Monthly Archives: June 2015

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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Florida Enacts $10,000 Bonus for Néw Teachers with High SAT Scores

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Florida passed a proposal to award $10,000 bonuses for teachers who are “the best and the brightest.” The cost: $44 million. The awards would go either to teachers rated “highly effective” in raising…

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Laura Chapman on The Big Lie about “Global Competition”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Laura Chapman, a frequent contributor to the blog, comments here in response to an article in the Boston Globe about whether the Common Core was “killing” kindergarten: THE BIG LIE: “The United States…

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