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Re: “Picking up the pieces of Atlanta Public Schools

This last comment by peachtreehillsvoter hits the nail on the head. The current accountability system is set up to favor the concept of "turnaround schools." So many students simply do not do well on standardized tests, yet we continue to roll out test after test. Georgia has outsourced the work for new standardized tests, which will more difficult than the CRCT. If you go to the Race to the Top (RT3) project that Georgia received in 2010, you will find the details of the connection between "failing schools," "turnarounds" and TFA and TNTP. Teach for America and the New Teacher Project, which recruit and market non-licensed teacher, who will remain in the classroom for only two years. TFA and TNTP have received $16 million and $9 million respectively from RT3 to provide a supply of teachers for Atlanta and other metro Atlanta districts. (Follow this link for details: http://www.artofteachingscience.org/georgias-race-to-the-top-follow-the-money/.

The philosophy of the new administration in Atlanta is nicely described in Georgia's RT3 project, as described here (http://www.artofteachingscience.org/georgias-race-to-the-top-questionable-relationships-with-charters-teach-for-america-the-new-teacher-project/). Using the present accountability system sets schools up for failure, and ushers in charter schools using false claims, but lots of money.

It was my hope that Dr. Carstarphen would move in a different direction---one that engaged teachers as the primary means to change schools, that is from the school level up. As it is, as evidenced by her experiences in her previous work in Austin, that its a top down approach with an administrative collective that appears to be more concerned with its own image, than with the general wellness of the school system.

To base ones success on targets, such as graduation rates, and student test scores, will only result in the perpetuation of the same problems that most districts face in light of standards and test-based accountability.

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Posted by JHassard on 07/11/2014 at 4:47 PM

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