Speaking at an event sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) incoming Council President, Kentucky Education Commissioner, Terry Holiday, had some choice words for school reformers and Common Core detractors.
Holiday on Teacher Evaluation:
- States moved too fast adopting new teacher evaluation systems.
- Too many states moved to make student test scores account for 50% of the final teacher evaluation.
- Too many states adopted new teacher evaluation systems with the intent of firing teachers.
Holiday on the compelling reasons why Kentucky has taken the lead on adoption of the Common Core State Standards:
- Employers told us they could not find enough qualified workers.
- Foreign countries intent on doing business in the Kentucky wanted to know about the available pool of skilled workers.
- African-American students have a one in seventeen (6%) chance of graduating from a Kentucky high school college- and career-ready.
- African-Americans growing up in Kentucky have a one in four (25%) chance of being incarcerated before their twenty-fourth birthday.
Holiday to Common Core cynics:
“Give us something better or get out of the way and let us do our work.”