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2011 Summer Professional Development Conference “Preparing College and Career Ready Students”. Warren Craig Pouncey, Ed.D. Deputy State Superintendent Alabama State Department of Education. The New Normal…. State Funding FY2009 : $3,822,035,900 FY2012 : $3,813,380,486 Rolling Reserve Act
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Warren Craig Pouncey, Ed.D.
Deputy State Superintendent
Alabama State Department of Education
Rolling Reserve Act
Growth: $ 137,281,597
Dr. Morton and the State Board have requested that a task force be assembled to examine a new direction for Career and Technical Education in Alabama.
Over the next five months, business and industry leaders, Career Technical educators, students, and other participants will be charged with redefining what and how we offer career tech opportunities to our students.
Problem 1: Students are not performing adequately because they and their teachers are not working hard enough.
Reform 1: A get tough policy like “No Child Left Behind” that mandates 100% of all students be proficient in all area of measurement by 2014.
Problem 2: Improving student performance and closing the achievement gap can only occur by implementing rigorous content standards and a core curriculum for all schools.
Reform 2: Use standardized tests to assess students yearly to make sure they are succeeding; punish them and the schools if they fail to meet standards.
Problem 3: Standardized test scores provide an accurate measure of student learning and should be used to determine promotion and graduation.
Reform 3: Test scores don’t provide an accurate picture of what all students have learned; what it does confirm is that our conventional schools are not meeting the educational needs of a large number of our students.
Problem 4: The United States should require all students to take Algebra in the 8th grade and higher order math in high school largely to increase the number of scientists and engineers and thus making us more competitive in the global economy.
Reform 4: Forcing students to take four years of math or science without first instilling a passion for the subject is a formula for failure.
California enrolls almost 60% of its 8th graders in Algebra I, but has the nation’s lowest score on NAEP.
Problem 5: We need to put a highly qualified teacher in every classroom to deliver an excellent education to every student and improve our schools.
Reform 5: The law defines “highly qualified” as a teacher who is certified by a state. Too many universities still offer fragmented coursework and haphazard clinical placements; Schools of education prepare teachers to teach subjects rather than students.
Problem 6: Having an effective principal in every school would make a difference between a school that works and one that doesn’t.
Reform 6: The many demands on principals are daunting. They are expected to be the CEO, a skilled organizational manager, a strong instructional leader, an inspirational figure, a politician, and a community relations expert.
Current limits restrain the power of principals to be innovative and decisive. They are often caught in the middle between high ranking central office administrators, teachers, parents and students.
Problem 7: The student dropout rate can be reduced by dropout prevention programs and raising the mandatory attendance age from 16 to 18.
Reform 7: The vast majority of schools are preoccupied with standards, tests, core curricula and rigorous courses. Their main concern is academics and their main objective is for students to get good grades and have a shot at getting into college.
Problem 8: Making the school day and school year longer will increase student learning.
Reform 8: More time in school will not improve achievement if the time is not spent productively.
Additional time must be tied to:
Simply doing the same thing for a longer period of time will not close the achievement gaps.
Problem 9: If we invest more money in public schools, we will be able to provide every student with an excellent education.
Reform 9: If we continue to spend money on a model that doesn’t work instead of one that does, we will continue to need even more funding and continue to get mediocre results.