Daily Archives: April 24, 2014

Reader Jim Explains Why Due Process Matters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Legislatures in various states are trying (and in many cases, recently Kansas, succeeding) to eliminate “tenure” for teachers, which means the elimination of due process. ? If a student makes a baseless claim…

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Open Letter to Michael L. Williams, Commissioner

Word copy of letter below. Thursday, April 24, 2014   Mr. Michael L. Williams Commissioner of Education William B. Travis Building 1701 N. Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701   Dear Mr. Williams: On March 31st and April 1st many students … Continue reading

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Does Data Matter to the Status Quo Defenders?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Reader Chiara Duggan says that study after study shows that charters and vouchers demonstrate that data don’t change their minds. She is right. The charters that get high test scores systematically exclude the…

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High-Stakes Testing Leads to High-Stress Lapses in Judgment

Originally posted on rightfulwriter:
This is a handout given to third graders in El Paso, TX. (Check out the story here.) The “lesson” was designed by a concerned counselor who wanted to diffuse students’ test anxiety and fears. She gathered their…

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