Scarsdale, N.Y., Public Schools Superintendent Mike McGill is retiring at the end of this school year after 16 years in on of America’s most successful, financially privileged and, some might say, rogue school districts.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend some time covering the Scarsdale Board of Education as part of my community coverage of that upscale Westchester County community for The Daily Voice in 2011-2012.
Under his guidance, and with the cooperation of the local Board of Education, McGill guided the school district to success by bucking the trends and conventional wisdom, placing little emphasis on “teaching to the test” and stressing critical and creative thinking. In a controversial move, Scarsdale turned away from offering Advanced Placement courses and, instead, chose an in-house course called Advanced Topics.
The district also has taken part in the Global Learning Alliance in cooperation with Columbia University’s Teachers College and several of the world’s top-ranked school systems.
This week, McGill has written an opinion piece published in Education Week addressing the national focus on what he calls “high-stakes testing and related reforms.” With educational reforms and budgeting at the forefront in Norwalk and throughout the state — and while acknowledging the vast differences in resources and demographics between Scarsdale and Norwalk — we would like to share McGill’s thoughts with NancyOnNorwalk’s readers.
Click here to read “When Education is But a Test Score.”