State Report Cards
What are they really for?
South Carolina, like many other states, recently dropped its “school report cards”. State Superintendent of Education Ellen Weaver, who has made clear her allyship with Moms for Liberty and other groups politicizing literacy instruction, wasted no time in using apparently positive growth in literacy (based solely on state test scores, which we’ll get to below) to support a pet talking point. Weaver argued that what we need is to embrace “the science of reading,” a phrase which, as Moms for Liberty generally uses it, refers to something we weren’t systemically doing while the scores were going up.
This is a paid post, but a free version is available here, courtesy of the Center for Educator Wellness and Learning.