers have no alternative other than to teach to the test. So, genious-that-you-are, Christie, the school days will be filled primarily of drilling in literacy and math test strategies. A well balanced, diverse education will take a back seat. That means, science, social studies, and whatever else the school might offer will be pushed to the wayside. The kicker is this….the test taking strategies don’t even make them smarter, they only teach them how to eliminate obviously wrong answers! So…the kids aren’t learning any practical life skills; only how to narrow down the best choices on an exam. Get it yet?! THAT’S WHY TEACHERS ARE AGAINST PUTTING SO MUCH WEIGHT ON TESTING! IT’S BECAUSE THEY CARE ABOUT THE KIDS! THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT TEST SCORES ARE THE POLITICIANS WHO WANT TO USE THEM TO BOAST ABOUT HOW GREAT A JOB THEY’RE DOING! Any teacher can attest to what I’m saying. Test scores are a completely unreliable method for evaluating a student’s progress. They force teachers to waste valuable classroom time teaching strategy, instead of teaching kids life skills, or about the world around them. So…who’s the one who’s a joke, governor? BTW…is it true that everything tastes better with bacon??

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