Daily Archives: March 24, 2015

Virginia Governor Signs Bill to Repeal A-F Letter Grades for Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic governor of Virginia, signed a law repealing the A-F letter grades for schools. As Lindsay Wagner of NC Policy Watch reports, this action takes place at the same time…

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Jason Stanford: “I Took the Fourth Grade Common Core ELA Test,” and It Stinks

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jason Stanford, an investigative journalist in Texas, writes that he took the fourth grade ELA test, composed of sample questions from the Smarter Balanced Assessment. He decided to do this after learning that…

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Audrey Beardsley: Is Néw Mexico the Silliest State or the Dumbest?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Audrey Beardsley, one of the narion’s leading experts on teacher evaluation, recently visited Néw Mexicoe and there found an unhappy, test-obsessed school system. She says Néw Mexico has gone “high stakes silly.” She…

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Texas Parents Act Out Against High-Stakes Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A group of activist parents have turned the tide against high-stakes testing in Texas. They organized, informed themselves, informed others, and button-holed their state legislators about the overuse and misuse of testing in…

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March 24, 2015 – NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED RAISIN DAY – AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION ALERT DAY

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Foolproof Tips on Obtaining a GREAT Announced Teacher Observation!

Originally posted on DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER:
I wasn’t “feeling” observations, and this post popped into my head.   Spoiler Alert: Don’t take me seriously!:) 1. Create a lesson you will never use again. It’s showtime! Create the…

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