The Alliance listened. They listened and have removed the teacher quality survey from their website.
You hear that? That's the sound of someone in Seattle education actually listening, actually saying maybe this needs a closer look, let's step back and do that.
That someone is the new head of the Alliance for Education, Sara Morris.
I had sent her an e-mail (and feeling a little awkward because we haven't met yet) outlining my concerns. Her 1 day response?
"I agree with you and have actually already pulled it down."
There's someone who is listening. (Yes, I know. The survey was bad and you would have hoped this would be the outcome. And they might still have a teacher quality survey again. But I like to start with a clean slate with someone new and give them the benefit of the doubt.)
Thank you, Sara.