Category Archives: Accountability

The Scesis Increases

“Ello, I wish to register a complaint.”  So starts Monty Python’s famous Dead Parrot skit.  For fans of the Flying Circus, it’s a quintessential piece of British humor.  For those with an eye for analogy, it’s also a burning effigy of the current state … Continue reading

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Tinker(ing) with Accountability

Tinker vs. Des Moines was a landmark legal case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court that established the rights of students.  In essence, the case established the fact that students do not “abandon their rights at the school-house door”.   … Continue reading

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The Surgery Was A Success…But The Patient Died

I know a lot of you probably suspected as much, but I just wanted to officially confirm that according to Einstein, I’m insane.   Or maybe I’m just a fanatic.   The scary possibility (probability?) is that when it comes to … Continue reading

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Changing the District Calendar: A Disciplined Approach to Improvement

It seems that almost every year I end up writing a post about our district calendar.    Creating an effective calendar is a balancing act between the needs of the district and the needs of our parents and community.   The … Continue reading

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Houston, We Have A (Testing) Problem

So I flip on the television last weekend with the intention of watching a football game, and immediately get sidetracked by Apollo 13.  What a great movie.  My favorite part is the scene in which mission control is beginning to worry … Continue reading

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High Stakes Testing and the Death of the Renaissance Man

At our last board meeting, the SCSD #1 Board of Trustees joined other school districts and organizations around the nation in passing a National Resolution Against High Stakes Testing.  This resolution may be the long-awaited response (symbolic as it may be) … Continue reading

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A Tough Choice for Sublette County School District #1

Ever thought about being a school board member?  It’s not as easy as it seems.  And that’s during a typical year.  But over the course of the next couple years, being a SCSD #1 board member is going to be … Continue reading

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Accountability King (For a Day)

As Wyoming legislators now consider Senate File 57, the State’s new Education Accountability bill, I find myself spending more time answering questions from teachers and the general public about this bill, what it contains, and what it will mean for … Continue reading

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Why PAWS is Meaningless to Our Students…And Why We Should Take Notice

Each spring our students in grades 3-8 and 11 take the PAWS test.  According to the WDE website, the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) is to “foster program improvement at the school, district, and state levels in support of … Continue reading

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The One Sided Marriage

With the potential reauthorization of NCLB on the horizon, and a special Wyoming committee working on State accountability measures, I have been thinking a great deal about teacher accountability recently.  I’ve said repeatedly that educators don’t mind accountability as long … Continue reading

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