Well, you know what? The numbers tell a picture. They — the numbers tell a story, but it’s part of the story.
It’s like that beginning or just the middle or just the end. It definitely doesn’t tell you the whole of what great teachers do with kids.
It would be like going to the doctor and having your temperature taken, and the temperature telling us everything we need to know about you. It doesn’t.
It gives us one number on one day, and it tells us your health and wellness at that one moment. But it’s not really that useful a piece of information taken in isolation.
You know, if you looked at my test scores, I have taught every kind of kid imaginable. I have had gifted and talented. I have had English learners. I have had students who have special needs who have been mainstreamed.
And if you look at their test scores, you will just see a whole host of numbers and information that tell you, with some kids, I’m enormously effective just based numerically on their test scores.
You will see other kids, maybe the gifted or talented kids, who very often are already at the peak of their academic performance and maybe come down a little bit.
But what I have done with those kids and for kids really can’t be measured on such a narrow set of questions and information and parameters. That doesn’t show you the whole picture of me and it certainly doesn’t show you the whole of each child.