To the Editor:
In his Commentary “The Plight of Teachers’ Unions,” (May 8, 2013), Arthur Levine implies that he agrees with New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who criticized the local teachers’ union for its “unwillingness to accept outcome-based teacher evaluation.” Actually, anyone who has worked in a school knows that teachers are notorious for boasting about the progress of their students. They routinely pull administrators, other teachers, and parents into their classrooms to see what their kids have done.
What teachers are against is being evaluated on the basis of a single, whole-group test, and, by now, everyone should know why.
Linda Mele Johnson
Long Beach, Calif.
The writer is a retired teacher.
A version of this article appeared in the June 05, 2013 edition of Education Week as Teachers Oppose Sole-Test Evaluation