As I begin my new position in Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, I am very excited to announce a resolution that the RNESU Board has fully supported at their June meeting. My values lie deep within this resolution, as did former superintendents John Castle and William Mathis. This resolution states that we know that while single tests can be one indicator of the health and progress of a school and a student, it also can do great damage to both, if it is the sole indicator. Students demonstrate learning in a variety of ways, and authentic measurement of that progress should be used in an ongoing manner, rather than a once a year test.
I also note that the NECAP has been given for the last time; the SBAC will replace it shortly, assessing a curriculum we have not yet even begun to fully implement. The SBAC will be given on line, adding a variable (facility with computer skills) that will also show up in the results.
Read the resolution for yourself. Let us know what you think!
RNESU Resolution approved June, 2014
The RNESU Full Board embraces responsibility for the culture and practices that support improved outcomes for our students. We accept responsibility for what our students should know, understand, and be able to do upon graduation. We accept responsibility for partnering with parents in fostering who our children will become. We embrace the use of data to improve instruction and outcomes. We recognize and employ the use of multiple indicators and evidence of learning to assess student learning outcomes and monitor progress of our schools.
We hereby reject the federal requirements for accountability associated with the current Elementary and Secondary Education Act known as “No Child Left Behind.” We believe the test based accountability is flawed and counter productive to student growth. We call for sound assessment practices and an accountability process which promotes broader learning outcomes for our students.
Educators and parents know that if we are waiting for annual summative assessment scores to make meaningful adjustments to support a child’s learning, we have waited too long. We can say the same for large scale assessments from a school or state perspective. To that end, we call for a reauthorization of ESEA that eliminates the identification of schools based on the current Adequate Yearly Progress model allowing a differentiated approach established at the state level.
We pledge our support in working with parents, our communities, other Vermont supervisory unions/districts, the Vermont School Boards’ Association, the Vermont Superintendents’ Association, the State Board of Education, the Agency of Education, the Governor, State Legislature and our Congressional Delegation to join with leaders from other states to allow individual states to implement assessment practices and an accountability system that will fulfill the promise of our students, schools, communities, states, and country.