Caught in a Vise: The Challenges Facing Teacher Preparation in an Era of Accountability

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Ginsberg, R. & Kingston, N. (2014). Caught in a vise: the challenges facing teacher preparation in an era of accountability. Teachers College Record 116(1). Online: Reflecting the view of most teacher educators, “Caught in a Vice” says that teacher educators hear all of the criticisms and are working diligently to address them. They are faced, however, with insurmountable technical problems in assessing teacher and training effectiveness. In other words, they are doing everything that the state of … Read More

The Uneasy Coexistence of High Stakes and Developmental Practice

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American Association of School Administrators Harrington-Lueker, D. (2000). The uneasy coexistence of high stakes and developmental practice.  Online: Written in 2000, the following well illustrates how schools and educators are affected by the propagation of faddish teaching practices.  In the eighties, states dropped traditional teacher-led instruction in order to adopt developmentally appropriate practice in grades K-2.  When school outcomes declined and test-based accountability was imposed to stop the slide, school leaders bemoaned the retreat from what they … Read More

Early-Education Teachers Need Better Training

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Education Week:  Commentary Stevens, K. B. (2015). Early-education teachers need better training. Education Week. Online: “Conventional teacher training comes with a lot of baggage, and relying on it to prepare early educators would be a mistake.” “A 2011 Thomas B. Fordham Institute study by Steve Farkas and Ann Duffett found that half of all education professors themselves think that “‘teacher education programs often fail to prepare teachers for the challenges of teaching in the real world.” That … Read More

Improving Teacher Quality in OK

Improving Teacher Quality in Oklahoma: A Closer Look by John E. Stone, Ed.D., George K. Cunningham, Ph.D., and Donald B. Crawford, Ph.D. Are teacher training and teacher quality in Oklahoma really improving? The answer depends on whom you ask . education.s providers or education.s consumers. Under the guise of vaguely stated pedagogical reforms, Oklahoma is promoting the adoption of an approach to teaching that is at odds with the educational aims of Oklahoma.s parents and taxpayers. In effect, new … Read More

Misdirected Teaching & Failed Reform

Misdirected Teacher Training has Crippled Education Reform Significant Improvement will Require Teaching that Agrees with State Policy Aims An online controversy about the impact of Common Core on teaching in grades preK-3 revealed an illusion that has crippled education reform for decades. Policymakers may think that educators disagree with them only about the means to education reform. In truth, they also disagree about the ends. Since the 1983 Nation at Risk report, state and national policymakers have set … Read More

Are states reporting the truth about student achievement?

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) vs State Self Reports Are States Being Honest with Themselves About Student Achievement? The charts below compare the most recent National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) reports on reading and math achievement with the state self-reports required by the No Child Left Behind Act. The discrepancies are shocking and they clearly illustrate the need for higher standards, but not necessarily for Common Core. What these discrepancies more directly reveal is a continuing … Read More

Steps you can take

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Options for Parent and Citizen Action A school’s scores reflect your child’s risk of success or failure. At some schools, 90% or more of students have mastered reading by grade 3 and only 10% have not.  The national average, however, is around 33%.  Schools with a low percentage of proficient third grade readers will have a low percentage of proficient students in other grades and subjects. 1.  If it appears that your child is among those who are … Read More

2011 VAAA – Indian Trail Middle School

First Place, East Division, K-8/Middle Schools Tammy Pearce, Principal 307 Car Mol Dr. Johnson City, TN 37601 Johnson City Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: Indian Trail Middle School is a 6 th and 7 th grade school with approximately 1100 students. We are proud of the fact that we focus on student achievement and growth. My staff has set high expectations for themselves as well as for our students. Our goal at Indian Trail is to make … Read More

2011 VAAA – Cornersville School First Place, Middle Division, K-8/Middle Schools

First Place, Middle Division, K-8/Middle Schools Bob Edens , Principal 323 S Main Street Cornersville, TN 37047 Marshall County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: 1. Hire teachers who love children and love teaching. 2. Guide the teachers and let them teach. 3. Try new ideas and  new teaching strategies, if it does not work find something else.  Don’t be afraid to change. 4. Know the standards of the subject and teach them. 5. Develop a relationship with … Read More

2011 VAAA – West Carroll Junior High School

First Place, West Division, K-8/Middle Schools Lex Suite, Principal 760 Highway 77 Atwood, TN 38220 West Carroll Special School District Visit website Recipe For Success: West Carroll is both humbled and honored to have been selected by ECF as a Highly Effective School for the 5th time. Our recipe for success has always been based on good ingredients: Our teachers. Our 7 th and 8 th grade teachers have worked together as an effective team for years. They … Read More

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