On the other hand, I have eaten the lunch of quite a few demented Libertarians since then.
Let's get something straight: I wear Size 38 pants, just one size bigger than high school, and there has been ALOT of fried cheese between here and there.
TAKE IT BACK!!!!
-P. Hayes, Director, EdFirstSC
Critics of SC public schools ridicule the academic ranking of our students among the 50 states.
Is it funny that we have the 6th highest rate of child poverty in the nation, or that 27% of our children have been without food in the last year?
Children in poverty face obstacles to academic success that the rest of us can't even imagine.
They need our full support to achieve their potential and break the cycle of economic despair.
If test scores meant that a teacher was good or bad at their job, I'd support their responsible use.
I understand why people expect that they would mean that. The simple fact is that they don't.
Here's a link for anyone who's interested in why not: http://www.epi.org/publication/bp278/
As a side note, my ironing is very iffy. If you saw the picture in the print edition, you also know that my pants don't fit right, and I have a tendency to stand awkwardly. I'm told that I have reasonably good manners, and that means more to me.
Jay Ragley likes to call people liars. He's been reprimanded for it by the State Board of Ed. That's funny...I thought a spokesperson was supposed to make your side look better.
I won't call Jay a liar, but I will say that his statement about this system being less stringent than the existing one is horse puckey.
At this time, no teacher is being judged on the test scores of students they did not teach. In the proposed plan, every teacher will be...10% for teachers who give a standardized test, 30% for everyone else. By the way, that's approximately half of our teachers.
If we currently have teachers who get 50% of their evaluation from schoolwide data, as Ragley asserts, can someone please link to the documentation?
I've never heard of Kindergarten, art, and high school Spanish teachers being evaluated this way. I suspect that's because it's an awful idea. People outside the State Department of Ed seem to get that.
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