Jere Hochman superintendent of the Bedford Central School District in New York, tries to make sense of the latest test results in this blog.
He has a series of spot-on metaphors.
The state’s policy is based, he writes, is best described as “Fire. Aim. Ready.”
“Raising the bar? High expectations? Every student means every? Rigorous standards? Benchmark assessments? No problem. But don’t make kids and teachers collateral damage due to accelerated, unmapped, make-up-the-rules-as-you-go-along implementation.”
What is it like to be controlled by a state education department that makes up the rules as it goes along, turning students, teachers, and administrators into collateral damage for their half-baked plans and policies?