Governors Call for Change

1 decade 1 year 1 month ago Monday, April 09 2007 Apr 9, 2007 Monday, April 09, 2007 7:06:56 PM CDT April 09, 2007 in News

"It is a checking mechanism for instructors," Hallsville teacher Jolyn Gravish said. "It makes sure that no children are falling through the cracks."

In a report released Friday, the NGA said their goal is to give states and districts more flexibility in implementing the program. It says this "checking mechanism" needs improvement.

Among other things, the NGA wants to enhance the state accountability system, create rewards while differentiating them from consequences and dedicate more federal resources.

Hallsville educators said they wonder what effect changes like those would have on districts in mid-Missouri.

"In Ashland, Sturgeon, Harrisburg, Centralia, Hallsville and Columbia, the system's not broken," Hallsville superintendent Tom Baugh said. "You know, we're not perfect, but we've got a lot of work to do, but I think the issue is probably in those urban environments."

Gravish said she's not worried about a system of assessments, but instead is concerned about ensuring her students have tools for life.

"I think that's something we need to make sure we meet is that they feel confident in reading and we'll see those scores go up," Gravish said. "It's just a matter of giving them the confidence and the skills to do it."

Gravish said it is nice that she doesn't feel pressure from the district to alter her lessons to fit "No Child Left Behind" standards.

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