Superintendent's evaluation will include discussion of testing, student performanceby Ann Sutherland on 03/07/14
The FWISD board will be evaluating the superintendent at our March 25 meeting (warning: it will take awhile.). For me, a central issue is the continuing overuse of testing and prescriptive requirements for teachers. I am still collecting information from district teachers, but here is part of what I have found:
The operation of our curriculum department continues to result in unsatisfactory levels of student achievement. Staff must identify and evaluate possible causes of this continued deficit in student performance and present findings to the board. My candidates for investigation include at least these:
--The overprescriptive curriculum does not meet all students’ needs.
--There are too many tests, especially CBAs, which do not predict student success.
--There is insufficient support in classrooms, especially at the early elementary level.
--The curriculum should follow the texts and supporting material rather than skipping around.
We also need to reduce class size, at least to the level of 2011-12.