As teachers, without a doubt we believe that today's obsessive climate of testing students is not the solution to improving education. While there is a place for data, it is only a tool, and nothing else. Having said that, we are professionals, and administer all periodic assessments, common assessments, end of unit exams, pop quizzes, and the CST, as required by the CDE.
We anxiously waited for our scores and were gratified to see that our unique schedule that allows us to divide our school into 9 teams of students (teachers have common conference periods) and gives all students real elective classes, resulted in increased academic performance as measured by the API.
It would seem counterproductive for our school to be outsourced to a Corporate Management Organization (charter school) in the midst of continuous growth. We are worried because our two closest neighboring schools did not meet their API target (Bethune grew by 9 points, missed target by 1, Carver went down 29 points!) If taken over, it may force us to absorb their displaced teachers and students. For all we know, double digit growth may not be enough to save our school either. Friday should be the big day, when the Superintendent announces the schools eligible for outsourcing, and we await this next announcement as Zen as we possibly can be.
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