According to the op-ed page of this morning’s Post, Bill Gates recently dropped by to let us all know how to fix American education.
… Gates names two priorities: helping successful charter school organizations, such as KIPP, replicate as quickly as possible; and improving teacher effectiveness at every other school.
First of all, despite the endorsement of Post writer Jay Mathews, KIPP is not a solution that works for all kids. Indeed, there are many facets of their program that cannot (and should not) be replicated.
As for “teacher effectiveness”, that, of course, is almost exclusively measured by standardized test scores.
Which is not a bad thing since President Obama and his secretary of education both have expressed the need for better standardized tests, right?
And just for good measure, we need to throw in the teacher improvement proposals of Michelle Rhee, chancellor of DC public schools, also focused almost entirely on individual teacher performance based on test scores.
See, fixing schools is very simple: better tests and training to better teach to those tests.