Superintendent Vitti was brought on board to improve the district and I remind you that every other district is playing by the same terrible and unfair rules that the state has set up. This means even though the game is terrible, the playing field is level.
When we look at the results that way then it becomes pretty obvious that district has not improved and many of us in the trenches think we have taken a few steps back.
It’s also a shame that so many important decisions are going to made on this one dubious test but you know what, it has been like that for over fifteen years now. For a decade and a half we have been labeling inner city schools failures because their kids don’t do well on standardized tests and blaming teachers for those failures. The test may have changed but the system hasn't.
In the Times Union he did his best to manage expectations for the results which are going to be pretty poor and yeah we can blame the test but the truth is there is plenty of blame to go around.