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  •  There's no doubt that the teachers and students (1+ / 0-)
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    who were being victimized by those principals will be better off for their removal, but that makes their replacement all the more crucial.  The entire culture will need to be re-crafted with sane, ethical leadership.  

    As a teacher myself, I can simply not imagine how awful it must have been working in that regime for the past years. And, I wonder how many good teacher fled the district over the last few years?  I know that I wouldn't have been able to take it.  I'd have probably been hounded out given how I don't give a fig about (no, loathe is a better descriptor) the standardized tests.  

    We use the national and state standards to create common assessments as content teams and do pre and post testing.  We KNOW exactly how well each of our students has mastered the content, and we remediate immediately to ensure mastery by all children. We run real time math and literacy tests using on-line Scantron testing 3 x each year to specifically monitor where each child is on specific skills.  We use the results to track students into enrichment and after-school, small group tutoring in real time.  That's the type of testing that we can use to improve student learning -- not the standardized tests.

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    by bkamr on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 11:55:43 AM PDT

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