Daily Archives: June 29, 2015

Florida: Legislature Is Wasting Millions to Hire Inexperienced Teachers Who Will Not Stay

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader posted these comments in response to Florida legislature’s passage of a law to offer a $10,000 bonus to new teachers with high SAT/ACT scores. The bonus is supposed to attract “the…

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Harvard Political Review: The Case Against Annual Standardized Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Quinn Mulholland of the Harvard Political Review examined the issues surrounding annual mandated testing, interviewed leading figures on both sides, and concluded that the exams are overkill. They cost too much, they narrow…

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EduShyster Interviews Andre Perry about His New-Found Skepticism re Reform

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In this post, EduShyster interviews Andre Perry. In 2013, he became Founding Dean of Urban Education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Before that, he was a leader in the charter school…

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Peter Greene: Stop Saying That Music Raises Test Scores

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
It is a universal truth, well known, that when budget cuts are imposed by the state, teachers of the arts are the first to go. I recently met with a leader of the…

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VAMboozled: VAM is Biased Against Certain Grades and ELA

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Audrey Amrein-Beardsley is one of the nation’s leading experts on value-added assessment. She is also one of its most prominent critics. In her blog VAMboozled, she follows the ongoing damage done by VAM…

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Mike Klonsky: The Common Sense Bus Doesn’t Stop on School Reform Boulevard

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mike Klonsky writes a post with one of the best titled ever. He tries to figure out why reformers don’t care about class size. They say there’s no evidence for smaller classes. Well,…

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June 28, 2105 – NATIONAL PAUL BUNYON DAY – NATIONAL INSURANCE AWARENESS DAY

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Would You Prefer to Have Your Essay Graded by a Human or a Computer?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Les Perelman, former director of undergraduate writing at MIT has been a persistent critic of machine-scored writing on tests. He has previously demonstrated that students can outwit the machines and can game the…

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The Federal Government’s Predatory Student Loan Program

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Politico reports on the federal government’s very costly student loan program. Is it predatory lending? How does it increase access to make the cost so high? How can the Obama talk about expanding…

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Algebra Teacher Apolgizes for Terrible Common Core Test

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider posted a letter written by a Néw York algebra teacher to parents of his students. He begins: “Dear Algebra Parents, “The results from this year’s Common Core Algebra exam are now…

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