“There is no way to measure the effectiveness of an educator. Further, there are too many factors beyond our control which impact how well some students perform on standardized tests, such as poverty, exposure to violence, homelessness, hunger, and other social issues beyond our control.“
– Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, after failing to bring forward a vote to end the CTU strike. Apparently, she hasn’t paid much attention to what her AFT brothers and sisters in New Haven, CT have done, when the established the Teacher Evaluation and Development system in partnership with New Haven Public Schools as part of a collective bargaining agreement.
The New Haven Federation of Teachers seemed to break new ground and establish a fair system for measuring the effectiveness of an educator. The system has been regularly promoted by national AFT President Randi Weingarten, education leaders across the country, thought leaders and the media. Guess the news never quite made it to Chicago, though.