Press Release

New York City Releases Teacher Rankings Based on Unreliable Data

For Release: 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Contact:

Janet Bass
202-879-4554
jbass@aft.org

 "Today's release amounts to a public flogging of teachers based on faulty data."

WASHINGTON—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on New York City's release of public school teacher rankings:

"It is outrageous that the New York City Department of Education is releasing teacher rankings that, by their own admission, are based on bad, unreliable data. Publicizing this data reneges on a deal I made with former Chancellor Joel Klein years ago that it would only be available to teachers and their supervisors for purposes of improving instruction. Today's release amounts to a public flogging of teachers based on faulty data.

"Instead of working with teachers to develop and implement an evaluation system that assesses teachers based on multiple criteria and helps them improve, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city's education officials preferred to publicly ridicule teachers.

"City officials are disingenuously telling parents, reporters, principals, teachers and others that they shouldn't draw conclusions based on these scores alone. But who wouldn't, when they have nothing else to use?"

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The AFT represents 1.6 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.