DOE's High Priest of Standardized Testing To Debate Educators

In an important face off, Shael Polakow-Suransky, DOE's Chief Academic Officer and driving force behind the Bloomberg administration's ramp up of standardized testing will debate with Sean Feeney, a Long Island principal and leader of the statewide revolt against NY State's test-based evaluation program. They'll be joined by Elijah Hawkes, former principal of The James Baldwin Expeditionary Learning School in Manhattan. Meredith Kolodner of The Daily News and Inside Schools will moderate.

Under Polakaw-Suranksy's direction, standardized testing has been forced on NYC public schools for rating students, rating schools, rating principals and most recently, employed in the junk science Teacher Data Reports to publicly rate and humiliate teachers. Affluent suburban schools like Feeney's have gone laregly untouched by the type of testing juggernaut used to bludgeon urban teachers and children but not for long. Governor Cuomo's new evaluation plan will require standardized testing to rate teachers everywhere. Under this plan no teacher can be deemed effective if they don't move test scores.

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