Monthly Archives: October 2015

NSBA: Research Shows That School Choice Does Not Improve Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
School Choice-What the Research Says, a New Resource from the Center for Public Education Alexandria, Va. (October 28, 2015) – In its at-a-glance overview, the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA), Center for Public…

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Spring Valley High School Assault: When “Moderation” is Violence

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
On Monday afternoon, video footage showing a School Resource Officer (SRO) in Columbia, South Carolina’s Spring Valley High School flipping over a seated female student and hurling her across the room began to…

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David Hursh: Obama’s “Testing Action Plan” Changes Nothing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This post was written by David Hursh, Professor at the University of Rochester. It ably summarizes the critiques of President Obama’s proposal to reform testing and reduce the burden on students and teachers.…

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Rebecca Mead in The New Yorker: Did Obama Believe What He Said about Testing?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Rebecca Mead of The New Yorker here assesses President Obama’s seeming change of heart about standardized testing. She welcomes the fact that he recognizes the administration’s role in promoting the current obsession with…

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Richard Lakin, In Memoriam, R.I.P.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Not long after I started blogging, I received a paperback book in the mail from an author. It was titled “Teaching As an Act of Love.” I read it and remember thinking what…

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Tennessee: When Does Stagnation Look Like Success?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Reader J.C. Grim forwarded this commentary from Tennessee’s SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education). It is very important for SCORE to claim that great progress is being made. At the 2013 release of…

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Anthony Chase Mallia: Our Schools Are Not Failing Our Children, Our Politicians Are

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
From a reader: Journalists do not really seem to understand the gravity of what is happening to education in the United States. There is a reason that highly educated parents are opting their…

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Why Do American Students Take So Many Standardized Tests?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Valerie Strauss here links to a two-year study conducted by the Council for Great City Schools, which documented that American students are drowning in standardized tests. In some schools, testing is the most…

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Where Did Duncan Get the Idea That Testing Should Be Limited to 2% of Class Time?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Valerie Strauss solved an interesting question. Why did Secretary Duncan recommend that states limit testing time to not more than 2% of class time? He got the idea from John King, who is…

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Kentucky: Stand Up for Your Public Schools, Don’t Allow Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Not long ago, I was in Kentucky to speak to local school boards and superintendents. The walls outside the Grand Ballroom were festooned with pictures, quilts, and murals made by students from different…

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