“If students pass the test, but don’t care about the content, we have created compliance, not engagement,” says Brad Weinstein, director of curriculum and instruction for Purdue Polytechnic High School. And what a shame it would be if we’ve created a system where we’re spending so much time focusing on compliance — whether it be on content, curriculum, or school and district policy — that we have students who aren’t passing the test or engaged.
Our school system is too rooted in a culture of opposition created, in part, by the much-touted but critically flawed IMPACT evaluation tool. Here is the reality: The challenges we face — from poverty and the need for greater family support, from the opportunity gap to lagging literacy skills — are far too big to be solved by an oppositional system. Together, we can make schools places of empowerment and inspiration again, enabling us to creatively solve our underlying issues. Then, inch by inch, we will be in a position to make improvements that look as good in reality as they do in the brochures."
Read the full article: https://thedcline.org/2018/08/20/scott-goldstein-dc-schools-need-to-shift-mindset-from-compliance-to-inspiration/