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?
We’re back in business, everybody! It was such a pleasure spending the summer with so many of you. We had a great time hosting you at OPSRC and an even better time spending the day with you at your school sites learning about the great work you do on a daily basis.
Happy New Year to you all! I hope your holidays were filled with peace and joy. With 2017 now underway, schools face some changes with ESSA compliance, as well as a U.S. Supreme Court ruling anticipated to issue a final determination on the U.S. Department of Education’s stance on Title IX’s applicability to gender identity.
The January 23rd school shooting in Benton, Kentucky was reported to be the eleventh so far in 2018. Let that sink in for a moment.