Monthly Archives: March 2014

Peter Greene: Connecting the Dots Between CCSS and Big Data

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene, in a serious vein, explains that the Common Core standards are integrally connected to the collection of data. They can’t be changed or revised–contrary to the nationally and internationally recognized protocol…

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Massachusetts Kindergarten Teacher: I Quit

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I am really sorry to have to publish posts like this. I don’t want to see any teacher quit, especially the veteran teachers who are needed to help new teachers learn the ropes.…

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Sahlberg: The Only Standardized Test that Finnish Students Take

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Finnish students almost never take a standardized test. They take tests written by their teachers. There is one test, however, that students take at the end of high school. It is the same…

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With VAM: All Teachers of the Gifted Are “Bad” Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In this age of value-added measurement, when teachers are judged by the rise or fall of their students’ test scores, it is very dangerous to teach gifted classes. Their scores are already at…

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Texas: Parents Opt Their Child Out of Testing and Test Prep

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Kyle and Jennifer Massey in Waco, Texas, wrote a respectful letter to their child’s principal explaining why they would not permit him to take the state STAAR tests or to engage in test…

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Peter Greene: Why Standardized Testing Sucks

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene here explains what most teachers know about standardized testing. It is a monumental waste of time and money. It doesn’t reflect what students were taught or learned. He writes: “Standardized testing…

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Where Is All That Money Going?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A teacher writes in response to an earlier post about the vendors making lots of money these days, but not schools or classrooms: hahaha… I can laugh now, but, until I retired, I…

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California: The Language Police Are on the Job!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A teacher in California sent me the latest state testing guidelines and was disturbed to see the large number of forbidden topics. I was not surprised because in 2003, I published a book…

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KrazyTA Explains What Bill Gates Wants for His Own Children

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The most famous line ever written by John Dewey was this: “What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children. Any other…

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The Vergara Trial: Read All About It

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Vergara trial in California is a calculated effort to remove due process protections from teachers. The plaintiffs claim that the superintendent must be able to dismiss teachers at will, without the bother…

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