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  •  Case study: my brother (4+ / 0-)

    My brother read significantly below grade level for most of his time in elementary school. A 5th grade teacher happened upon his love of cars, motors and engines and he rapidly started to make up ground: by 7th grade he was solidly on grade level reading. He has now finished his 25th year as a Mercedes repair tech.

    My point here is that his 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade teachers were not incompetent. They simply didn't have the good fortune to happen upon my brother doodling cars and trucks on his bookcovers and notebooks. High stakes testing simply cannot take situations like this - which have very real impacts on student achievement and performance - into account, and I think it would be critically stupid to measure teacher quality on such a narrow scale.

    I have no problem with a more comprehensive rubric: on that includes a range of inputs above and beyond a high stakes test. Certainly that takes much more effort and many more "observers" to execute, but teaching is a collaborative endeavor. That 5th grade teacher of my brother wouldn't have been able to do squat with his insight if the first few teachers hadn't laid down the ground work that was required of them - even if it didn't show up in his progress at the time they worked with my brother.

    Single Payer and WPA 2.0...NOW!!!

    by Egalitare on Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 06:08:59 PM PDT

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