It was a busy year on the blog:
- Published 95 posts
- Reached ~2,400 readers in 71 countries
- Doubled email subscribers
Here are the most popular posts of 2015. Perhaps you missed one?
- How Well Do We Pay UCFSD Teachers?
- How Does Teacher Pay Work?
- How Much Do UCFSD Teachers Earn?
- Update on Contract Negotiations [note: not current]
- My Comments on Class Size and Hillendale 3rd Grade
- The Value of Teacher Benefits – Part 1
- The Value of Teacher Benefits – Part 2
- My Vision for our School District
- Are Board Certified Teachers Highly Effective?
- PSERS – An Emerging Problem
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In my previous posts on the stakes of PSSA testing, I argued that the stakes were low for students. (see part 2) Last week, I made the case that there is also little at risk for teachers. (see part 3) So where are the “high stakes” on PSSAs?
Perhaps there are high stakes for schools and/or school districts. Let’s look at the four main ways a school district could be impacted by the PSSAs: levels of state funding, amount of state oversight and regulation, consequences to administrator employment, and impact on local property values.
Tests with “high stakes” are those that have significant consequences (positive or negative) for students, teachers, or schools. In my first post, I linked the origin of the phrase to the accountability movements of the late 1990s and 2000s.
Next, we looked at the PSSA and the stakes for students. My conclusion was that the stakes for students are low. Today we look at the what our educators have at risk with PSSAs.
PSSA – Teacher ‘Stakes’
For our teachers, there is the potential for real impact. If teacher performance is linked to PSSA results, then it is possible the a teacher might experience financial, career, and reputation impact from the PSSAs. But to determine the actual impact, we need to understand the inner-workings of the our “teacher effectiveness system”. Continue reading
In my first post on “What’s at Stake with Testing”, I defined “high stakes”, and looked at the history of the phrase “high stakes testing”.
The term “high stakes” refers to any situation where there are large consequences — upside and downside. Usage of the phrase “high stakes” in the mid-20th century most often referred to gambling … a situation where the player can lose everything ‘staked’, but also reap outsized rewards.
We can visualize the ‘stakes’ of any situation, including gambling and testing, using a 2 x 2 matrix. “High stakes” situations are those where the potential gains and losses are large — the upper right quadrant.
In the next three posts we will look at the PSSA, and the consequences of test results on students, teachers, and schools. Up first: our students. Continue reading