What do we do with a school with low-performing students? (And other Phi Delta Kappa Poll Questions)

It looks like the public is mostly beginning to agree with my take on education. A few findings:
TABLE 1. Let’s say there is a consistently poor-performing school in your community. What do you believe
would be the best solution? Close the school and reopen with a new principal? Close the school and reopen as a public charter school? Close the school and send the students to other higher performing nearby schools? Or, keep the school open with existing teachers and principal and provide comprehensive outside support?
Published in: on August 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. The administration is going to come to regret these quickie turnarounds at the “lowest 5%.” Unlike RttT, this reaches into every state and has resulted in quite a few nonsensical moves — Central Falls, removal of good principals, weird secret formulas for picking the target schools, etc.

    Even on their own terms, in their haste they aren’t even doing justice to their own strategies.

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  2. Well here’s a quagmire for you. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan was quoted in the Washington Post
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/28/AR2010082803319.html

    “We want to hold you accountable for high standards” he said, “but give you the room to get there”…” Our job is support you” Duncan said. “Our job is give you a chance to make a huge difference in children’s lives.”

    Can teachers feel SUPPORTED when they are penalized directly for students’ test scores? Where is the personal accountability in that? Where is the “CHANCE” for teachers in that? Do test scores = high standards?

    The Secretary is giving it everything he has to “take reform show on the road” but it’s not a road show and there is no magic bullet to educational reform.

    Teaching reform begins with teachers feeling they are not pawns in a political game. Making a difference in children’s lives is what matters. How do we get there without demanding that teachers as well as administrators fix it all and then penalize them if they don’t?

    What might happen if we encouraged teachers to be accountable by examining their teaching with the support of colleagues?

    Things that are most worthwhile do take time.
    They especially necessitate that we are honoring and supporting the work that teachers are/ and CAN DO through reforming in the first person through a self-study of their practice.

    Anastasia
    Blog: teaching-insideout.com

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