I think I’m savvy enough on this subject to understand that teaching to a test result is not learning and such a strategy can be unnecessarily stressful on children. But how do we measure the success of teaching and teachers if not with some objective measures?
Look at the article below, do you know of any job or any profession where 96% of workers are effective or highly effective? No employer would accept that measure of its employees.
Here is a profession that seeks tenure unlike virtually any other while opposing various forms of evaluation. How do we balance those positions and still assure ourselves that children are learning the skills they need? How do we evaluate fairly for both teachers and students? Who are we fooling by making tests easier for students or teachers?
The failure of a given student is not all on the teacher; parents and family play a major role in my view. However, if you are testing a large group and proficiency is lacking something is wrong. When measuring proficiency in any subject shouldn’t at least 80% or more be an acceptable minimum standard ? Shouldn’t we be benchmarking against the best groups in the world and not within our states or even Country?
We must prepare our children to compete on a world-class level! AND WE ARE NOT DOING THAT.
Politicians cry over the middle class. Well, all the wealth transfer in the world is not going to help a middle-class that is unprepared for the world of the 21st century. Instead, we create a massive class of Americans getting nowhere and dependent on the relatively few who break out from the mediocre.
What’s your view?
In a bid to snag Race to the Top funds in 2010, New York adopted Common Core standards and required that 20% of teacher evaluations be based on student scores on state tests and another 20% on local objective measures of student learning. Student scores on the tougher new tests plunged. Proficiency dropped to 31% in reading and math in 2013 from 69% and 82%, respectively, in 2009.
Yet even as student measures plunged, local school districts in cahoots with the unions rigged evaluations to ensure that nearly all teachers got good marks. One tactic: Unions collectively bargained for easier local tests to be part of their evaluations. Lo, 96% of teachers statewide were rated “effective” or “highly effective” last year while only about a third of students passed state reading and math tests. Source: Wall Street Journal 12-28-15
As the NYT notes, in many cases a high school education has become a joke, not even qualifying students for the army. And graduation rates mean little if the students are allowed to graduate with no skills.
Congress understood this fundamental point, and kept the testing requirement, when it reauthorized the No Child Left Behind Act — now called the Every Student Succeeds Act — last month. But lawmakers ducked the most important problem: the fact that most states still have weak curriculums and graduation requirements that make high school diplomas useless and that leave graduates unprepared for college, the job market or even meeting entry requirements for the Army.
The costs associated with this problem are demonstrated in a recent report by Motoko Rich in The Times, which focused on Berea High School in Greenville, S.C., where the graduation rate has risen to 80 percent, from under 65 percent just four years ago. But college entrance exams given to 11th graders last year showed that only one in 10 students was ready for college-level reading and only about one in 14 was prepared for entry-level college math. On a separate job skills test, only about half of students demonstrated the math proficiency needed to succeed at most jobs.
Not prepared for college-level reading, reading‼️the most basic skill.
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