In one of the slides prepared by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo on the CD-ROM, he says that “Data-driven instruction and assessment is the quickest, most effective level for influencing student achievement. Mold everything else around that goal: supervision, professional development, calendar, scheduling, etc.”
Just for discussion, let’s say you decide to put that slide up in your first staff meeting of the year in your new school as the principal. Someone in the group says, “I am so tired of hearing that test scores are the basis for everything. Test scores do not show the true picture of my students.” “What about the students in my classroom who really don’t care how they do on the test?”
- How will you respond? Other staff members are waiting to hear what you will say.
- Why should data drive scheduling and the school calendar? Someone is going to tell you they have never seen a school calendar with the word “data” written on it. It is your turn to start changing a culture that has probably been part of the school for a very long time.
- How will you start to turn negatives into positives?
Your initial response is due by 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday and should be between 200-250 words. The initial posting should be a statement of your point of view on the question, supported by the required readings.
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