Good day. This past Saturday, President Obama announced a new infinitive that might lead to a cap on standardized testing. Check out the following excerpt from this New York Times article:
(The Globe reported from a local angle.)
The devil will be in the details, and therefore many observers greeted the news with restrained glee, taking a wait and see approach. Even were this to come to fruition, the bell of high-stakes consequences cannot be un-rung. Years of high stakes standardized testing and endless classroom preparatory hours have already caused havoc and pain with children, schools, and staff. Still, this is a positive move, and we welcome the debate that will follow.
This weekend we held our annual Building Rep Conference in Dedham, and more than 140 representatives and school leaders attended the 1.5 day conference. There’ll be more to report in the upcoming BTU newspaper.
Please read this special note to grade 6, 7, and 8 teachers in ELT Schedule A schools. The following issue has arisen:
Notwithstanding the above, if you are a secondary teacher in a Schedule A ELT school, you are entitled to five 48-minute P&D periods per week, PLUS another 35-minute P&D block (either a solid block of time or seven minutes per day for five days) per week — PLUS another 40 minute block of planning and discussion time that is facilitated by a BTU colleague. All of the above requirements are independent of one other.
Tonight at the BTU at 6 PM we are holding a meeting for all athletic coaches in order to develop a negotiating package for the upcoming negotiations. All coaches are invited to attend. There’ll be food, and we expect the meeting to last more than 90 minutes. See you then.