Less Of X…

Per this post from the other day, Maryland provides a handy example of what ‘less of X’ might look like.   Everyone is for teacher evaluation, just not the exact one the state committed to in its Race to the Top application…’we’re still doing X’!

4 Responses to “Less Of X…”

  1. Marylander Says:

    Yes, an example of “less of X” but not as a result of political changes. It’s status quo opposition. Paul Pinsky, the chair of the committee that rejected the measure is a teacher’s union organizer. No, no conflict of interest there. Move along…nothing to see here….

  2. phillipmarlowe Says:

    What will using test scores as 50% of a teacher’s evaluation mean in reality?
    More testing.
    Dr. Grasmick has stated that every child in public schools from PreK to 12 should take standardized tests to evaluate teachers.
    So, you can expect the PreK child to take tests in math, reading, science, social studies, health, language arts, music, PE, art, library and counseling.
    What would the standardized PE test look like?
    What would the instrumental music test look like
    School couselors, who are certified teachers, will be instructing students in social skills that will be tested. The counselor in a small elementary school will have a much easier time than the counselor at Lake Arbor, Vansville, or Barack Obama ESs which have 800 to 900 students.
    In high schools, with 1500 students, how will the media specialists (certified teachers) be evaluated by tests?

    Why is it that back in the 50s and 60s, when supposedly we had a great public school system, they did it without all this standardized testing?

  3. Chris Smyr Says:

    Phillip:

    “So, you can expect the PreK child to take tests in math, reading, science, social studies, health, language arts, music, PE, art, library and counseling.”

    I hope you’re being facetious here, but I will assume you’re not: the reach of pre-K standards is not as wide as you imply here. Most of them can likely be tested within a small number of annual tests (and perhaps even one).

    “What would the standardized [topic] test look like?”

    See here:

    http://www.preknow.org/policy/assessment.cfm

    “Why is it that back in the 50s and 60s, when supposedly we had a great public school system, they did it without all this standardized testing?”

    Since, of course, our educational system was doing great until we up and decided to measure it. How’s that blissful ignorance treating you?

  4. phiilipmarlowe Says:

    How’s that blissful ignorance treating you?
    It would appear better than your impotence treatments.

    I wonder why you stalk me on this site Chris?
    My steadfast support of facts when evaluating Miss Rhee ‘s tenure in DCPS or at Harlem Park ES?
    Andy’s acknowledgment of my posting here on eduwonk (back in January when I put up the unedited Bill Turque critique of the Washington Post editorial staff lovefest with Miss Rhee?)? When did he ever call out your postings?

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