Wednesday, June 15, 2016

You are more than a score: Ditch DDMs!

Our students are more than their test scores, and so are you! We can ditch DDMs - but we need your action now.

Go HERE to ask your legislators to get rid of the burdensome and harmful "student impact rating" mandate to judge educators based on MCAS scores and "District-Determined Measures."

Our goal is to get 5,000 e-mails sent to Beacon Hill in the next 10 days. That's a lot. But we can do it if everyone reading this message sends a message now and then forwards the e-mail to five friends, asking them to do the same. Also, please post messages on social media using the hashtag #DitchDDMs - and talk up the effort at end-of-year meetings and events.

Don't wait. We have two short weeks to persuade the House-Senate budget conference committee to back the Senate plan to get rid of the DDM mandate, hated by evaluators and those being evaluated alike.

In addition, be sure to check out The Boston Globe on Thursday for our ad on this issue. And if you live anywhere near Malden, please mark your calendar for a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting on DDMs. The meeting will be held at 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, beginning at 5 p.m. on June 27.  Details will follow next week.

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