Okay, it’s bad enough the Governor Malloy’s “Education Reform” bill adds another whole standardized test in 11th grade but…
Not to be outdone, Paul Vallas and the corporate reformers who are “turning around” the Bridgeport School System sent out a memo yesterday informing all Bridgeport administrators and teachers that —- Another round of CMTs is just the thing to finish up the school year!
Sandra Kase, Vallas’ Chief Administrative Officer (and the person rumored to be in line to take over when Vallas blows out-of-town) issued the memo that reads;
“…there will be end-of-year testing in English Language Arts and mathematics that will mirror the CMT and CAPT examinations. These tests will be administered to all students in Grades 3-11 during the week of June 4th, including Grades 9 and 11 who do not take state assessments.”
And the rationale for this absurdity?
The new regime’s interpretation of how the world works is:
“Traditionally, instruction wanes after the administration of the state tests. Unfortunately, this “lull” in teaching and learning deprives our students of much-needed academic support.”
In other words – let’s face facts – the only time teachers are capable of teaching (and children are capable of learning) is when they have a gun to their heads – and that gun is called the standardized tests.
Not only are standardized tests the vehicle to make teachers do their jobs (while making kids learn), it is standardized tests that Governor Malloy and his fellow “reformers” say MUST be used in the evaluation process so that government can determine whether teachers are or are not doing their job.
The memo highlights the directive by stating – in bold – “ALL ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOLS ARE REQUIRED TO REFOCUS THE INSTRUCTIONAL DAY TO INCLUDE 90 MINUTES OF LITERACY/ELAINSTRUCTION AND 90 MINUTES OF MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.
Hooray for Education Reform!
Oh, and for those who want to know who is driving the Bridgeport bus these days, the Chief Administrative Officer was kind enough to list the cc’s so we can see who is really in charge. And they are; Paul Vallas, Superintendent, Theresa Carroll Deputy Chief Academic Officer, Lissette Colon, Chief of Staff, Marlene Siegel, Chief Financial Officer, Deborah Santacapita, Director, Data Management, Assessment & Accountabiity (which she spelled wrong – proving we all put our pants on one leg at a time), Dan Cochran , Executive Director, Human Resources, Don Kennedy, Chief Operations Officer and Shively Willingham, Special Assistant
With that many Chiefs and Directors the future of Bridgeport’s education system has got to be bright.