Talking with parents at the TechTest2014 Survivors this morning I learned that Mr. Sharp the Seven Hills Middle School math teacher is retiring and he will not be replaced by a full time math teacher. Apparently, with the adoption of Common Core the Seven Hills Administration has decided there are not enough Common Core math hours to justify a full time math teacher. He will be replaced with a multi-credentialed teacher. Or, looking at the reality of the situation a part time math teacher.
Mr. Sharp was often criticized for pushing math too hard by his fellow teachers. The results often showed up in TechTestJr merit scholarship exams sponsored by the Sierra Economics and Science Foundation. When the results were in, the most TechTestJr top performers were most often from Seven Hills, besting all the other Middle Schools in the County.
The decline of math rigor in Common Core will result in students less prepared for an advance math courses. The first year that SESF gave the TechTestJr exam Mr Sharp showed me a letter he got from a TestTest2011 winner, telling him that his success was the result of the math skills he learned in Mr. Sharp’s math classes.
That letter was huge endorsement of Mr. Sharp’s skills as a math teacher. Now, he is being placed by part timer in Common Core, which does not have a rigorous math curriculum. I predict that Seven Hills TechTestJr results will be sliding down hill real soon now! Your thoughts?