I’ve been told it was obvious from yesterday’s post, but I’ve been feeling like a terrible teacher lately and it really has me down.
It really started when I got back our latest standardized test scores. My scores were terrible. Lower than this time last year, lower than the previous test with these kids. I haven’t seen the district scores to compare, but I have a bad feeling that mine are lower than they should be there too. My management is better (isn’t it?) and my lessons are better (aren’t they?), but my test scores are worse? What does that mean? How is that happening?
Unfortunately, I do believe that you can judge teachers by their students’ test scores. I obviously think you should take scores in context and not expect every teacher to get perfect scores on every test with every kid, but I also think you should expect teachers make their students do at least relatively better. If my kids are suddenly doing relatively worse in my care, what exactly does that say about me?