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Letter: Consider all factors in teacher evaluations

Consider all factors in teacher evaluations

A News editorial posed the question about how educators can be rated “effective” when many schools are considered failing. Allow me to make an observation.

I have been retired for almost 18 years, but I think my experience is still relevant. For 34 years, I taught in one of the best suburban high schools in New York and three years before that in an excellent Buffalo high school. In my fifth year of teaching history, I had a class of 38 Regents level students and I could do no wrong. Every student passed the Regents American exam and almost one-third scored 90 or better. I was a great teacher, I thought!

With three years to go to retirement, I had a non-Regents American class of 20 students. I did not have a good experience with that class. My best student, I recall, got her driver’s license and within 90 minutes of her first drive hit a school bus right outside my classroom window. Another student tried to turn in a fellow student’s homework as her own after using whiteout to erase the name and my grading.

My point is that teacher evaluations must be made, but all factors have to be considered. The Buffalo Bills have not been very good for several years now. Is it all the fault of the head coach?

Robert Snyder

Clarence Center