Are the best, most experienced D.C. teachers concentrated in the wealthiest schools, while the worst are concentrated in the poorest schools? Or does the statistical model ignore the possibility that it's more difficult to teach a room full of impoverished children?
Our children are being denied quality learning experiences and our teachers are forced to treat children as possible test scores. The future of teaching and learning in our public schools is in danger.
In a world of high-stakes measures, this one really takes the cake. Until this week, an elementary school has been using students' Body Mass Index measurements as part of their physical fitness grades.
If Michelle Rhee were to walk into my classroom, my guess is she'd probably jump out of her skin with angst and fury at the dearth of Scantron sheets, multiple choice test prep packets, and #2 pencils.