@ utahprincipal801:Some comments: 1. Research based?
Could you explain who did this research?2. Why do students need to be
tracked by someone other than their teachers and parents?3. Data driven?
How many people are needed to track a student? Wasted money which could be used
for higher teacher salary. Do we not trust teachers? Tracking students are
expensive and worthless.4. Why change instruction and curriculum so many
times? No wonder students are lost and bored. Let the teachers teach and stay
out of the way. Get rid of these crazy tests and student interest will increase.
Schools are for teaching and not being big brother.5. Coaching is the key?
No! Study habits,-researching with an ability to present your findings is the
key. Students need to grow up doing things with limited coaching. A student
should do research papers and study for tests on their own if they're going to
function as adults.6. Teachers improve instruction on their own motivation
and wit and not on some research-based jargon.Look at the past
twenty five year ripple effect, and you find the research-base faulty. Over half
our people on welfare? High unemployment.
Way to go, Canyons District! This is what data driven instruction means. It
means tracking what individual kids don't and do know at the beginning of the
year and changing instruction as needed for ALL the kids. Teaching teachers HOW
to do this with research-based instructional practices is crucial. Coaching is
the key. Good teachers are delighted to improve their instructional practice, no
matter how long they've taught. This is going to have a tremendous ripple effect
throughout the years. Congratulations to all the great kindergarten teachers and
district staff who pulled this off in one year!
These tests and scores are a joke. Do these tests lead to an educated
population? NO! An educated society does not:1. have-over half of
its people on welfare.2. elect corrupt men to govern them.3. have
high unemployment4. send their jobs to other countries or bring skilled
engineers and medical people here.Again! These tests wastes time
and are a joke.
Who really knows how well Canyons is at reading since they IGNORED state law and
didn't use dibbles as required to assess kids reading levels? What upset me the
most is that instead of using the FREE test, they paid out over a million to do
this computer test.