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Sadie said...

If this passes, dedicated teachers whom have chosen to teach in the hardest and/or most challenging schools might be forced to start leaving in droves. Some of us choose to teach in schools that are considered "at risk" with transition rates as high as 50% and Free and reduced lunch student rates around 95 to 99%. It would be easier to teach on the other side of town where the students come to school reading and almost if not all students come into your classroom on grade level. Instead we teach in classrooms where only a few students come to us on grade level and the class we start with usually looks nothing like the class we end with. I teach 2nd grade and I have students who can't read and do not know all the sounds of the alphabet to those reading on third and 4th grade level. I am supposed to have every student on grade level and meet the needs of every student in my class with no assistance. This includes that child that enters my class in February and can't read a word. According to NCLB and I guess the Governor I am a Substandard teacher if every student is not on grade level by May 26th (actually sometime in April when we take the TCAP) . I ask you, is it fair to judge my teaching on what my students do on 4 mornings out of the entire year and use this to determine my future and salary?

January 8, 2010 at 5:20 p.m.

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