School Board Application Gives Peek Into Future

Stephanie Banchero has a great in depth look at what Illinois’ application for Race To The Top says that the state — and its school districts — will do if and when the state wins the extra federal money (State officials charting new course for schools ):


From her story:  “The
most provocative reforms will replace the elementary school ISAT with a
tougher exam, mandate testing at every grade and rate teachers and
principals based on students’ test results.”


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  • On rating teachers for their students' performances - We just have to control for ses and attendance...and everything else that is outside of a teacher's control. Basically, the rating system should be designed in the same manner as any university level study.

    BTW, I had a principal at a (I just can't say where it was, but I want to) elementary school years ago that couldn't figure out what percentage of her school was hispanic. She couldn't figure out how to divide and *always* called the math teacher to help her with basic arithmetic. Do you think she can accurately assess teachers?

  • Celebration of(forced) retirement of Dr. Pletsch of Nightengale on Th, 2/11, from 4-7:00 at Burbnon Street (Kedzie nd 115th Street) $28.00. Call Nightengale school for more info. And hey teachers, you will have to do lesson plans now...

  • edweek's description of the IL application -- and new evaluation measures for students -- includes this tidbit:

    "districts that signed on to participate in the state

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Where is Stewart? Where is the paper trail, the smoking gun?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    The Chicago Teachers Union did *not* sign on to Race to the Top. (That is, they did not send a MOU--Memorandum of Understanding--in support of the state application.)

    The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT, of which Marilyn Stewart is Secretary-Treasurer) *did* sign on to the program, as did the Illinois Education Association.


  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    UPC slating? anyone know who was slated for the officer spots.

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    Good question. Wasn't that determined on Friday?

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