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Teacher evaluation scores to be released

Rochester, N.Y. -- Melissa Barber has a lot on her mind. She's getting her five-year old daughter ready for the first day of Kindergarten. She's also preparing to return to the classroom. She's been teaching in the Rochester City School District for ten years.

Barber said she knows she's a good teacher but she worries the new evaluation system won't reflect that. She said it weighs too heavily on state test scores, which she said teachers have no control over.

Barber refused to let her own children take those Common Core tests. She also said her students felt pressured when taking the tests, knowing it not only affected them, but also their teacher.

Barber told 13WHAM News: "They know if they don't pass state tests, their teachers could fail. And get fired. Kids aren't stupid."

The Rochester City School District says teachers will learn their scores next week.

The ratings range from Highly Effective, Effective, to Developing or Ineffective.

The RCSD says teachers who are developing or ineffective will be given a Teacher Improvement Plan. They will be offered classroom coaches and Professional Development to improve on weak areas.

If performance doesn't improve after the second year, the district can take steps to remove teachers from the classroom.

The Rochester Teacher's Union calls the system: "an unfair numbers game."

Labor Relations Representative David Wurz, who is also a teacher, said it could result in the loss of a lot of good teachers.

On Wednesday Melissa Barber will join other teachers, parents and students to rally against state testing and evaluations, both of which she says set students and teachers up for failure.

They will protest outside the SOTA where State Education Commissioner John King is speaking to a group of City School District Administrators. The meeting is private and not open to the media or public.


Patrice Walsh, 13WHAM-TV
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