Gonzalez calls testing regimen an ‘inherently flawed system’
Scores among Madera Unified’s schools on the state’s annual testing program have declined for the second year in a row, and new school Superintendent, Ed Gonzalez has set his sights on what he calls an “inherently flawed system of curriculum and instruction delivery.”
Of Madera Unified’s 23 schools, 12 failed to make the state’s Academic Performance Index (API) goal, and all MUSD schools received failing grades on their Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report from the federal government.
The grades on the state and federal report cards for 2012-2013 were clearly disappointing to Gonzalez, who said he does not believe “they are a true reflection of our students’ abilities or our teachers’ skill sets. Rather, he said, the problem lies largely in a system that is mandated by the Legislature, and then driven from the top down.
Gonzalez said the district would begin immediately to set things right...