John McCain has always been an advocate for what students truly need to have access to versus being tied to what the system promotes. When it isn’t working for kids, it isn’t working. But also, there is a big difference between McCain and Obama on how we evaluate what is working. Obama wants to maintain a system of negotiated agreements as to what a principal can review, and his plans do NOT require an assessment of student’s achievement in order to evaluate the competence of a teacher.We have to base our decisions about hiring, firing, placement of teachers…everything that happens in a school, on the performance of teachers and their ability to advance learning. As we know, two years with a bad teacher can depress students’ scores for years to come.
—Guestblogger Virginia Walden Ford, Education Policy Adviser, McCain08