We can continue to focus on learning, but take the focus off of testing
Data can be helpful in determining where we go next, but it has become the entire conversation rather than just one thread. We are losing the focus of a well-rounded education for a data-driven machine that tries to put every child into a cookie cutter mold.
Consider security risks
As a parent, this is my single most important concern. We are naive to think that our worst nightmare (ie: school violence) can't happen in our school district.
Communication with parents about school assemblies, fire drills, etc.
Children don't always offer a lot of information about their day. Teachers share classroom details but I don't know what was said at the assembly on bullying? What was said during the lockdown drill? Part of my job as a parent piggybacks a discussion about these topics when they happen.
Support regular education teachers whom have special needs students
This allows the teacher to actually teach to the class while the paraprofessional can relay the teachers information to the special needs student. With support for behaviorally challenged students, this makes the classroom a much safer and more comfortable place for all the students to learn.
I respect and value the zero tolerance policy in place to prevent any type of bullying. However, I feel that is touched upon only at the beginning of the year and then not again until someone is specifically targeted. Consistently remind them of what it looks like to build character and stand up for people.