If you are a regular reader you know that I have never been a fan of TPM. I believed that it was cheap political stunt that was bad for students and bad for schools (but it did help to get the Governor re-elected). A lot of grief that people are experiencing at this time would seem to confirm this. However, good or bad, here is how the state screwed this up this time. TPM was the rule that everybody had been playing by for the past two years. Decisions, actions, plans, interventions, pacing and careers were all impacted by the understanding that TPM has a measurable effect on student performance scores and campus accountability. Due to this, if the rule is in place at the beginning of the year, you keep it in place until the end of the year. But this was not the case. The state said, “Here are the rules, go to work. Oops, here are some harder rules, good luck.” It is like the referees of a football game walked into the locker room at halftime and told the coaches, “I know you are 11 points behind, but for the rest of the game touchdowns are only worth 4 points. Thanks for understanding.” It is becoming more obvious by the day that the people making school policy decisions have no understanding of school operations. Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on Amazon.com! http://tinyurl.com/4ydqd4t Upcoming Event / Presentation Schedule June 11 (TASB) – The Fundamental Five; Improve Now! June 15 (TASSP) – Improve Now! June 16 (TASSP) – Conference Breakfast, hosted by E. Don Brown (LYS travel tumblers for the first 1000 attendees, last year we ran out) June 16 (TASSP) – Book Release Event, “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction” June 16 (TASSP) – Fundamental Five; Tech Tools for the 2.0 Principal June 17 (TASSP) – PowerWalks June 18 (TASB) – The Fundamental Five; Improve Now!