Daily Archives: April 15, 2015

Montana: Folks Disappointed by Computer Crash, Ask: “Why Not Trust Teachers?”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The computer server crashed in Montana, where students were taking the SBAC Common Core test. People in Missoula were not happy about it. “It’s been three years in the making to get kids…

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Alan Singer: Seven More Reasons to Opt Out

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Alan Singer offers seven sensible reasons to refuse to make your child take the state tests. ? I will give you the reasons, and you should read his post to see his explanation.…

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Peter Greene: Kentucky Flatly Bans Opt Out

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene reports that Kentucky absolutely prohibits opt outs from state tests. No parental choice whatever. The children belong to the state, and that is that. Kentucky parents should organize and demonstrate civil…

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Yinzercation: My Religious Reasons for Opting Out

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Yinzercation–the Pennsylvania blog written by education activist Dr. Jessie Ramey–posts here a brilliant statement about why she is opting out on religious grounds. Under state law, she is not required to state her…

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Defending the Early Years Publishes a New Report Explaining What Young Children Should Learn

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Defending the Early Years is an organization of professionals who have devoted themselves to early childhood education. DEY has just published a new report by Lillian G. Katz, Professor Emerita of Early Childhood…

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Stan Karp: A Tale of Two Districts, Besieged by Corporate Reform

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Stan Karp was a teacher in New Jersey for many years. He now works as an advocate for public education. In this brilliant article, he describes two districts in New Jersey that have been under…

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April 15, 2015 – NATIONAL TAX DAY – NATIONAL RUBBER ERASER DAY – NATIONAL BOOKMOBILE DAY – NATIONAL TITANIC REMEMBRANCE DAY – NATIONAL TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY – NATIONAL GLAZED SPIRAL HAM DAY – NATIONAL LIBRARY WORKERS DAY

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Pearson Server Crashes in Colorado, Unplanned Test Interruption

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Pearson server crashed in Colorado as tens of thousands of students were taking online assessments in science and social studies. It was not what you would call an opt out, but it…

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Atlanta Judge Imposes Jail Time and Fines on Convicted Educators

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Judge Jerry W. Baxter, who presided over the trial of Atlanta educators who cheated on tests and were convicted of racketeering, briefly reconsidered the sentences he would mete out. ? While it appeared that…

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Fairtest Weekly Report on Testing Resistance

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
It gets harder and harder to keep up with the news about testing, because the popular sentiment is changing against standardized testing in general and Common Core testing in particular with great rapidity.…

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