A column last week by an Atlanta middle school teacher lamenting the ineffectiveness of the new Georgia Milestones test in helping her improve instruction prompted a lot of discussion on the blog, much of it from teachers with similar concerns.
Among the responses to APS teacher Clara Totenberg Green's essay was this comment:
DOE says teachers have everything possible "down to the domain level." That means I now know 40% of my students struggled in the geometry portion/domain of the course; unfortunately there is over 20 standards associated with that domain. I then have to take a stab at which standard(s) needs to be beefed up and wait another year to find out if I made the necessary corrections. To compound the problem not all standards are equal, some are more involved then others.
A teacher who gives a SLO (Student Learning Objective) in contrast will know exactly which domain, which standard, and even the exact question(s) that their students struggled with and can then make an informed decision the following year. I really would like to hear GaDOE's response to my post.
Here is the response from DOE Deputy Superintendent for Assessment & Accountability Melissa Fincher:
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