Believe it or not, Katy I.S.D. administers 90 of its own District Learning Assessments to students BUT the Katy I.S.D. school board has never gotten a substantive, statistically reliable explanation of what these tests mean in the lives of your children.
The Board has authorized the spending of tens and tens of millions of dollars to implement this program; yet, the Board does not know one single relevant analytical thing about the results of these tests, how they are used, if at all, for the organizational efficiency of classrooms; or could be used to enhance the Board’s ability to hold the administration accountable for the success or failure of program initiatives.
Look at all the tests. Do parents have a right to understand what the results mean? And, if the school board won’t get the answers for you, who will? These tests are only the tip of the iceberg of “soup de jure” curriculum strategies that include a range of “common assessments.”
I have made several references at the school board table about the need for accountability review of this program.
Let me just say this: of all the Board members, Charles Griffin has been the one to ask questions and make the genuine effort to understand why this is important. If you want to understand why I have praised Charles recently for his efforts to make it more possible for Board members to discuss these matters, this is why. I am looking to run towards new allies rather than ‘at’ past differences.
Take a look at all the tests Katy I.S.D, administers to your children and ask the question:
- Does the Katy I.S.D. School Board have a responsibility to help parents understand what all this means to help hold our administration accountable on behalf of your children? Whether it is the DLA program or targeted analysis of the meaning and use of a range of ‘common assessments,’ if the Board does not get this for you just who will?