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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-06-11 01:04 AM
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Helping Teachers Help Themselves
The Montgomery County Public Schools system here has a highly regarded program for evaluating teachers . . .

Unfortunately, federal dollars from the Obama administrations Race to the Top program are not going where Dr. Weast and the PAR program need to go. Montgomery County schools were entitled to $12 million from Race to the Top, but Dr. Weast said he would not take the money because the grant required districts to include students state test results as a measure of teacher quality. We dont believe the tests are reliable, he said. You dont want to turn your system into a test factory.

Race to the Top aims to spur student growth by improving teacher quality, which is exactly what Montgomery County is doing. Sad to say, the district is getting the right results the wrong way.

It does not seem to matter that 84 percent of Montgomery County students go on to college and that 63 percent earn degrees there the very variables that President Obama has said should be the true measure of academic success. It does not seem to matter that 2.5 percent of all black children in America who pass an Advanced Placement test live in Montgomery County, more than five times its share of the nations black population.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/education/06oneducati...

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adds76355 Donating Member (50 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-06-11 10:31 PM
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1. interesting..
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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 11:40 PM
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2. My employer! Good article ...
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 11:23 PM
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3. Good work!
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