Here is MUST read article by Michael Pertrilli of the Thomas bB. Fordham institute where they held a competition, open to all, which challenged people to come up with new state accountability systems. They are fantastic and I love that Michael points out that NOT ONE OF THEM suggested proficiency rates!
Check this article out by Michael McGill called “With ESSA, States Should Partner With Districts”.
He brings up several great points while highlighting what I feel is the most important part of this whole process. PARTNERSHIP.
State and schools have an amazing opportunity to put NCLB act behind us and make a difference and I am honestly scared that they will let it slip through their fingers.
We need to make changes to bring better teachers into education who have left for other careers (Me), diversifying and solidifying assessments, sharing best practices and information, establish a responsible way to hold teachers accountable to be better educators, and, maybe most importantly, develop school of choice. Let’s level out the playing field between charters and public schools huh!? Our sole responsibility is to educate kids but more and more often I see fights between schools over things that do not effect student achievement.