The “architect” of the recent changes to the SAT’s is also known as the “Architect” of Common Core and critics feel that the recently announced changes will pave the way for forcing local school districts to change their curriculum after all.
Across the country, resistance is growing against public education's increased dependence on high-stakes standardized testing and on exclusionary discipline, such as suspensions, expulsions, and school-based arrests.
Not many teachers can be evaluated using state test scores The Seattle Times (blog) There's wide agreement that student learning should be part of teacher and principal evaluations, and that such growth can't be measured by any one test.
Missouri Secondary Principals's insight:
Washington teachers don’t teach grades or subjects that are covered by them..., it’s only about 16 percent.
The shift to online testing poses major equity concerns, and not just because some districts have stronger bandwidth and more computers. Middle-income and wealthy students are more likely to have regular access to an array of tablets and computers at home that will help them become more proficient with typing and other keyboarding skills.
At the same time, the professional learning supporting these two reform efforts has focused separately on either implementation of educator effectiveness or on Common Core. Principal professional learning, for example, has focused on the mechanics of the evaluation system rather than on the instructional practices aligned to the Common Core; while teacher professional learning on the Common Core too infrequently integrates educator effectiveness components of continuous improvement, content depth, content-specific pedagogy, and goals for educator and student learning.
High school leaders get a lesson on 'How to be a Better Athlete' Steamboat Pilot & Today More than 20 Steamboat Springs High School student-athletes sat in on Underwood's hour-long lecture entitled, “How to be a Better Athlete.” The athletes were...