I received an email from my daughters choir teacher. He has been teaching for 20 years and is an excellent CHOIR TEACHER in Tennessee. He was going to retire this year but had such a great group of 7th and 8th graders, he decided to stay. This is what he was told:
I learned I have been categorized as a “non-re-elect” teacher. The justification for this is my reading, language, math, history and science scores are low after two years of TCAP testing. They don’t show sustained growth, and based on this, I am accused of being a bad teacher. Actually, I don’t recall teaching these subjects.
Welcome to the Common Core Initiative which, indeed, does tell teachers how and what to teach. Here’s the link for music educators to learn how to incorporate Common Core standards.
Common Core is NOT “just standards”. It is part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative which includes the four assurances contained in the State Fiscal Stabalization Fund given to the states with these strings:
The State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) program is a new one-time appropriation of $53.6 billion under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Of the amount appropriated, the U. S. Department of Education will award governors approximately $48.6 billion by formula under the SFSF program in exchange for a commitment to advance essential education reforms to benefit students from early learning through post-secondary education, including: college- and career- ready standards and high-quality, valid and reliable assessments for all students; development and use of pre-K through post-secondary and career data systems; increasing teacher effectiveness and ensuring an equitable distribution of qualified teachers; and turning around the lowest-performing schools.
(The above excerpt was printed with permission from The Missouri Watchdog)
We want fair evaluations for teachers. We want high standards created by teachers and professional educators in a transparent process, not developmentally inappropriate standards created by testing, textbook, or technology companies behind closed doors.
Slowly but surely, parents and teachers are electing leaders who are dedicated to strong public schools with local control. We will make a difference and will succeed because these are OUR children.