Superintendents nervous about annual grades for NM schools

Full story: Carlsbad Current-Argus

School superintendents already are nervous about a forthcoming law that will give every public school in New Mexico annual grades of A through F. The state Public Education Department will not hand out the first official grades until the summer of 2012, but Gov.
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of course they're nervous! They've been failing!
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If we would get back to letting the teachers teach, and start back at the basics we would not have to worry. Superintendents should worry, they have their priorities wrong. It is not how nice your building is, how good your sports program is that matters. What matters is that the kids have good teachers who are teaching the kids how to problem solve, read, write, and work hard. Get back to that and start new and things will come around.
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The real problem starts at home. If we as parents make it a priority and take an active role in the educational process of our children, we are then opening the doors for teaching and learning to occur. It is not just the schools repsonsibility for education...IT STARTS AT HOME with parents making it a priority.

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Jun 28, 2011
 
The article wrote:
School superintendents already are nervous about a forthcoming law that will give every public school in New Mexico annual grades of A through F.
At the risk of a copy-cat of the comment made by "Guest"...
... of course they're nervous. There may be a light shining on them that they've never had before, and poor-performances may show up clearly. In other words, if you want the top-job at a school (and the big bucks that come with it), you have to be willing and able to accept such critique in the event your school doesn't perform.
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Now cbad local your thinking to lodgical. Parents actually become active in their childs life "How Dare You Say this". Lets leave it up to a teacher who is underpaid and over worked. A teacher who has listened to god knows how many different Superintendents over the past 23 years in Carlsbad and have brought their own agenda with them. Or a president who started no student left behind and the teacher is left with the task of educating this student who's parents were left behind. So cbad you say your sorry for thing thinking this way.

squidlyman, your ideas are as stupid as you name. Teachers work their butts off trying to educate your inbred offspring.

An no I'm not a teacher.

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car 54 wrote:
squidlyman, your ideas are as stupid as you name. Teachers work their butts off trying to educate your inbred offspring.
An no I'm not a teacher.
My comment, if you read it properly, is focused on the perceptions of the administrators toward this upcoming classification, and not at all related to the teaching/faculty personnel.

As for my online name... I'm sure there are much worse out there (such as "car 54"?), and it may be useful to remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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Jun 28, 2011
 
I am a teacher, a high school teacher who has all 4 grades, 9-12, and I would like to say that I agree that we need to get back to the basics. Students who cannot read should not be promoted in ANY grade, especially at the elementary levels. I cannot tell you how many juniors and seniors who enter my room and cannot read or comprehend what they are reading. We need to go back to simple math and language skills with many of our students. Are they ALL behind? No! Are there students whose parents are involved and do care? YES! But real question is, how do we continue to challenge the students who are on track, learning and prospering, and how do we help those who are not? It is easy to place the blame on parents, administrators, teachers, and even the students themselves, however blame does not solve the problem. It seems to me, rather than discussing who is at fault we need to look at what the district and community can do to help. Working with the students at the early elementary age, when they are still "wanting" to learn, in my opinion, will help all students become more successful middle school and high school students. We cannot keep doing the same thing over and over and expect and different outcome. Just saying and it's only my opinion, take it for what it's worth!
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Just saying, you are really right on.

I agree with others too that yes it does start at home. Parents need to be active in their child's education. Hello when they start to fall behind it should not be ignored, if you see them struggle help them! We have many good teachers that are willing to help the parents and the children by offering good ideas and resources of how to help the child. Don't wait for years and years. We need to help our children right away. We need to let our teachers teach, we need to allow our teachers the freedom of teaching and not just how to get a child to pass a test. There are so many problems that one simple thing will not fix the problem. Really it needs to be individual, the parents helping their students, the parents supporting the teachers, and asking what they can do to help. That is a start and then pushing the administration to do better. It starts on the individual basis and we need to build from there.

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