JerseyCan.org listed Bay Head School as the #1 elementary school in NJ based on academic performance. The school was also recognized by the state of NJ as a Reward School for superior academic excellence. These are huge honors and, in my opinion, the students, their families, the Board of Education,Home & School, Bay Head Foundation, and the teachers and staff are worthy of these accolades- and more. However, even though the current system seems to be "working in our favor", I professionally feel that standardized tests are not an accurate measure of the "whole picture" with regards to student or teacher performance. It's a tricky balance, and one that I might not have written about had I not been doing some reading. I think it's best to continue to try and meet the expectations of the whole student, and hope that standardized test scores increase at the same time.
…no other nation in the world evaluates its teachers by the rise or fall of their students’ test scores. It is not even clear that this is a worthy goal. Aside from the absence of evidence for this way of evaluating teachers, there remains the essential question of why scores on standardized tests should displace every other goal and expectation for school: character, knowledge, citizenship, love of learning, creativity, initiative, and social skills.
- Diane Ravitch, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools, September 17, 2013