"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Thursday, April 02, 2015


Once again I have to ask the question:

If I was to be rated on the results of the NYS Regents my kids took when I taught, would I be Dr. Effective or Mr. Hide me from kids?

I taught in 3 high schools, each with its own level of poverty. In fact one had NO poverty at all.

In the poorest school (in the Bronx), anywhere from @50%-90+% of my classes (depending on the track) passed the Regents exam. At one Westchester school (where there was NO tracking and a moderate level poverty) the numbers ranged from @70%-90+% passing. Finally at the school with ZERO poverty the range was @90+%-100%... Hmmmm. does anyone see a pattern here?

So Governor Cuomo? Did my effectiveness change or were there other FACTORS that once again show how ridiculous your plan is to rate teaching! 
                                                  Sincerely, Dave 

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