Talking about the new federal education law to Springfield’s public radio reporter Dusty Rhodes, IEA President Cinda Klickna said, “You know I think overall, we’re really happy with it. As always, as we move into the implementation, we’re going to have to be paying attention to consequences and ramifications that are in there that weren’t quite understood at the beginning, Even though there will still be tests, they won’t be used in the punitive way they’ve been used for the past decade.”
I had to read that again.
Either Klickna is ignorant of what the law does or she is hiding the truth.
The use of student performance measures, including tests, are currently used to punish teachers throughout the state.
The punishment is a part of Illinois law. PERA, the Performance Evaluation Reform Act, was passed and signed by Governor Quinn. It was proposed to the legislature by a commission headed by the IEA’s own Executive Director, Audrey Soglin.
Nothing in ESSA changes what PERA requires. In fact, ESSA strengthens the powers of the state and state legislatures in enacting teacher evaluation laws and regs.
I asked a national NEA leader about this.
My assessment of the situation in Illinois was confirmed.
It was also confirmed by local union leaders throughout Illinois, most of whom have already set up their PERA committees or are in the process now.
All school districts in Illinois must be in compliance with PERA by 2016.
ESSA will have no impact on it.