Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jesse Register Gives CYOA Speech

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 8:01 AM

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In a cover-his-ass speech last week that went unnoticed by the media, schools director Jesse Register all but predicted Nashville will fail for the sixth straight year to meet federal achievement standards. The speech is on the school district's website here. Register says:
I want to be very clear and direct with my message today. First, I am not waiting on pins and needles for test scores that will be released in July. Quite frankly, this district needs urgent, dramatic and comprehensive reform regardless of the test scores this summer.

He adds:

Test scores are coming out in four to six weeks and there seems to be a lottery like anticipation of what the results will be. From my perspective, I don't expect to see any radical improvement in test scores, and we may or may not make adequate progress to improve our status as a district. Regardless of the short term outcome, the trends over the past few years show that we have consistently under performed in many areas.

We will not make excuses, but neither do we need to lose perspective. This situation did not come about overnight, and test scores will not change overnight. A sustained and collaborative effort is necessary to achieve the results that we want.

Gail Kerr writes today that Register is so desperate to broadcast this message that the district flack phoned her and asked her to write about the speech. Kerr reached the same conclusion as Pith. If schools fail again this year, the state Education Department can take over the district, fire the school board and everyone else associated with this disaster. Register is lobbying to keep his job.

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