What We Did Right In Massachusetts Established the right minimum passing standard. Created a transparent system. Remained inclusive, and use local educators in all phases. Maintained strong, bipartisan political support. Created a system that is both flexible and fair. –Focused Retest –Appeals Process –Multiple Retest Opportunities
Most Important Lesson We Learned in Massachusetts Set Reasonable Standards + Stick With It = System and Students Will Succeed
The Problem Facing Public Education Today K-12 and Higher Education both face constant scrutiny and criticism – and we deserve it. WHY? - We have lowered our standards. - We expect less effort from our students. - Students are living up to our lowered expectations, and are losing ground to their peers around the world. This has to change.
What Can Higher Ed do? Be Proactive And Communicate Be clear about expectations and standards. Keep the public informed. Release all data - both good and bad. Set a reasonable baseline and report progress from that point.
What Can Higher Ed do? Partner with your K-12 system. Work with local high schools to ease the transition from high school to college for students. Align freshman year standards with grade 12 standards, so students are ready for college. Provide ongoing support to ensure students graduate from college. Take The Lead To Define “College Ready”
What Can Higher Ed do? Make Sure Your Education Graduates Are Well Prepared To Teach New teachers need to know: About NCLB, AYP and other federal and state standards and requirements. Methodologies including the latest technologies to produce students as active, engaged learners. How to enter the classroom prepared to implement standards-based reform.
As They Say… “The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes "Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen." ~ Horace Mann “ The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it. ~ Michelangelo