@to all, Jerry Eads is an expert on testing. So, if he does not mind, ask him any of your testing concerns.
I'll be looking closely to see if that pops up again. GaDOE isn't exactly staffed up to verify all of what they get from schools.
@Kidsrkey, I think the Legislature and the governor understand the need for early intervention and for getting kids into preschool earlier, but there isn't enough political will to make it happen. There is a still a sense among some legislators that paying for pre-k is paying for daycare.
Yep. Budget cuts. That's a part of it. But a lot of this just seems to rely on a sort of honor system in hoping the state gets accurate data.
NGeorgiaNow: Props for having kids who WANT to go to school!
@ngeorgia, I am sorry to hear that. I do think that Gwinnett will be poring over its grades and creating interventions. The district seems quicker than most to respond. I am more concerned about the general decline in DeKalb. While it has some standout schools, its overall grades fell a bit. Not sure what to make of DeKalb. The chaos and the corruptions has taken its toll. I think the remarkable score of the Early College programs is worth discussing here. Small and intense is paying off.
Uh-oh, Jerry. You've added Common Core to this discussion.
What's that movie title? There Will Be Blood?
NGeorgiaNow: That's definitely what I hear from teachers. But they willingly embrace a big load. The big question is what's the best system to fairly evaluate them.
@ngeorgia, I agree that teachers can't do it all. However, we can't regulate better parents, much as we would like to do so. Whenever I interview adults who defied terrible backgrounds and unavailable or absent parents, they almost always cite one person -- teacher, coach, minister -- who became an ally, a champion. Wish every kid could find that one person when their parents aren't willing or able.
I won't be offering an opinion on CC, as I have no desire
to be hung in effigy. I'll happily cover both sides of the debate, though.
Lynn: That's shocking to me. Really is. Wow.
@teacherinGwinnett Also complicating matters is the fact that many of these school systems -- including Gwinnett -- have their own police departments. So there's not an independent officer making decision about what charges should be made... it's officers that report to the Superintendent.
@Kidsrkey, Several people sent me a link recently to a teacher resignation later where the teacher cited Common Core and the stress it is causing her students. She said her students were struggling with the increasing time demands. Some kids were in tears. Yet, the latest reports are that US kids spend an average of seven hours a day on entertainment media, including televisions, computers, phones and other electronic devices. While I know the top sliver of high achievers may be overwhelmed, how about the rest of kids?
Grayson: That new super in APS does have a huge job. And, nope, data won't solve problems by itself. It could, though, give her a path, show her where the trouble spots are.
Lynn, Where did the other high school students go -- back to their home schools? I still think a program that takes an at-risk population and gets them not only to graduation but to college is worth exploring.
Dunwoody Mom: You are absolutely correct. I've listened to the debate at meetings and folks just seem to talk past one another.