One of the problems with having a decent principal is that you don't want to make him look bad during the Quality Review. Things were so much easier with Suit around. I wanted everyone to see him for the fool he was.
So, on snowy Monday, I actually looked up the records and past report cards of all the students that were added to my rosters in February. (I already know all I need to know about he ones I've had since September.) Now, for the shock (not really, it was just what I expected), all but two of them received 50's or 55's in math last semester and all have a long record of repeated failure in math and other subjects.
What does all this data mean? There is nothing in the record that tells me how to help them. There are no clues as to how I can reach them. I just saw a bunch of numbers that mean nothing. Millions of dollars have been spent on a system that accomplishes nothing that I can see (unless I am seriously missing something.)
I broke down and looked at one IEP as well. I will never do that again. I've spent countless hours working with these kids and I know what they need. In fact, I am proud to say that all my resource room students are currently passing. They understand the work and are coming for extra help when they need it. They feel good about the subject, all without my looking at one of these documents.
Will these Quality Review people be able to tell me how to use this data that I now have?
Footnote: The Quality Review people observed me today. I will definitely post about that at some future time. All I'll say now is that it went surprisingly well. (I would never want them to see me if I was in charge, there are so many better teachers around.) One of the good things about Suit was that he steered them far away from me.