Daily Archives: May 7, 2015

What If They Gave a Test and No One Took It?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In Seattle, teachers explained that the Smarter Balanced Assessment did not count. Not a single 11th grade student at Nathan Hale High School took the test. They were acting in the same independent…

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A Frustrated Teacher: Her Best Is Not Enough

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This comment was posted on the blog. Please forward to Governor Andrew Cuomo. “governorcuomo@exec.ny.gov” ? ? ? Though I have loved teaching and have always felt it was what I was destined to…

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The U.S. Department of Education Should Be Held Accountable for Failure to Regulate Predatory For-Profit Colleges

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
For years, for-profit “colleges” have been criticized for false promises and preying on veterans, low-income students, and students of color. Congressional efforts to rein them in have been stymied by their high-priced lobbyists…

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12 Civil Rights Groups Oppose Opting Out. It Could Have Been 28.

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
On May 5, 2015, twelve civil rights groups led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights issued a statement “opposing anti-testing efforts.” In short, these groups are confronting the growing strength of…

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The Dunning-Kruger Effect: A Malady of Reform

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Thanks to a reader for introducing me to the Dunning-Kruger effect. Here is one definition: “One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those…

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Does Testing Cause Academic Progress?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Kevin Welner, head of the National Education Policy Center, debates Patricia Levesque, Jeb Bush’s chief education aide. Welner cites research to show that 13 years of high-stakes testing has had little or no…

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 John Oliver Reveals the Absurdity and Insanity of High Stakes Testing in the United States

Originally posted on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé:
American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. In the video, John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, and how often kids are expected to vomit…

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Learning What’s It Like To Be a Student: Ellen Glanz, 1978-1979 (Part 1)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Typical of that group of experienced teachers who work in suburban affluent, white districts, Ellen Glanz spent a year as a student in the high school in which she…

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The Latest from Dallas

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
As I was writing the post above about the Dallas election, I became so incensed that I sent contributions to the candidates who support public education. A few hours later, I found this…

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Opting Out Interfering with the “Civil Right” of Testing?

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
As I write this post, I have in front of me my permanent education record from kindergarten through eighth grade. It is by way of an unusual set of circumstances that I…

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