"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A penetrating insight from R Moore

In a post following the LA Times' article, Who's teaching LA's kids" (August 15) Richard Moore quotes an interesting passage from the article:
"In 2008, officials at Sunrise Elementary in Boyle Heights, one of 15 campuses under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's control, identified several teachers whose student scores were sliding. The mayor's Partnership for Los Angeles Schools gave them math and literacy coaches, more feedback and the opportunity to watch their more effective peers, said Angela Bass, the group's former superintendent of instruction. Of three Sunrise teachers who ranked in the bottom 10% districtwide, just one has dramatically improved, according to the Times analysis."
Moore adds this penetrating comment:." . . . so-- the Partnership doesn't know how to teach?"
If we accept the validity of test scores as a measure of teacher effectiveness, Moore is correct, of course.

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