On May 23, 2011, the New York Times in a front page article reported that the Bloomberg administration had contracted to have tests developed that would add up to eight standardized tests per year for high school students on top of the Regents and a number of tests per year for elementary and middle school students. The tests sole purpose would be to evaluate teachers. This Bloomberg Administration initiative comes from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) agreement a year ago to allow up to 20 percent of a teacher’s evaluation to be based on standardized tests of the children they teach. However, per the agreement, the UFT has the right to reject any testing regime. We teachers, members of the UFT, demand the UFT reject this new testing regime as harmful to the students and incapable of producing any accurate measure of teacher efficacy.
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