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Posted October 16, 2015

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Teachers are Teaching & Students are Learning

Supt. Reedy reminds employees that while standardized assessments play a role in education, they are just one tool used to measure student success.

Dear Colleagues,

As I write this, I haven't yet seen the PARCC scores to be released by the state Public Education Department over the next few weeks. However, I have heard that scores are disappointing for school districts across the state. I'm here to say, no matter the scores, we're here to support you as you continue working to improve educational outcomes for all students.

While standardized assessments play a role in education, they are just one tool used to measure student success. There are so many other ways we can determine whether teachers are teaching, students are learning, and support staffs are advocating on behalf of the children of this school district.

Walk into any classroom and you'll see the proof. Talk to students, listen to conversations, witness or join in classroom activities, review other forms of assessment. I've been doing this for nearly 40 years; I know that scores and data, while of use, often skew reality. I am speaking especially about scores and data based on a new test taken for the first time in a format our students and teachers were not familiar with.

Despite what these test results may indicate, we know our students are reading, solving problems, thinking critically. And those who are struggling are getting the additional help they need to succeed.

That's not to say we can't do better. We'll take a close look at the PARCC scores and learn what we can from them. We'll come up with ways to better support our students, teachers and staff. In the meantime, continue guiding your students to academic success. Please know how much I appreciate and support you. Never forget how much our students need you.

Kind regards,

Raquel  Reedy
APS Superintendent

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