Class Struggle: no standardized tests

Posted at 09:00 PM ET, 11/17/2010

Hiding exams from students

The parent at McLean High School was frustrated. Two years ago he had to go to the principal to force a teacher to let his daughter keep a copy of a graded test so she could get a better sense of her errors. Last month, it happened again with his son.

By Jay Mathews  |  09:00 PM ET, 11/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Living | Tags:  McLean High School, parents complain students don't have enough time to analyze mistakes, practice growing in Fairfax and other districts, some teachers don't let students take some exams home, teachers creating homegrown standardized tests and want to use them more than once, tutors handicapped

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/14/2010

Clever way to reward teachers as teams

The unconventional proposal is to reward small teams of teachers, such as everyone teaching second grade in an elementary school, or everyone teaching Algebra I in a high school. This discards the idea of merit pay for individuals, the current fashion, and merit pay for the whole school, a favorite of mine whose flaws Marshall quickly sees.

By Jay Mathews  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Kim Marshall, individual teacher merit pay is a loser, just good evaluations, no cash, no standardized tests, try rewarding teacher teams