Teachers going into their fourth year without a contract may soon find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place as new state regulations go into effect for the 2014-2015 school year. The regulations would require new testing that would partially evaluate teacher performance and will require a massive upgrade in technology in all Bayonne public schools.
In a presentation before the March 14 meeting, the Bayonne School Board learned that it will soon have to foot the bill for at least 2,400 new computers or their equivalent as well as technology to provide nearly every class room with wifi internet access in order to meet the requirements of new, even more vigorous state testing upon which school funding, some teacher evaluation and other decisions will be made.
“The days of scratch paper, bubble answer sheets and the number two pencils are over,” said Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia McGeehan, referring to materials used in previous testing procedures.
While some Board of Education members have expressed doubts about the effectiveness of the new testing procedures, especially in regards to evaluating teachers and principals, the state under Gov. Christopher Christie, and State Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf are requiring all public schools to adopt the new procedures.