Open standards have been used successful across many industries and technologies. They give flexibility to customize and adapt, while providing a foundation of available standards and interoperability.
- Likewise, teachers would get their own customized teachers books, guides and could select from a wide range of available, rated and aligned lesson plans, teaching materials, etc. However, with standards customization available by state and/or school and down to the levels of grade, subject and proficiency groups, the materials could be a better match for the teacher’s classroom and student. There would also be much more flexibility to modify, upgrade or downgrade the standards for the school, based upon PILOT implementations and teacher classroom experience.
- Like the standards and tests, open public forums could provide ratings, reviews, recommendations. And any group (and even teachers) can certainly recommend or promote their wares. Parents and even students currently have no forum to rate materials, perhaps this is the feedback loop that is desperately needed.
Data opt-out provisions:
- Parents should be allowed to opt-out of any sharing of their child’s data. Like just about every other company, surveys and sampling can be used to normalize results if needed, without having to have data on EVERY SINGLE child.
- Perhaps teachers could voluntarily request or opt-out of having any results tied to any incentives.
- “Reformers” who want a “common” set of measurements and longitudinal test may not like it—though it would seem schools can still measure on each standard and show annual progress. Data geeks will have to live with not having data on every kid… sorry, it’s not a price parents want to be forced to pay.