Teacher Evaluations Linked to Common Core Delayed

- Spencerport teachers stood united to say they don't like how the state's Common Core exams assess students.  However, many are praising legislation to put off temporarily the link between scores and teacher evaluations, but they say that's just a piece of the puzzle.

Spencerport teachers put together today's public forum at the Ogden Farmer's Library out of frustration.  Over the last couple of months, more than 5,400 people have signed the stand with Spencerport teachers petition.  They say the scores are flawed, and do not allow teachers to help students improve performance in the future.  Also, some do think the governor's proposal to delay linking teacher evaluations to common core results for two years is a step in the right direction.

"I think it make sense because we believe the tests themselves are flawed.  Again our focus for today isn't really on how the tests are affecting us as teachers, we are more concerned about it being inappropriate in general," said Cosgrove Middle School Teacher Christine Purtell.

Spencerport teachers say they wanted to hold today's forum to explain to the community their frustrations and garner support to get some changes to make testing fair, and meaningful.

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