To anyone who knows anything about education, it’s a stunning comment. Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said in Bowling Green that:
When the US Air Force checked me out in 1971 to program the first generation of teaching technology machines ever used for operational pilot training, one of the first things I learned was the vital importance of assessment in real education. Very simply, good teachers must constantly evaluate where the student is in the learning process so that future teaching can be adjusted to meet the student’s needs.
Without continuous assessment of student progress, teachers are left clueless about how their instruction is working for students.
So, here we are after 20 years of KERA, and our commissioner of education says our teachers don’t know some of the most important things about teaching. That is indeed a “huge thing.”