On another post Anonymous wrote:
NEW POST PLEASE:
PPS Central Office needs get off the bandwagon and stop
blaming their teachers...
From Brian O'Neill's Article in Sunday's
"If you took the teachers from Upper St. Clair and swapped
them for a full year with teachers in Wilkinsburg,'' he asked. "Do you really
think there would be some miraculous difference in each school's test
No, nobody would. Teachers matter. They matter quite a lot, as
anyone who's had a great one would tell you. But teachers aren't the biggest
factor in low -- or high -- test scores.
Just ask Diane Ravitch, who
was in the White House East Room with President George W. Bush in 2001 when he
announced the reforms that became the No Child Left Behind Act. Since then, Ms.
Ravitch has made a 180-degree turn, writing a book, "The Death and Life of the
Great American School System,'' that decries a "simple-minded focus on
standardized testing'' and the "punitive'' use of test scores.
what is going on is to try to blame low performance on teachers instead of
recognizing that poverty is the single greatest determinant of low scores,'' Ms.
Ravitch, an assistant secretary of education during the first Bush
administration, told the Economic Policy Institute a couple of years