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Rome superintendent speaks out against teacher evaluations

The Superintendent of the Rome City School District Peter Blake says something needs to change with the state's teacher evaluation law and he's using his social media platforms to make his opinions known.

Posted: Feb 26, 2018 7:11 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2018 7:15 PM

ROME, NY-- The Superintendent of the Rome City School District Peter Blake says something needs to change with the state's teacher evaluation law and he's using his social media platforms to make his opinions known.


Blake wrote a 1,400 word blog on why he believes the state should remove its current teacher evaluation law.

"It was derived and created by legislators, where as in most professions an evaluation system was developed and implemented by the professionals involved in doing the work," he said. "What's not working is the the level of scrutiny that teachers are under to meeting deadlines and mandates to getting curriculum implemented, to getting lessons taught. I do feel that teachers are too overwhelmed in thinking about their evaluation getting through something rather than taking time to meet the needs of the kids."

Blake said teachers are also dealing with growing class sizes each year. In the Rome district class sizes for 7- 12 grades range from 35 to 27 students. Blake said for an entire grade there are typically 350 students. But the current class sizes for K-2 have grown to 600 students per grade level.

"That brings with it a certain amount of stress relative to many different learning styles," Blake said.

He added that teachers must adapt and to teach for those learning styles.

"And that's a challenge that becomes a challenge when you don't feel like you have the time to focus on some of those things, and or if a kid is causing a disruption, what do you do? Do you go to your agenda and getting through the day's lesson or do you stop what you're doing and focus on the kid? So that daily life of a teacher very different then anyone could imagine right now if you're not working in education."

State officials are working on a new evaluation system that teachers will help design. the new system is set to be in place by the fall of 2019.

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