On Saturday, February 25,2012, the NY Post published the names of 12,000 teachers in the NY City Department of Education which listed their percentile scores concerning teaching math and English. Several variables went into computing these scores which the Post reported “That an MIT graduate could not figure out the ranking scores of the teachers;” however I am sure that the Post, and officials, who gathered this data, would be amazed to find out that there are many readers who understand math and statistics. Not to inform people how this score was derived shows a lack of respect for readers, espcially those who are teachers.
Secondly, this is an attack on Mayor Bloomberg, who ran on a platform that reformed the educational system. He gave large raises to teachers before his second term, but did not take into consideration the scores on math and ELA tests in grades three to eight. He boasted about the Teaching Fellows program, who recruited people to be teachers. This non profit organization, selected people with high G.P.A.’s, gave them a two month quick course on how to teach and put them into a classrooms in ” high risk” schools, and paid for their Masters.
One simple point was left out. Most of this information is based on the testing in grades three to eight. The NY State contracted with a private publishing companty, McGraw-Hill/ CTB. I am so glad they use this company. In 1983, they published a 50 chapter handbook in civil engineering. This book was instrumental in helping BP Oil drill in the Gulf of Mexico, which resulted in the worst environmental disasters in that region.