Measuring student progress and teacher effectiveness post-Sandy
The State of NJ measures the effectiveness and overall “success” of a teacher based, in large part, on his/her students’ scores on the NJASK. During the week of May 6-13, as I administer the NJASK while also celebrating “Teacher Appreciation Week”, I wanted to share my thoughts and professional observations on the success level of Bay Head School students and teachers.
N.J. teacher evaluation on the wrong track
See why Mendham teacher Bruce Taterka—a member of the 2011-12 NJDOE Evaluation Pilot Advisory Committee—thinks New Jersey is making a big mistake by using test scores to rate teachers. In this April 10 op-ed in the Star-Ledger, Taterka explains that researchers believe test scores could be useful to teachers for self-reflection and professional development, but should not be used for ratings.
Nicole Parlavecchio (seated with award) with school administrators, colleagues and family members.
Photo credit: Suburban News
Nicole Parlavecchio, special education teacher at the Frank K. Hehnly School in Clark, was honored on May 13 at a special state-wide ceremony honoring the eight winners of “Innovations in Special Education” Award.
The NEA Foundation named Jeanne DelColle, an honors world and U.S. history teacher at Burlington County Institute of Technology in Westampton, as a 2013 Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow.
(l-r) Michael Kulesa and Brian Hamer
Photo credit: New Jersey Herald
Michael Kulesa, Byram Lakes Elementary School physical education teacher, and Brian Hamer, Byram Intermediate School eighth-grade language arts teacher, have been chosen as the Byram recipients of the Governor's Teacher Recognition Award.
We are not any smarter than those who have come before us
For the past 25 years, the schools in Union City, New Jersey, have gradually improved and now rival some of the best schools in the state. How did they do it? Improbable Scholars author David Kirp, a professor of public policy who studied the schools for more than a year, concluded that Union City engaged in a process of “plan, do, review.” This systematic approach allowed district officials to select a path forward, implement it, assess its results, and make the necessary adjustments. The administrators, teachers, parents, school board members, and town officials of Union City aren’t smarter than anyone else. But they are far more patient and far less likely to be fooled into adopting a silver-bullet line of attack.
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Critics would like the public to believe that New Jersey’s public school system is broken and is failing the students, but here’s the simple truth: Our public schools work. In fact, according to a leading annual publication, New Jersey’s public schools are truly the best in the nation. Here are just a few of the latest statistics :
- High school graduation rate is #1 in the nation
- Writing scores are the best in the nation
- Reading scores are among the best in the nation
- Math Scores Are Among the Nation's Best
- Highest AP Scores in the Nation