Nothing Standardized About It

U.S. News and World Report

Delaware’s 2016 Teacher of the Year Sandra Hall has a powerful opinion piece in which she commends higher academic standards for giving teachers the flexibility to make “learning fun and engaging” so that students improve their educational outcomes. Sandra Hall, a fourth-grade teacher, writes that her students are “mastering the content and skills spelled out in our state’s academic standards” and that she is a “firm believer” in their ability to “transform teaching and learning.” Hall references a Center for Education Policy report in which a majority of teachers said they have “as much or more autonomy” to develop their own classroom plans since the standards were adopted. Hall says that she has seen her students “truly rise to the challenge” that high academic standards pose and they’re learning how to think critically and analytically to solve problems.

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