The host school's principal, Dave, is a model of efficiency and courtesy - it may be a District-operated venue, but one is left with no doubt that the tone is set by the pride invested in the operations of the school and that nothing will compromise the tone at the institution.
I've come to get a sense of the unfolding re-marking process and to show support to the many markers, from across the various circuits in our District, for the time invested in re-marking sample scripts from our 218 schools. Out of this process, we should receive insight into their findings and provide direction for the support required to turn our learner achievement around.
It is this insight that we all must focus on and address at school level; the District in terms of its support to schools and the SMTs of schools in terms of quality assurance within their respective institutions. As Dave pointed out in our discussion this morning, we cannot spend such enormous resources on this process and not address the underlying issues that the marking process will uncover - in fact, he wryly stated that we probably know what the analysis will show; that we're in deep trouble with regard to curriculum delivery in our classrooms; that our learners have not mastered key concepts and that our teachers need to be up-skilled across content and methodology.
If he is right, and I have a sneaky suspicion that he will be, the ANA results remains a challenge to all of us to lift-our-game, to adapt our practices, to pursue professional development opportunities with increasing vigour and to utilize the rich data available to us to inform a focused, teacher and child specific, strategy. I know this is a difficult and energy sapping pathway, but the converse is to continue our generalized modality of support across the system, which has shown itself to lack effectiveness and staying-power. And should we not change course, can we honestly expect different outcomes each year?
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