Is your child’s teacher making the grade?
Posted by Texas Education on August 26, 2008
Amazing what Wayne Dolcefino can uncover. He has shown us how we can look into what “grade” a person teaching your children has on their certification test. If they have passed the test in the subject they are teaching, or have passed the state certification tests, how long it took to pass, and the scores. I was a bit shocked and dismayed at how “public” this information is. Sometimes we go through life, mostly doing the right thing – that’s character. But, not always do we realize what we are doing can be look at, scrutinized, and mulled over by anybody who’s anybody. This is a bit scary, I’m not listed on the current pdf, since I’m no longer a teacher in Humble ISD, but you can still look me up, and pretty much anyone else. Though they don’t have my EC-4 certification, which I passed that, the first time…also. It’s pretty cool to see what the teachers are “qualified” to teach, and then is that what they are teaching?
More and more technology is making our lives very transparent, maybe too transparent. More information is not necessary all good. I don’t mind anyone knowing what I’m qualified to teach, and having this information now makes me cautious. I am embarking on taking another test to diversify, but if I fail it, it will become public knowledge. I didn’t know that until now.
Does failing these tests mean you’re a bad teacher? Or does passing mean you’re a good teacher? I don’t know, but do we have a right to see if our children’s teacher has had trouble passing the state required tests to be in a classroom? I suppose, especially if the teacher hasn’t proven he/she can pass it yet. I was also shocked at how quite a few of the teachers in our district who have had a bit of difficulty passing the principal test. I also wonder what “inactive” means on someone I looked up. It says there are “restrictions.” What ever that means, and why?
View for yourself. Look up your child’s teacher, you be the judge.