I love your name. That should be my name. I am all about HIGHER STANDARDS. Just to enlighten you on State Standards and my college degree, the standards have always driven my instruction. The problem is that I stay up late writing lesson plans that meet the needs of my grade-level teachers and not my students. So... If my neighbor doesn't want to do something that I think will meet the needs of my students, I can't do it because we have to be cookie cutter teachers. STUPID!!! STUPID!!! STUPID!!! I thought I was suppose to meet the needs of my students.<quoted text>
Let me thank you for your dedication to your students. They are very lucky to have such a caring, hard-working teacher. I can only hope you continue to model your dedication to your students by tackling new changes in the FCSD head on. What are we telling students if we leave or drop out when the going gets tough?
Before Dr. Ingram came to Fairfield County and required you to teach the state standards, the State of South Carolina required you to teach the state standards. The only difference is that the previous administration has not held teachers accountable for teaching the state standards. Why? Because student failure has not bothered the previous administration ENOUGH to actually do something about it! I have a news flash, too. Any teacher applying for a job in Richland 2 will have to teach the same state standards teachers in Fairfield County are teaching. It is required by the state!
So if you are now staying up to the wee hours of the night to prepare lessons based on state standards, what exactly were you teaching in the past? Since you are a college graduate, you do realize that required curriculum is determined by the state in which you live, not the teacher’s edition your school system has adopted?
Regarding the CRTs you said,“Use it for assessment feedback to help teachers form small group instruction.” Did this help any of the students in the first and second nine weeks? Did you see test scores fly off the charts because teachers had a newfound duty to better serve their students? No. Have you considered that many teachers are not motivated to change their instructional strategies on their own or they would have already done so? Accountability is a motivating tool. Unlike you, too many teachers only complete the minimum requirements. Most are not making great strides to increase their student achievement. Otherwise, Fairfield County’s test scores would not be in shambles. It is time to embrace change, not run from it!
As far as the CRT, I did use that info and other clssroom assessments to form small group. I don't know if my chidren's scores would be different because they were not given the opportunity to retake the 1st and 2nd CRT. BUT, as for the small groups that I formed, the improvement IS shown in my gradebook. AND, my scores for the 3rd CRT were not below 80. YIPPEE!
I am not running. I am aimimg for the best for my children who will be in school next year or so. They deserve better than all the foolishness that is going on here. I want his/her teacher to meet his/her needs and not the teachers next door. Again, I encourage you to come and see the FINE, FINE teachers at FPS and hurry because they will be gone in 17 days.