The latest WKCE scores can only be considered a major setback. While WKCE scores do not reflect everything schools do to prepare students, they have nevertheless become the public standard for judging school districts. In select areas, our scores improved beyond anything the district has ever experienced. Overall, however, the majority of the scores dropped, which is unacceptable.
The solution cannot be backing up and starting over — too slow, too costly, too much confusion. We need to review existing processes and find specific places to improve effectiveness. The solutions will most likely include helping building staffs with the planning process, and furnishing new or different resources in the classroom, including effective in-service and instructional coaches.
Instructional coaches are just like football coaches. They don’t walk through the door and say win or get fired. They evaluate the existing challenges in our classrooms, look at the skill set staff members currently have, and try to improve it. Can highly paid professionals benefit from effective coaching throughout their career? Ask Bret Favre or Aaron Rodgers.
You don’t want the board directly involved in setting classroom strategies. Overall we lack the training and experience. We however do need to spend more time monitoring outcomes and providing resources. If we want achievement to be a priority, we should spend as much time on our classrooms as we do on budgets, buses and buildings