I have never met a teacher that thinks No Child Left Behind is a good law.  What does that say?  States are now allowed to opt-out of this law which made standardized testing the rule of the day.  But what strings are attached?  Can we find a way to effectively evaluate our students and hold teachers accountable for the growth and development of their students.  The essentail questions is how do we define growth?  Can we quaantify progress with a number grade or a test with a choice of four bubbles, or do we need something more/  Do we need a qualitatitve analysis of our students.  Can we trust teachers' opinions regarding how their students are learning and developing?  Isn't that what we train and pay them for?  Or does their need to be a common standard that can only be evaluated by giving everyone the same examination.

Take a listen.  What do you think?  Can we make improvements?  Is this a step in the right direction or just more of the same?    Can we, as teachers, come together for a more rigorous and effective evaluative mechanism?  Please share your comments below.
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