Now King is giving his former chain gang charters a pass on the Rube Goldberg teacher eval system based on the monstrous TN system.
Story from the Daily News:
State Education Commissioner John King is overhauling the state’s method of evaluating teachers, but the charter schools he used to run aren’t participating.
The high-performing Uncommon Schools — which include 20 schools in Brooklyn — have opted out of receiving federal Race to the Top funds, meaning they don’t have to follow the new state rules in teacher evaluations
“Uncommon Schools have very extensive procedures for teacher evaluation and professional development; their principals are in classrooms every day, observing teachers, giving teachers feedback,” said King, defending the decision, though acknowledging there’s no way for city public schools to opt out. . . .
Balderdash! While these state evaluation procedures being enforced by Mr. King are highly flawed and detrimental; it's pernicious that Mr. King gives the charters carte blanche. It's terribly ironic that experienced and highly educated public school principals are not allowed to do what they were trained to do, yet inexperienced leadership academy principals, principals who took a quick course in the unaccredited Broad Academy, and completely unqualified charter CEOs are permitted to evaluate THEIR teachers. Since charter schools have such a high turnover rate, and so many TFA teachers with no education background or credentials but a 5 week course, one wonders if they will even have time to evaluate their "teachers" before they leave.