The scrapping of STAR testing is simply Sacramento caving in to a too powerful teachers' union and an unwillingness to hold teachers accountable for student performance. It is only one piece of the formula in evaluating a teacher's effectiveness in the classroom. Foolish to scrap and endanger federal funds without another test in place for which the data is not yet reliable. And, yes, I am a teacher.
Once again the Democrats move to keep students stupid and resist accountability.
@"The scrapping of STAR testing is simply Sacramento caving in to a too powerful teachers' union and an unwillingness to hold teachers accountable for student performance." - False. Teacher accountability is in Ed. Code. The Smarter Balanced test will add student accountability, something that's been missing for years.
"Foolish to scrap and endanger federal funds without another test in place for which the data is not yet reliable." - True, but how would students be tested when classrooms are making the transition from current standards to Common Core?
When you pay teachers nothing, you don't guarantee that the best/brightest will consider it a viable job possibility.
Our nation's success is predicated on 1) the quality of our education and 2) our culture.
As long as teachers are treated like babyitters, and as long as our idea of entertainment is "Real Housewives" then America deserves its reputation as a lazy, ignorant, failing culture.
You want better? Don't beat your chest and yell 'Merica while waving a gun in one hand and a double cheeseburger in the other. Stand up tall and act smart. Don't belittle or underfund intelligence, just because you might not understand everything that's being said. Lift up our best and brightest. Make the country great again.
No one is responsible for them selves ; it is the liberal way !
Feel good america !
crmdgn [curmudgeon? :)] I have taught on both coasts in quality, high performing public school systems in Massachusetts and California. This is simply my perspective in working in California classrooms. Short of one person drinking during school hours - an obvious danger to the safety of students - I never saw one incompetent teacher removed in this state. Obviously, we could likely both write boatloads but I would encourage parents to investigate what others are doing. The reason Massachusetts schools can compete on the global level is that absolutely everyone - students, administration and staff alike - are held accountable. Agreed, transitions are difficult.
@bookldy209 - I stated that teacher accountability [on standardized tests] is presently in the California Ed. Code, which is the topic at hand.
You will never catch me saying there are no incompetent teachers nor that they are held accountable for their actions.
The STAR test was implemented in 1999 by the same people. It was set to expire in 2014, thus the new system, which is supposed to be more in depth. Whether it is or not (and I highly doubt it) we will have to wait and see. When I was in school we had the Cap and CTBS tests. Those were replaced by CLAS testing which went away in favor of STAR, I believe.
While I can't disagree with you in general, and I do believe people are devolving intellectually by the year, I don't see how your comment is relevant to, or addresses anything in this article.
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