This is my initial post on my new blog, Theory and Practice. It is a forum for summarizing and analyzing what is relevant in education today. Thanks go to Norah Colvin for encouraging me to branch out into this type of weekly reader response. I look forward to keeping this weekly practice of finding the patterns, trends, and themes in education.
What Reflects a Great School? Not Test Scores by Regie Routman (Education Week, October 22, 2014)
Regie Routman writes a very pointed commentary about the educational world’s infatuation with standardized tests. She admits that it is possible to raise assessment scores with lots of preparatory work, but the results are “an achievement mirage” which do not truly reflect a school’s collective ability. Routman calls upon school leaders to avoid such an environment, and instead focus on what works for teachers and students and motivates the entire school to make admirable achievements. Developing trust, modeling best practice during staff meetings, advocating for authenticity in instruction, and “focusing on what’s most essential for students” are some of the most important tenets…
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