Maureen Stafford Bethel made many valid points in her Aug. 22 letter, Let’s ensure all students can excel. However, whether FCAT tests or the Common Core curriculum and corresponding evaluations are used to measure the success of students, teachers and schools, we should keep in mind that success in an evaluation doesn’t always equate with learning.
Data-driven instruction/learning is best achieved with individualized instruction, which Bethel also mentions. This can be achieved one to one, when possible, or in small groups, which is more realistic.
Unless we address the needs of each child, everything else is just rhetoric and window dressing. Nothing beats the look on children’s faces when they get it.
Adela Sygman, Palmetto Bay