Governor Dennis Daugaard thinks South Dakota needs more effective teachers. Wait, edit that: he definitely doesn't want more teachers who are effective. He wants teachers who are more effective.
If that's really what the Governor wants, then why would he advocate reducing the amount of time teachers get to teach?
A second important component is our state's new school accountability system. Earlier this year, our state announced that we would no longer comply with No Child Left Behind, which is a broken and flawed system. Instead we are seeking a waiver from No Child Left Behind that will allow us to create a measurement and accountability system that makes sense for South Dakota. When fully implemented, this system will not just test students at the end of the year and measure them against an arbitrary bar. Instead, we will test students at the beginning of the year, to set a baseline, in the middle of the year, to allow for a mid-course correction, and at the end. We will measure schools and teachers by their students' growth &ndash that is, how far they move students from the beginning of the year to the end of the year [Governor Dennis Daugaard, State of the State address, Pierre, SD, 2012.01.10].
Oh boy: we replace the "broken and flawed" (yes, yes, yes, Dennis!) once-a-year testing of No Child Left Behind with three times as much testing time. And as a teacher preparing students for semester exams right now, I guarantee you that when we are testing, we are not doing nearly as much teaching.
So sign up now, effective teachers! You, too, can spend several more days a year handing you kids bubble sheets from Governor Daugaard. That's what effective education is all about, right?