By Daniel Oh
Mr. Cartnal emphasized our amazing SBAC testing scores at the last assembly and everyone recognizes that the scores reflect the efforts of the students and teachers. So, as a result of their hard work, the entire staff of LCHS has been offered a bonus from the district. Although merely an offer, the gesture was much appreciated by the teachers and the administration.
Mr. Valassidis commented, “The gift of the potential bonus clearly had the right intent, but because it did not go through the proper protocols, it is still under discussion.”
Teachers seem adequately rewarded for their work but the ones who took the tests were the students. Do they deserve anything in return for spending their schools days on these tests? A major issue is also whether or not the SBAC is the best reflection of each individual’s work. Are there better ways of evaluating and rewarding both teachers and students?
Senior Conner Wells commented,“Of course the teachers somewhat deserve a reward for teaching their students well. However, the scores that were produced probably reflected the students abilities more than the teachers’. I think cash for students as a reward would be a little extreme as it is just a highschool test. But, recognition could be a factor taken in by students when taking the test. It is a reward that would not cause competition for the most part but instead, benefit the achievers that do well naturally based on their learning abilities and skills.”
Principal McFeat added, “I think that the SBAC test as a one time annual test reflects some sort of learning. However, ongoing assessment that teachers do in the classroom is better data. In the end, they are both data sets and thus are both important. I think that students definitely deserve recognition. They’re the ones taking the test.”
Standardized tests seem to inaccurately test individual abilities, so I would have to agree with the principal on the fact that grades are a better representation of learning. High school students seem so focused on college, so maybe adding something to college applications about these test might also be a good idea.
I suppose this bonus is not really one meant for teachers because of the high standardized test scores but rather as one of appreciation for the sacrifices teachers make. They spend free time to grade tests over the weekend and answer any questions students may have. The bonus was a way to reward teachers for all of their dedication and passion for their work.
Maybe someone can put in a request to the Board of Education about a bonus for students before I take the SBAC this coming year.
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