Dean: Taxpayer, the key with the CMT scores is how you compare with other communities. I don’t know if they are hard or easy (and neither do you since you have not taken them). Regardless, if you score higher than your peers that can be used as a measurement of success. Don’t you agree that given the levels of funding for the k-8 and their comparative performance against better funded schools (and I am not talking about Hartford and other urban schools) that that is a measurement of success?
A Taxpayer: The CMT is a very simplistic exam that tests on prior year’s material in which the school spends an exhorbitant amount of time preparing the students for…to the point of sheer boredom and, frankly, educational neglect and irresponsibility by failing to teach new and challenging material. Ask any kid that values education and they will confirm this.
Scoring higher or lower on these exams is not a reflection of success but rather a reflection of demographics.
Compounded with an obstructive teacher’s union, we get a perfect recipe for a failed system that cannot progress or compete globally. The only saving grace is personal integrity of students and families.
This dysfunction is not the fault of the WPS or the WBOE, however they perpetuate this problem and become accomplices to it by failing to honestly address it.
Instead we are told we need more money. Certainly we do, however, there is little faith that more money is the solution to the underlying problems I describe. These problems must be addressed first and then the money will follow, and gladly. Read the rest of this entry »