Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Washington Post: CMS did what?

It's not exactly the kind of national attention Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools celebrates,  but the district made Washington Post education reporter Valerie Strauss' year-end quiz.

"The year 2011 was monumental in education  --  monumentally good or monumentally bad, depending on your view,"  Strauss wrote.  Among her trivia questions was:

Why did the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District try out 52 standardized tests in the spring?
a. To detect cheaters.
b. To find the best test for a new accountability program.
c. To pick standardized tests in every subject so teachers can be evaluated by student scores.
d. It didn't because that would be preposterous.

The correct answer was c, although an even better one would be:
e. The number actually went higher than 52.  By the end of the school year even testing officials were having a hard time keeping track,  as they tried to keep up with all the high school electives.

Since then,  though,  Superintendent Peter Gorman has moved on and interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh has eased off on the rollout of new tests for teacher ratings.

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