What is the One Focus of Texas Education?
What pressure is causing teachers to fear losing their jobs?
What would parents like stopped?
Why would principals cheat?
The answer to all of the question is the STAAR.
When Should State Testing Be STOP?
When the test is no longer assessing student progress, instead it is a “money cow.”
When test results determine whether a student passes or fails an entire year of school or a specific course.
When administrators force teachers to improperly administer the test so the school receives higher marks.
When administrators force teachers to drill instead of teach.
When textbooks are discarded for a product like CSCOPE that guarantees success on the test.
When a private organizations like the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) works to stop the test.
When the test is suppose to be the purpose of every lesson taught.
When the reputation of the company controlling the test is questionable.
When the standards the test is based on limit curriculum content.
When the state education agency becomes dictatorial instead of part of a working team to educate children.
From my point of view, the driving force of Texas Education is one thing, STATE TESTING.
I am suggesting that state testing be put on hold in 2013-2014 so that Texas schools can get back to educating students instead of preparing them for the yearly STAAR Tests. Since the legislature is allowing some Texas Public Schools to opt out of the State Testing, its time for parents to opt their children out of the state test in 2013-2014.
Administrators who cannot do their job unless they have a curriculum guide like CSCOPE need to be replaced with someone who can. No contract buy outs. Some Superintendents make big $ by not doing their job and then accept a buy out of their contract. A record of superintendent transfers is needed. Will someone volunteer to collect this?
Following is an article about a principal accused of improperly administering a state test. Is the principal guilty? Does this happen often? TEA allows the superintendent of the school district to be in charge of an internal investigation to determine if the accused principal is guilty or not. Let’s imagine another parallel situation where the superintendent encouraged principals to do what ever it took to improve student grades on the state tests. A principal is reported for improper administration of the tests. In the past when this happened, TEA was notified but not the local news. It was all swept neatly under a rug and school proceeded as before. Are the grades of select student groups being inflated? The test results have not been valid for this school in years, yet some students have been retained, some forced to attend summer school, and some have repeated subjects.
School Board Discusses Principal Suspension
MART -Mart ISD school board members discuss investigation on testing irregularities under high school principal.
Mart High School principal LouAnn Wolf is on paid administrative leave after findings of possible irregularities in testing practices. Superintendent Todd Gooden updated school board members Wednesday on the investigation into the accusations. That meeting was in a closed executive session because it involved personnel matters.
However before the meeting, Gooden said there would be no witnesses called and he would just update board members.
Without witnesses, will the superintendent give an unbiased report? Is this even possible, no matter the superintendents feelings? It is obvious that TEA is not doing its job.
Gooden says Wolf was accused from within the school Wednesday, April 27 for irregularities on the 11th grade TAKS Test.
How about the grades on the tests. Are they considered null and void? Will the students have to retake the Tests?
Officials immediately contacted the Texas Education Agency and the investigation began the same day.
Gooden says the district is conducting the investigation themselves using guidelines from the TEA.
Superintendent Gooden and the Mart school board purchased CSCOPE lessons to prepare Mart students for the state tests. The CSCOPE lessons have been banned from being sold by the CSCOPE vendor.
“Testing irregularity is a very serious matter,” Gooden said.
If Testing Irregularities are so serious, why didn’t TEA make the investigation instead of allowing fellow administrators to conduct the investigation? Fellow workers cannot conduct an unbiased investigation.
Gooden says this will be a long process and there’s no use speculating on any kind of future punishment.
I have a question which has yet to be answered? Where were their suspensions and where was the media when this transpired last spring?
What is good for the goose is good for the gander. As Eric Moore from TEA said, ” A Testing Coordinator should certainly know better.” “They are the ones who should know all of the testing rules.”
I agree. If Mart administrators and test coordinators are cheating, of what value are the STAAR/EOC Test scores? Did the cheating affect all students or just some that were chosen?
Parents certainly have grounds for not allowing the STAAR/EOC test scores affect whether their child passes or fails.
JVC : There really isn’t anything new in Education. For any changes to occur in education, parents are going to have to stand up for their kids. What percent of Mart students who have played football in the last decade went on to be drafted by a professional team? What percent of Mart students who graduated from Mart went on to be successful citizens in the last decade?
Compare the parent and community involvement in Mart’s athletic program with involvement in academic programs. Why are administrators being accused of cheating? Since the Mart administration is investigating accused administrators, no matter the outcome, the issue will never be settled.