We are so focused on improving our averages, we are ignoring what we are doing well and what really needs an overhaul. We can focus on creating a system that identifies the individual, is innovative, and celebrates our diversity. Our educational system has the capacity to do all that and still improve every child’s educational experience.
“Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it.” -Unknown
In December 2015, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), replacing No Child Left Behind, which had been in place since 2002. The ESSA purports to allow states greater flexibility for the design of their education accountability system, which is great news for us because we have been calling for a complete overhaul of Florida’s accountabaloney system since day 1 of this blog! We hope Florida can rise to the occasion and take full advantage of this opportunity to address our deeply flawed accountability system.
Some states appear to be rising to the challenge. Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt advises a system that focuses on students:
“If we don’t come out with an accountability system focused on students, then we’ve failed. It can’t be about adults chasing points. The system needs to…
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