|PARCC--Teacher Evaluations--Mercer County Adminstrators Association Resolution|
RESOLUTION OF THE MERCER COUNTY ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION CONCERNING THE EDUCATIONAL IMPACT OF CHANGES IN GRADUATION REOUIREMENTS. TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL EVALUATIONS, AND STUDENT TEACHING
WHEREAS, the members of the Mercer County Administrators Association fully support educational policies and practices designed to provide results that promote and improve student achievement, college and career readiness, and best teaching practices, and
WHEREAS, we are deeply concerned with the high stakes and ongoing costs associated PARCC testing as well as with the recent changes in the requirements for teacher and principal evaluations, high school graduation, and student teaching; and
WHEREAS, on August 31, 2016, at a time when our teachers, parents and students were eagerly preparing for an exciting start to the new school year, the Depattment of Education announced that students' PARCC test scores will have triple the weight in teachers' and principals' annual evaluations; and
WHEREAS, the seemingly inconsistent guidance provided by the NJDOE officials to CSAs continues to disrnpt the educational environment of school districts by providing inaccurate and/or incomplete information regarding the diagnostic value of the assessment and the most recent untimely August 31, 2016 NJDOE Broadcast announcing the change in mSGP percentages for teachers and principal evaluation; and
WHEREAS, this state-level decision is contrary to the newly-enacted federal Every Student Succeeds Act -the federal law replacing the old NCLB legal framework -which expressly backed away from the NCLB 's elevation of annual standardized testing, and which encouraged states to adopt more flexible measures of student achievement and schools' success; and
WHEREAS, based upon the August 3, 2016 NJ School Board of Education's decision, beginning with the class of 2020 all students must sit and take all sections of the PARCC; and
WHEREAS, beginning with the class of 2021, NJDOE has required all students to pass the PARCC English Language Arts (ELA) 10 and Algebra I assessments as well as take all end-of-course PARCC assessments for which they are eligible (Algebra I, Geometly, Algebra II, ELA 9, ELA 10, ELA 11); and
WHEREAS, the use of alternative assessments will be eliminated for the Class of 2021 despite the fact that the current state passing rates on the PARCC Algebra 1 and ELA 10 assessments are 37 percent and 36 percent, respectively; and
WHEREAS, NJDOE has eliminated all other testing options besides PARCC as ways to satisfy state graduation requirements; and
WHEREAS, NJDOE has eliminated the Alternative High School Assessment, previously used to satisfy state standards by thousands of students unable to pass the HSPA; and
WHEREAS, according to information compiled by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) based upon a settlement agreement reached with the Education Law Center and the NJDOE to resolve a lawsuit over new high school graduation policies, a preliminmy analysis demonstrated more than 10,000 seniors in 2015 - 2016 used the "portfolio review" process to satisfy the state assessment requirement for graduation; and
WHEREAS, the substitution of the new PARCC exams for the State's previous graduation tests -the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) and the Alternative High School Assessment (AHSA) -has dramatically increased the number of students using portfol i os to earn a diploma. (The number of po1tfolios submitted by districts for 201 6 was more than six times that of previous years, and more than half the senior class of 2015 - 2016, over 50,000 students - did not take or did not pass PARCC.); and
WHEREAS, more than fifty-six districts submi tted more than 1 00 portfolios; one hundred submitted more than 50; and nearly one hundred fifty districts submitted l O or more; and
WHEREAS, all of NJDOE's designated substitute assessments are English-only tests that do not provide appropriate accommodations for English Language Leamer students; and
WHEREAS, the August 3,d NJ School Board of Education's officially adopted edTPA, which is an assessment created by Stanford University faculty and staff at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Leaming, and Equity (SCALE); and
WHEREAS, the New Jersey Department of Education has awarded the implementation of edTPA to a third party provider; and
WHEREAS, this new assessment requires student teachers to submit video recordings of their classrooms to this third party provider for evaluation in order to obtain certification;
It is, therefore, the position of the Mercer County Administrators Association that the NJ Department of Education and the New Jersey State Board of Education's new graduation requirements do not align to our shared values, and we stand together in opposition of these changes that are detrimental to our students, teachers, administrators and school communities.
Further, it is the position of the Mercer County Administrators Association that the requirement and submission of videotaping of our respective district's students by student teachers under the provisions of edTPA with the subsequent scoring by a third party provider may not be allowed within our district's.
Further, that videotaping student teachers for the very purpose of licensure of a student teacher, without the benefit of the context of the classroom environment, student demographics and school culture does not align to our shared values.
NOW, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mercer County Administrators Association hereby:
RESOLVED, that this resolution be certified and submitted to our State Representatives, the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Principals and Supervisor Association, the New Jersey Education Association, local municipal leaders, the board secretaries of each school district in the county, the County Office of Education, and the Office of the Commissioner of Education.
I, Thomas Smith, President of the Mercer County Administrators Association, in the County of Mercer, and the State of New Jersey, do hereby certify that the foregoing resolution is a true copy of the original resolution duly passed and adopted by the Mercer County Administrators Association at a meeting held on the 4th day of November, 2016.
David M. Aderhold, Treasurer Superintendent of West Windsor - Plainsboro
Crystal Edwards, Superintendent of Lawrence Steve Cochrane, Superintendent of Princeton
Kathleen Foster, Acting Superintendent Robbinsville Lucy Feria, Interim Superintendent of Trenton
Richard Katz, Superintendent of East Windsor Michael Nitti, Superintendent of Ewing
Kiery Schneider, Superintendent Mercer CountySpecial Services School District and Mercer County Tech nical Schools