I am doing a blog post series this October about different things that require a rethink!
Last week, I talked about reading logs. You can check out that post HERE.
Both parents and teachers are frustrated with the amount of testing that is being done. Testing has become a ‘naughty word’ and there’s so much misunderstanding about what should be tested and why we should be testing it…that the necessity for it is lost in the debate over accountability.
Let me be clear and say that accountability is vitally important.
Not too long ago, my buddy Daina from Sticky Notes and Glitter & I started a meme series on Facebook called #realtalkteacher. I love this gem from Daina:
I love watching my students learn and grow. Even when my data hasn’t been the strongest, I learned something and was able to go back and make things better. It was good for my practice to self-reflect.
Here’s where the train went off the track:
Data is used as a weapon of shame against teachers.
Standards are changed and actionable professional development does not accompany it.
The measure of ‘excellence’ is being determined by people who have either never been in a classroom, or have not experienced the classroom in the recent past.
Teachers are being measured by the outcomes of their students.
Accountability at the top of the chain is minimal, while accountability at the bottom–where the teachers are is extreme.