Ironic humor: I don't know
what the hell that mathematical equation means...except a lower salary. Maybe that's why "my (23) students"
did so crappy.
I am a school counselor.
My school has close to 1,100 students....and my evaluation reflects 40 of those students' math and science test scores.
That is so outrageously wrong. Clearly wrong. Wrong in the purest sense. Laughable. Pathetic, really.
Sad. Depressing. Uninspiring.... In my FACE wrong! Make me ANGRY! Exasperated! WRONG!
What is wrong with YOU, state legislators and board members
and "Education Advisory Committee" members? Peekin' from around the "Bush" (policies) that this
wonderful state of Florida allowed? How will you defend affecting a hard working school counselor's salary with 40 science
and math scores?! Cough up my "highly effective" 750 dollars!
Let me tell you a little about me and how that ugly score--and its standard error
of 1.319 and its VAM Ratio of -2.6846--makes me feel. It makes me mad. It also makes me laugh. Are
you such a pompous lot that you believe this bs? Do you know what it all means? Well then, EXPLAIN IT TO ME! Give it
to me straight, my man/men! Give it to me without deviations and standard errors and ratios. I want to know, baby!
How did you choose those 17+23 children? How are they and their math scores tied to me, a school counselor and my salary?
I know this "mathematical equation": "My salary - 750 dollars for earning "highly effective"
= less money in my pocket. I know this too: Poor scores (wherever the hell they come from) + below average evaluations
from devious principals= NO JOB for wonderful, upstanding, honest, hardworking educators.
here's what it indirectly means for me too: Going to work anyway. Doing my best anyway. Loving children.
Being creative, kind and patient ANYWAY! For it is hard for some, my clueless state leaders. It is hard for wonderful
educators who sacrifice hours and hours to you and your tests and test prep--iReady and the likes--to receive indecipherable
VAM scores and not have an inkling what they mean.
And no one's been able to make me understand.
Because no one really understands it.