What’s something in Juneau’s standardized test data that informs an education policy you want to implement or action you want to take?

  • School Board

    • Kyle Scholl*

      Candidate for School Board

      You know, I’m not familiar with how it is now. I’m just going by what I know about 20 years ago when I took it. But I feel like the standardized testing should kind of hone in on all subjects. That way we know kind of have more of an idea of their skill set, so to speak, and not just keep it down to the three that I was familiar with.

    • Thom Buzard

      Candidate for School Board

      I see the test scores are continuing to drop. I think that we are entirely too lax in some areas because there are a number of skill sets — reading would be one of them — that are disciplines. You cannot become proficient at them if you do not become disciplined. The onus needs to be more on the student if they are not willing to take on the responsibilities and put the effort in. There’s no amount of pressure that a teacher is going to be able to apply to make the student learn.

    • Will Muldoon*

      Candidate for School Board

      I’m obviously a very data-centric guy, but I think that just using only data to enact policy isn’t always the best idea. I have a lot of concern about just using data from standardized testing. I think that it puts a lot of unfair pressure on teachers. I think that it puts a lot of unfair pressure on students. So I’m not opposed to standardized testing, but to just use that as a sole metric for coming up with policy, I don’t think is the best idea.

    • Ibn Bailey

      Candidate for School Board

      I would say from the standardized test, I would like to see a more robust effort towards pre-K education that we have to increase our low student achievement rates, our results from the tests for our reading, and, and math comprehension skills. Those are areas that we’re at a critical point in, that we need to work in partnership to increase, resulting in higher graduation rates for our students.

    • Aaron Spratt

      Candidate for School Board

      Our students who fall behind in reading before third grade, it’s very difficult for them to catch up through high school. I believe that we need to use, especially the MAPs [Measures of Academic Progress] data to intervene with these kids who are not adequately progressing in math and reading, instead of the robust targeted interventions that we need. The district currently ignores them and passes all students on to the next grade in elementary and middle school.

    • Elizabeth Siddon

      Candidate for School Board

      One of my main priorities is around early reading, so students reading at grade level by grade three. This has been a recognized priority of the district for a number of years, but we haven’t seen substantial improvement. I’m really committed to an overhaul of really rethinking and supporting efforts of how we teach, how our students learn, and how we close the achievement gaps around reading.

    • Amber Frommherz

      Candidate for School Board

      So in terms of school data, student data, as a school board member, if I were elected, I would like to ensure that our teaching staff and our administration staff have proper professional development that helps them conduct or facilitate the student assessment tests. And in addition, how that dovetails with teaching the Marzano teacher assessment data.