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Letter: Test scores never measure teacher

Many desks were empty in this classroom at

Many desks were empty in this classroom at Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School as students opted out of taking the state's English Language Arts test Thursday, April 16, 2015. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Evaluations and standardized test scores remain the prime barometers in judging teachers ["LI teacher's eval lawsuit advances," News, June 3]. No matter how you calculate the weight of each, you cannot ascertain the teacher's true effectiveness.

Needless to say, observations done by qualified administrators should reflect a teacher's performance in the classroom. However, there isn't any guarantee that the material presented will always be absorbed with the same degree of success. Student response will vary. Some will thrive while others will not.

Standardized test scores should be factored in as infinitessimally as possible.

John J. Scibelli, Rosedale

Editor's note: The writer is a public school English teacher.