APPR/Teacher Evaluation, Testing/Assessments and Learning Standards
September 11, 2015

AUDIO: Fortino speaks out on APPR, misuse of tests

Source: NYSUT Communications
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Caption: NYSUT Vice President Catalina Fortino. File photo by El-Wise Noisette.

NYSUT Vice President Catalina Fortino spoke to Capitol Pressroom's Susan Arbetter today to explain why the union is calling on the Regents to "stop the insanity" of the broken system for testing and evaluations.

"We're asking the Regents to vote 'no' on the state's June emergency regulations," says Fortino, "and to propose changes to those regulations to provide immediate relief from the state's wide use of the 'growth model' and other unsupported evaluation practices."

"We're adding our voices to the [many] parents who are saying stop the damaging overtesting of students and stop the unfair system of evaluation that reduces students and teachers to a single number."

Added Arbetter: "Somebody said to me the other day that it was like judging a person's entire health by just their cholesterol level."

Exactly.

Listen to the full interview at wcny.org; Fortino's segment begins at 22:13.

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