Assemblywoman Judy Griffin (D-Rockville Centre) announced that legislation she co-sponsored removing the mandate that standardized test scores be used for teacher and principal evaluations has passed the Assembly (A.783).
Weve seen time and time again on Long Island that a one-size-fits-all approach to education does not work for students or teachers, Griffin said. Every student learns differently, and test scores arent an accurate measure of a students knowledge or a teachers ability to educate. As a community activist in the opt-out movement, Ive been fighting alongside parents and educators for years. This legislation is a major victory for them.
The legislation eliminates the requirement that state-created or administered assessments, including the grades 3 through 8 English Language Arts (ELA) and math tests, be used for teacher evaluations and instead allows local school districts and teachers to craft a better evaluation system. The bill also ensures grades 3 through 8 ELA and math assessments arent part of a students permanent record.
Long Island has seen some of the highest student opt-out rates in New York State in recent years. In 2017, 44.2 percent of Nassau County students declined to take the Common Core ELA exam. Griffin noted that one of the major reasons she decided to run for the Assembly was to ensure parents had a strong voice in Albany so that every childs unique educational needs are met.