Daily Archives: April 10, 2015

Tennessee Legislature Seeks to Reduce Test Scores’ Role in Teacher Evaluation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The House members of the Tennessee legislature voted unanimously to reduce the role of test scores in teacher evaluations, at least temporarily. Controversy continues about whether teachers and other school staff should be…

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How the Obamas Opted Their Children Out of High-Stakes Standardized Tests

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Read Alan Singer’s column posted in Valerie Strauss’s blog The Answer Sheet to learn how the Obama family opted out.”” Singer says that the Obamas opted out of high-stakes testing by sending their…

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On Facing Resistance

Originally posted on lacetothetop:
I googled “protest” hoping to find an image to add to the sign I was making.  I instantly found myself lost in a world of black and white snapshots of our country’s history.  As I scrolled…

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Showing Work for Mathematics

Originally posted on RootingForMathEducation:
Earlier this year, my sister-in-law asked if I could help her son with his 2nd grade math as his grades had gone down as of late. I agreed and at the next opportune gathering looked things…

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SENATE APPROVES CHANGES TO TEACHER TRAINING AND EVALUATION

Below is an update from the Texas Senate. It contains the low-lights of Senate Bill 893 that will destroy teachers and education as we know it. The idea of teacher’s salaries bases on the following:  ” required annual evaluations of … Continue reading

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Mercedes Schneider’s Close Reading of the Senate Bill to Revise NCLB: Part 2

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider is reading the 600+ pages of the Senate bill drafted by Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Patti Murray. It is a tough job, and I am glad she has the patience…

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Arnold Dodge: The Sham Called Race to the Top

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Arnold Dodge, who lives on Long Island, has been a teacher, principal, and superintendent and is now a professor of education. In this post, he exited the metaphor of Race to the Top.”…

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Peter Greene: Charters Have Failed As “Laboratories of Innovation”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene reminds us that charter schools were supposed to be laboratories of innovation–freed from central bureaucracy, freed from state regulations and mandates. But, he says, they have utterly failed. They were also originally…

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Pasi Sahlberg: Finnish Teachers Are Not “the Best and the Brightest”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Pasi Sahlberg, the great Finnish educator who is teaching this year at Harvard Graduate School of Education, wrote recently to explain how Finnish universities select future teachers. Finnish universities are famously selective,accepting only…

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Is it possible that offering support instead of punishment leads to Better Teachers? – Part 3 of 3

Originally posted on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé:
View as Single Page The United States First, the U.S. has 1,206 schools, colleges and departments of education that trains teachers, and they exist in 78% of all universities and colleges.…

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