Moving Accountablity Targets: Educators Thrown Under the Bus

Posted on April 24, 2011

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At the last second, TEA and the legislature have now changed the metrics by which schools and districts will be held accountable!  Specifically, the Texas Projection Measure has been dropped and Commended Status has been added.

This goes against everything we know about what works with goal-setting and incentives. The goals must be agreed upon and understood BEFORE the activity occurs. Educators across the state have been working diligently to meet the standards presented by TEA. But wait!!! Now the standards have changed AFTER all the teaching. Many TAKS test have been given and ALL of the high school exams will be given this week. How are people supposed to meet a standard they did not even know about?!?!?!?!?!?

This is NOT how goal-setting should work. Further, it decreases the trust of educators in TEA, Commissioner Scott, and the legislators who precipitated this change during the current academic year. . Educators are rightly angry about this. Many feel as if they are being thrown under the bus so TEA and legislators could respond to political pressure. This is NOT appropriate leadership on the part of TEA or the legislature and reveals that being fair to educators is NOT on the current agenda.

For the changes, see:

http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2011/index.html


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