April 2010 Archives

http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2010/04/28/tln_cohen_teachquality.html

A well-argued rebuttal for the use of students' test scores in teacher evaluations. It captures the essence of the problem, which is that global assessments fail to capture local variations, and education is all about the local variations: meeting the students where they are. Sure, larger standards need to be kept in view, but they should not play such a large role in determining the fate of people whose profession it is to bridge the gaps between those end-goals and the students' capabilities in the moment.

(And hello! It's been a while. I've been working most of my waking hours recently on a role in the school musical and my vocal group's spring concert in addition to the usual English grading and prep load. With AP exams looming, I should have a little more time soon to blog a bit more. Lots of things to reflect on from this year...)

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