The Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would bar public schools from using students’ standardized-test scores to evaluate teachers — a priority of the state’s politically powerful teachers unions.
“Our legislation reflects that the performance of our teachers and students may not be accurately reflected in these test scores,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx).
Gov. Cuomo, who once championed using the test results to evaluate teachers, has flipped on the issue.
After Heastie introduced the bill last week, a Cuomo spokesman said, “We have been working with the Legislature and education community for months to address this issue and would like to reach a resolution this session.”
Cuomo’s Democratic primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, also opposes using the tests.
A moratorium on using the test results for teacher evaluations remains in effect until the end of the next school year.
Republicans in the state Senate, fighting to maintain their control of the chamber heading into the fall elections, are facing enormous pressure to pass the bill.