Fort Myers News-Press: For Teachers, VAM Doesn’t Add Up

Fort Myers News-Press: For Teachers, VAM Doesn’t Add Up

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Bob Sikes

Scathing Purple Musings

From the editors of the News-Press:

Think back to a schoolteacher who had a positive impact on your life. Chances are, your choice wasn’t based on explanations of quadratic equations or whether she helped advance your reading skills a full grade level.

Certainly, teachers teach. But great teachers also inspire students to look beyond the lesson plan, to see learning as adventure, not a chore.

Yet, Florida continues to test, teach to the tests and then evaluate students, teachers and schools based on those tests. The result is seldom

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