A draft teacher licensure proposal soon to be considered by the North Carolina State Board of Education has been labeled “Pathways to Excellence.” It begs two questions: Where do the pathways lead? And for whom are they excellent? Where do the pathways lead? Credit: Dan4th Nicholas https://www.flickr.com/photos/43264265@N00 As the draft proposal is currently written, it... Continue Reading →
NC DPI official admits EVAAS stacks the deck against recognizing growth
https://videopress.com/v/ZvZX62Eq?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&autoPlay=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true EVAAS is a flawed, norm-referenced tool that has been rejected by other states, and was eliminated for official use in teacher evaluations by North Carolina in 2016. NC also drastically scaled back its standardized test regimen after pushback from parents and educators. So why does a teacher licensure pitch headed soon to the North... Continue Reading →
Why does NC insist on telling 75% of its students and teachers they’re not good enough?
Completing college application materials is a stressful time in the lives of my 12th grade students. It's a mix of excitement and anxiety. They need us to write recommendations, offer feedback on their applications, and give pep talks to encourage them to have faith in the work they've done. I couldn't let the piece of... Continue Reading →