Daily Archives: February 6, 2015

Buffalo: Teachers Union Official Thrown Out of Board Meeting When He Tries to Speak

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Watch the fascinating video embedded in this blog post from Buffalo, New York. Kevin Gibson, the Secretary of the Buffalo Teachers Federation gets up to speak. Board member Larry Quinn (yes, the same…

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Mercedes Schneider: No Wonder John White Was Hiding La. ACT Scores

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider has been trying to get Louisiana’s ACT scores, but the State Education Department would not release them. Mercedes would not be deterred, and she explains here how she finally got them.…

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James Harvey: Ten Things You Should Know About International Tests

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
James Harvey, director of the National Superintendents Roundtable, wrote a terrific article about international assessments in Valerie Strauss’s Answer Sheet. He explains: “These assessments were never intended to line up and rank nations…

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February 6, 2015 – NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY – NATIONAL LAME DUCK DAY

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More Than Half of U.S. Students Will Not Take Federally-Funded Common Core Tests

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Catherine Gewertz reports in Education Week that 51% of American students will not be taking either the PARCC or Smarter Balanced (SBAC) tests. These tests were underwritten by a U.S. Department of Education…

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The New York Times or The Onion? “Is Your First Grader College Ready?”

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
Every now and again, a serious news outlet runs a story that requires multiple readings to tell that it is not someone trying deliberately to invoke Poe’s Law.  The internet axiom states that…

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Illinois Governor Rauner Goes After Unions, Wants More Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mike Klonsky reviews Governor Bruce Rauner’s dream: a state with no unions and more charters. “Gov. Rauner used yesterday’s State of the State speech to officially declare war on the state’s working people…

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