Columbia, SC — Every year we get concerned with students’ performance, but we do little. If we really are concerned, we should do what other states are doing well.
I believe the problem lies not with the students but with educators and school districts. School and districts try to improve student achievement, but unfortunately in many instances they produce little or no results.
Educators and policymakers need to come up with workable strategies to produce desired results, including a concerted effort to hire high-quality teachers who match our needs and create an effective teacher and administrator evaluation system.
We must do the hard and unpopular things to change the old and unproductive school policies or continue to express dismay at the low student performance. Change needs to begin at the top.