Who are you to decide that testing is the best use of instructional time and resources for the students of LAUSD?
You never come to the schools. Members of the board, you are politicians, not educators, while those downtown administrators who once worked in a school forgot what it was like 2 seconds after they left the schools.
Yet, you spend the money; you order the tests; tell the teachers what to teach; buy the lousiest textbooks; cut support staff and supplies from the schools; raise class sizes; and then raise hell with the principals, who raise hell with the teachers if test scores don’t go up.
So what gives you the right to judge each teacher by his or her test scores?
Teaching is not testing. Teachers have a heart and care about the students first and test scores last.
A teacher is a parent when needed, a disciplinarian when needed, a counselor when needed, a friend when needed and much more. How do you assess that?
Teachers need to be effective communicators with students, parents, and staff. How do you evaluate that?
A teacher manages a classroom. How to do judge that?
Testing is the least important role of so many a teacher has.
If you are not in the classroom, if you are not in the schools, then you can’t make the decisions that affect more than 80,000 employees and more than 600,00 students!
Therefore, I am proposing new, practical jobs for all of you:
There is a severe shortage of crossing guards. If there is a stoplight at the crosswalk, no matter how busy the street is, there is no crossing guard there.
We all know that the downtown bureaucrats are light years removed from the schools, that they never visit schools, that they have no contact with parents, teachers, and students, and that many of the school board members in the last 30 years have not been qualified for their positions, but ran for their offices in order to have name recognition when they ran for a higher office.
Here is a great way for them to interact with students and parents.
Talk to them as they cross them safely across the street.
Just think they’d finally being doing something for the students and the schools.