Finch Votes to Decouple Standardized Testing, Teacher Evaluations
Today, Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport) voted in favor of legislation which would prevent teacher evaluations from being tied to student performance on state standardized tests.
Finch and his Assembly Minority colleagues have been vocal proponents of this measure for years. In 2014, Finch and his colleagues called for a moratorium on state testing after meeting with teachers, administrators, parents and students. In 2015, Finch and many of his colleagues voted against spending bills which tied teacher evaluations to standardized tests.
Finch is pleased that the Assembly Majority finally joined them in empowering local stakeholders and de-emphasizing the role of standardized testing in New York State education policy.
ďThereís nothing wrong with promoting high standards. However, to evaluate a teacherís performance over an entire school year based on how kids perform on a series of grueling, stressful exams crammed into a couple days has always been a terrible idea. The Minority in the Assembly have been trying to decouple the exams from teacher evaluations for years because itís smart policy. Weíve been working with parents, teachers, administrators and students to craft sensible education policy. The Majority in the Capitol are acting today because the governorís primary opponent, Miranda from Sex and the City, held a press conference saying that she agrees with us. Itís surreal, but reform in this town is elusive, and Iíll take the victories for our kids however they come,Ē said Finch.