Daily Archives: April 8, 2014

How is Common Core Like a Drone Warship? Susan Ohanian Knows

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Here is a chance to send readers to two very important blogs. Jonathan Pelto reprints Susan Ohanian’s post comparing the Common Core to a $5 billion fully automated warship. Ohanian sees the writing…

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Parent in Nebraska: We Love Our School and State, But We Love Our Children More!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jill Osler, a parent in Nebraska, wrote the following statement: ? Parents Can Take a Stand Against Testing Almost one year ago, I wrote an editorial stating my belief that high-stakes standardized testing…

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VAMboozled: Everything You Want to Know about VAM Research

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I asked Audrey Amrein-Beardsley to compile a list of the most important VAM research. ? Here are her recommendations for the top 13 research articles about Value-Added Measurement: ? Amrein-Beardsley, A. (2008). Methodological…

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Helen Gym: What It Means to be a Champion of Change

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I previously commended Helen Gym for her activism as a parent advocate for public education in Philadelphia. She is on the honor roll as a hero and an exemplar. And, boy, Philadelphia needs…

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Texas Superintendent Asks for Help in Stopping Failed VAM

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This superintendent posted a request for help. I will be posting a summary of research on value-added-measurement later today. I think it is fair to say that while economists like VAM (they measure…

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Teacher: The Joy of Teaching Is Gone

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A teacher in Syracuse writes, in response to comments by another teacher: Teaching has lost its joy and spontaneity. It has become “all work and no play, which makes Johnny a very dull…

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