Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi is sponsoring a bill that seeks to end the mandated use of standardized test results as part of teacher evaluations.

Brindisi says the legislation will help school districts more fairly evaluate their teachers.

He says in many cases, standardized tests are not an accurate barometer of the performance of the diverse students that live here in the Mohawk Valley.

Simply put, the performance of teachers and students alike may not be reflected in test scores. Students can learn in a variety of ways, and this bill reflects that.  It puts into place common-sense reforms that will help children grow, while improving our educational system,” Brindisi said.

Senator Joseph Griffo is co-sponsoring similar legislation the State Senate

“Standardized test scores don’t accurately reflect the effectiveness of teachers and administrators in classrooms and school districts throughout the state,”  Griffo said. “These teachers, principals and school districts are the ones who know their students best, so they should have the ability to negotiate whether they would like to use standardized tests in teacher or principal evaluations. This legislation ensures that a more fair and effective method of evaluating teachers and principals will be established.”