How does a teacher know which students are struggling readers, struggling in math or any other subject unless there has been some form of assessment? I don’t why I am dismayed, but I am, as this past week it was revealed–in conversations with teachers in three different regions of the state–they have yet to see test results from last spring’s state mandated tests.
It is hard enough most times for teachers to teach when they are faced with challenges like limited resources and students coming to school hungry. But by not allowing teachers to view these test results, administration has added to these challenges. It is invaluable for teachers to have access to these test results for discussion in vertical, horizontal and Professional Learning Communities (PLC) meetings. This data empowers teachers to teach to the areas of misconceptions and to the areas where their students are struggling, so again I ask: without data how?
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.
During this time when schools are cutting valuable programs and positions just to stay afloat, it's important that we do all we can to find funding solutions that could offset--even if just a little--the budget crisis.