Daily Archives: March 4, 2015

A Stunning Graphic on the Failure of Test-Based Accountability

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University posted this graphic on Twitter. It shows the flat lines and declines of U.S. scores on the international PISA test from 2000-2012. https://twitter.com/ldh_ed/status/484388825645326337 Just think of the waste…

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David Gamberg: The Absurdity of Evaluating Teachers by the Scores of Students They Never Taught

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
David Gamberg is the superintendent of two neighboring districts on the North Fork of Long Island, Southold and Greenport. He shows here how bizarre it is to evaluate educators based on the test…

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Texas: Senate Leaders Lay Out Plan to Destroy Public Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Texas Republican leaders in the state senate unveiled their ambitious plan to enact the ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) agenda for privatization of public education. With the help of Texans for Education Reform…

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March 4, 2015 – NATIONAL POUND CAKE DAY – NATIONAL HUG A G.I. DAY – NATIONAL GRAMMAR DAY

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Urgent Help

Save Texas Schools – Action Alert! Contact your state senator TODAY: Today, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on proposals to grant $2.2 billion in tax cuts and exemptions to businesses from the franchise (margins) tax. This tax … Continue reading

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Mercedes Schneider: Time to Stop “Test and Punish” Regime for Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider was invited to contribute to the Néw York Times’ blog “Room for Debate.” The subject was “What Makes a Good Teacher?” Eric Hanushek said evaluation must be tied to retention and…

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