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Published: Friday, Sept. 2 2011 6:18 p.m. MDT

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Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

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.

worf
Mcallen, TX

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 unemployment
4. send their jobs to other countries or bring skilled engineers and medical people here.

Again! These tests wastes time and are a joke.

utahprincipal801
Sandy, UT

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!

worf
Mcallen, TX

@ 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.

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