Home Articles Reader Opinion Editorial Book Reviews Discussion Writers Guide About TCRecord
transparent 13
You Are Here: Read an Article > View All Posts for the Article > Read a Post
Read a Post for A Year in the Life of an Elementary School: One School's Experiences in Meeting New Mathematics Standards
Reply to this Post

Was It Worth the Effort? Please Drop the Other Shoe!

Posted By: Dick Schutz on April 26, 2006
The article conveys very well what life was like during the year--Almost better than being there.

But the authors devote only a sentence to the bottom-line consequences of all the effort: "The test scores went up."

OK. But how much did they go up? Did they go up consistently for all teachers and all groups of kids? How did the results in Math compare to the results in Reading and in other subjects--if other subjects were tested? What did the "gains" mean in terms of what students were taught and learned? What foundation do next-grade teachers have to build on? What did teachers learn from the experience that they can use to improve their instruction next year? Did teachers feel that all their effort was adequately credited by the test results.

The authors have all the "data" required to answer these questions. They will make another major contribution if they go back to the well and further inform us.

Dick Schutz
Thread Hierarchy
 Was It Worth the Effort? Please Drop the Other Shoe! by Dick Schutz on April 26, 2006
    Member Center
    In Print
    This Month's Issue