commented on Olympia Should Reject Federal Mandate on Teacher Evaluations
"a) Teachers already teach to the test. What planet are you on? That ship has sailed."
It's not really possible to say that with certainty, though, since we've changed to the Common Core assessments and the Smarter Balanced Testing. I don't have a curriculum aligned to Common Core, nor do I have any evidence to go on that the testing is going to match the standards since we've never given this test before.
"b) I used to be against including student test performance in teacher reviews/compensation, but then my kid went to public school and I saw first hand what nonsense goes on, and now I think student performance MUST be included in SOME way in teacher evaluations and compensation. Something possibly fairer than class-by-class performance might be cohort-by-cohort performance or even school-wide performance for all teachers at a given school."
Those tests will miss the following teachers: pre-school, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, PE, music, art, health, social studies, shop, ag, all the instructional coaches, SLPs, PTs, and most of the other specializations. What you'll be doing is taking a big, steaming dump on 4th grade teachers and math instructors.
The other aspect of that is that it would be just stupid to figure in reading scores to the evaluation of a PE teacher. Not that OSPI hasn't floated that idea, but it doesn't make it any less foolish.
"c) Principals make staffing decisions, so school-wide student test scores should be included overtly in any principal's compensation package. The principal is deciding who is teaching and who is teaching what"
This statement has no basis in reality.
Nov 22, 2013
commented on Rob McKenna, Coal Shill
"Rob isnt a politician anymore"
He sent out a fundraising email for Jan Angel, he's set up a website to talk about issues, he's pimping Marilyn out anywhere and everywhere he can. If the dude's not running in 2016, then he's wasting a lot of time and energy, and making Randy Pepple look like a fucking moron.