By Bob Beck
Laramie, Wy – One complaint of teachers in the No Child Left Behind World is that it is difficult to be innovative. Republican Candidate for State Superintendent Ted Adams says that is because teachers are asked to teach to an assessment test. But Adams says the state department of education needs to find a way to measure innovation, so that a test isn't the only way to meet federal standards.
"I think we can utilize things like charter schools, especially with the law we have in Wyoming . And the virtual world to really begin to meet kids needs in powerful, innovative ways . And if we can document that they are academically growing and they are socially and emotionally healthy, then we have a lot of freedom. "
Adams says better measuring of how students are performing would be a key part of his administration.