The New York State Education Department is predicting a sharp decline in ELA and Math pass rates.
With the adoption of Race to the Top, school districts across the country are being forced to change directions in mid-stream. Districts will thrive if they can overcome inertia without a substantial expense of resources, including wasted time, energy and budget. District leadership will need to adjust their current trajectory and redirect resources to a new set of priorities quickly and efficiently. Chenango Forks Central School District provides a model of planning dexterity that other school districts may want to emulate.
As a result of Race to the Top, most states will soon administer even more high-stakes tests. For example, in the 2014-15 school year, 25 states, including New York, will begin administering PARCC assessments in grades 3-12 four times per year. At the same time, there is an inexorable push to connect teacher and administrator performance reviews, tenure decisions and pay to student performance. This post discusses four specific traps that I believe implementers of RTTT and the PARCC assessments will have to avoid if their reforms are to bear fruit.