I saw on the news here in Houston, HISD is considering a plan to fire teachers if students do not pass standardized tests. In some instances I don't think is fair to teachers because some students are not good test takers. Then also, there are students who are truly not motivated. Also, there are some kids who have a lot of things going on in their home life, that school is just in the way. So they don't pay attention when they do come to school, but instead stay in trouble. Then too there are some teachers who may need to change teaching styles. But the next question would be, how can you expect students to pass a test, when teachers can't teach???? And by can't teach I mean, that there is more testing than teaching.Answer Question
Answer by ellegrl at 6:51 PM on Feb. 11, 2010
Answer by americansugar80 at 6:53 PM on Feb. 11, 2010
No, I really don't think they should, for the reasons your mentioned. Also, teachers are observed, evaluated, and held accountable in that way already, so the bad teachers are weeded out. Getting tenure takes years, and isn't a for-sure thing.
Answer by Pnukey at 6:56 PM on Feb. 11, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 7:02 PM on Feb. 11, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 7:04 PM on Feb. 11, 2010
LOL as a teacher I would have to say no. Hear me out - STATE TESTS are NOT modified. EVERY CHILD is expected to take the EXACT SAME test, no matter what (here anyway). Students learn at a VARIETY of different levels. I have students who have been diagnosed with a learning disability, have ADHD, receive SPED services, Reading Recovery services, etc. I MODIFY work for them. The specialist teachers modify work for them. When it comes to the state test - they ALL TAKE IT. Some may have the test READ TO THEM, but it's still the SAME questions that need to be answered.
As another stated - help from home is needed TOO. I can give as much support as I am able in a 6 hour school day, for struggling students. If a parent is not going to put in the time at home, the child is LESS LIKELY to succeed. So in all honesty, how can you put TEST SCORES on the teacher ALONE????? There are so many factors that play into test scores.
Answer by Anonymous at 7:19 PM on Feb. 11, 2010
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Answer by ErinHill226 at 7:44 PM on Feb. 11, 2010
Answer by apattinson at 7:51 PM on Feb. 11, 2010
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