The Economic Policy Institute in the USA has just published a report into the increasinlgly popular practice of evaluating teacher's classroom performance on student's performance in standardised tests, such as the NAPLAN test we use in Australia.
I've spoken several times about my opposition to NAPLAN. And I've also written several times on why teachers should NOT receive merit-pay based on their student's test performance.
This report provide some useful evidence to support the idea that standardised tests should not be the gold standard metric for evaluating teacher performance... (Brief summary from the link below the fold).
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
It's hard to learn anything, or remember much, when your emotions are running high. I was reminded of this important fact this morning.
For most families to function well, routine matters. Our routine in the morning requires our three school-aged girls to be up at 6.45am and downstairs ready to get things happening by 7am. That gives them a full 15 minutes to dress themselves and make their beds. 15 minutes! Considerable time, and they've proven many times that it can be done with ease.
This morning was different.