Daily Archives: February 9, 2015

North Carolina: Big News! High-Poverty Schools Have Low Grades

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
LIndsay Wagner of the NC Policy Watch reports that nearly 30 percent of the public schools in the state received a letter grade of D or F. ? Surprise: Almost all of them…

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ASCD Calls for Two-Year Moratorium on High Stakes Associated with Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A press release this morning from ASCD: ? ? In a statement released today, ASCD calls on policymakers to institute a two-year moratorium on using new state standardized assessments for accountability purposes. ?…

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The Unholy Alliance: Charters, the Media, and “Research”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Horace Meister, a regular contributor, has discovered a shocking instance of contradictory research, posted a year apart by the same “independent” governmental agency. The first report, published a year ago, criticized New York…

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TFA Responds to NY Times’ Story About Decline in Applicants

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The leaders of Teach for America posted a response to the front-page article in the Néw York Times describing TFA’s declining enrollment. They blame the decline in part on the overall dip in…

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February 9, 2015 – NATIONAL BAGEL DAY – NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER DAY – NATIONAL TOOTHACHE DAY

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John Thompson: Why Won’t Arne Duncan Acknowledge the Failure of High-Stakes Testing?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Writing in Huffington Post, historian and teacher John Thompson reviews the dismal failure of high-stakes testing and the inability of its advocates to face reality. ? He deplores our current testing regime, which…

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February 8, 2015 – NATIONAL BOY SCOUTS DAY – NATIONAL KITE FLYING DAY

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North Carolina Teacher: What We Learned from School Grades

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This year, for the first time, North Carolina followed Jeb Bush’s lead and gave each of its schools a letter grade, A-F. The grades reflect poverty and also the state’s failure to support…

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The Lack of Evidence-Based Practice–The Case of Classroom Technology (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
In  the No Child Left Behind Act (2001), the phrase “scientifically based research” is mentioned 110 times. Not a typo. Evidence-based practice, a variation of the NCLB phrase, and…

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