Tying Teacher Performance: Principals With Piles of Papers to Grade

The new evaluation system requires principals to observe teachers in the classroom at least four times a year, taking note of their teaching strategies, ability to engage students and other factors. The old process, used by most Texas districts, requires only one observation, and many veteran teachers are exempt from annual reviews.–Houston Chronicle, 7.29.11  … Read More Tying Teacher Performance: Principals With Piles of Papers to Grade

AYP: If You’re Not Cheating, You’re Not Trying

The teacher “admitted to prompting students by inflecting her voice to emphasize the correct answer,” the state investigation said.  —Atlanta Journal Constitution, 7.28.11 There has been an endless tomahawk chop of stories, commentary and spleen venting regarding the discovery that organized standardized test cheating has been going on in Atlanta Public Schools.  There’s not much… Read More AYP: If You’re Not Cheating, You’re Not Trying

AYP Break Time: “Our Country is Filthy with Socialists, Communist-Inspired Unions” To the Rescue

When things look bleak, and they often look bleaker than any Bergman film, nothing lightens the mood like some Tea Party Performance Art.  Deftly combining parody with a certain deliberate anti-logic, Tea Party writers are reinventing satire, while also absurdly mocking themselves in the mold of “simple” comedians like  Andy Kaufman or Emo Phillips. Even… Read More AYP Break Time: “Our Country is Filthy with Socialists, Communist-Inspired Unions” To the Rescue

New Mexico AYP 2011: Late-Summer Reading About Our Future (i.e., Florida)

In the last post, your humble blogger noted that he would be crawling under a rock to avoid all so-called discussion about New Mexico’s standardized test scoring. Well, there’s lots of time for reading when safely covered by a solid rock, especially if you bring a good, strong light with you. And/or a laptop with… Read More New Mexico AYP 2011: Late-Summer Reading About Our Future (i.e., Florida)