The article insinuated that the individual buildings are somewhat competing with each other to get the top scores, shouldering the blame and responsibility squarely on the staff of each school. The author of that article seemed to want her readers to think that somehow, the answer to the disparity in those scores lies within providing increased professional development of teachers.
Yes, this is certainly a factor that contributes to school achievement. In fact, well-renowned author, teacher and mentor Lucy Calkins will tell you that the best gift you can give a child is a highly effective teacher. I would like to ensure the general public that no matter what building, no matter what classroom door your child walks through next week, they will be greeted by the very best, passionate, caring, highly qualified, professionally developed staff that education has to offer.
How can I be so sure as to make such a bold statement? Because we are fortunate to live in an area that draws from a huge pool of educational hopefuls, and our administration is proud and confident that you are getting the best of the best. I am lucky enough to work in a building filled with passionate educators who work tirelessly and relentlessly toward not only educational achievement, but on goals not measured by a state-mandated, less-than-perfect assessment system.
I can also say that is wouldn’t matter which building I worked in, I would still feel the same!
Robinson Elementary School teacher