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
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
You think Congressional Stagnation is bad when it comes to the Budget? Well check out this update on reauthorizing federal K-12 educational policy (i.e. ESEA). The way it looks now, the Chicago Cubs will win a World Series and Albuquerque’s South Valley will have a Thai restaurant before we get to No Child Left Behind… Read More Raising the Educational Debt Ceiling
Despite, or perhaps because of, my inability to write a coherent sentence, I am something of a “writing teacher”. Money electronically flies into my checking account 26 times a year, in large part due to my efforts to instruct 8th graders in how to become better writers. Scary huh? Anyway, one problem in teaching writing… Read More NM AYP 2011: Writing and Standardized Tests
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
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)
Honestly, I’ve tired of it all when it comes to AYP, SBA, PED & IMR (Inane Media Reaction). What is left to “investigate” when 99.999% of the media sources will have “New Mexico Schools Get an F” as a hook, and those now in charge of NM PED will do nothing to “inform” anybody because… Read More New Mexico AYP 2011: Okay We’re All “Failing”…So What?