Recently someone was picked as ''Sercretary of Education" who has no experience in the educational system. Even those involved in the educational system may not show good judgement some times. I can express this, because I have 36 years in teaching and experiencing the issues. In my opinion; getting in the trenches is the only way to understand the problems in education. For example; many schools still don't have enough textbooks for each child in their class.. State testing is supposed to check on a teacher's performance, based on her classes test scores and performance of her children. What is not known is that these tests require a child must be taken the age appropriate test. That means that children in any special education class, or non English speaking child still must take a test that really is not appropriate for their educational ability.
OK, I've gotten it off my chest, and I feel better. I hope you consider that sharing my thoughts is not meant to provoke opposing arguments. I was just stating my concerns, because I have walked in these shoes.