Problems with CBAsby Ann Sutherland on 03/08/14
A parent posted below asking about the CBAs, saying her child is afraid of these tests. Children should not be afraid of these tests, as they have no real meaning. Some people think the purpose is to target teachers who don't teach the curriculum as dictated by FWISD.
Major problems recently surfaced re the CBAs. Here is Dr. Sorum's message to principals and teachers:
"Principals, I regret having to send this communication however I believe that it is very important that you and your tested content teachers understand that I am very upset about the quality control issues of the last couple of CBAs. I take the work of the Teaching and Learning Division very seriously so I am also embarrassed by this. Additionally, I want to make certain that you and your teachers understand that I take these things very seriously and that we are developing a new process for quality control. A component of this is that we will be asking for a teacher from each high school and middle school, each content area, and a good representation of elementary teachers, to participate in a committee that not only review the CBAs for accuracy but also review the CBAs for alignment with the state standards and the curriculum.
"In addition to decreasing the errors, this will also be a great professional development opportunity for your teachers that they can share with other teachers on your campuses. A request for participants will be coming to you in this Friday’s principal packet.
"Please share this communication with your tested grade and appropriate content teachers.
"In the spirit of our Baldrige model of continuous improvement, every error is an opportunity for improvement. Thank you for bringing these issues to my attention. I have always appreciated when you bring problems directly to me."
As a board member, I oppose further work on this project which has never been shown to improve student performance--to the contrary, it is a likely cause of the decline in FWISD student performance since it was implemented.