The President stated when talking on Education that "Some of this change is hard. It requires everything from more challenging curriculum's and more demanding parents to better support for teachers and new ways to measure how well our kids think, not how well they can fill in a bubble on a test." (State of the Union 2014). As a future teacher I am wondering how the President is going to instate this plan? Especially in such a tumultuous environment that is the US House and Senate?
Hey jordenwithanen, we asked Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy. Here’s what he had to say:
First let me applaud you on a great career choice. President Obama opened his speech by recognizing that students are doing better than ever because their teachers are putting in long hours, hard work, and a whole lot of heart. So you’re stepping into a career with high expectations.
The President has called on us to raise expectations for our nation’s students, teachers, parents, and schools because we want ensure every young person graduates ready for college and a career. In 2012, President Obama announced new flexibility and reforms to the No Child Left Behind Act that will enable states to take the steps necessary to align their education system to a new goal of college and career-readiness by raising standards, improving accountability, and enhancing teacher effectiveness.
To be at their best, our teachers need to have tools to help them assess what students know and can do so they can personalize learning to best support each individual student’s needs and interests. These tools should include assessments that go far beyond “fill in a bubble tests” and measure the skills and knowledge that teachers are teaching and that college and businesses are looking for, such as problem-solving, writing, and complex thinking skills. That’s why our Administration has funded two consortia of states to develop new assessments that measure what really matters and will help our teachers improve their teaching and help our students demonstrate their full capabilities.