Palumbo Joins Assembly to Bring Power Back to Teachers

May 4, 2018

Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk) showed his support for a bill that passed the Assembly which would remove state standardized test scores as criteria for teacher and principal evaluations (A.10475). The current law, which passed in 2015, adopted a new annual teacher and principal evaluation system that required the use of state-created or administered assessments as a subcomponent to determine a teacher or principal's effectiveness.

“I am very pleased to see this bill pass today,” said Palumbo. “Teachers have had their hands tied since 2015, forcing them to focus hours of classroom time on preparing students for standardized tests, rather than teaching them the curriculum. Our teachers and parents know their students and children best, we should allow them to do their job and teach. This is a great victory for our teachers, students and parents alike.”