Daily Archives: February 23, 2016

BREAKING: Corporate Reformers Defeat Effort to Scale Back VAM in Colorado

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Democratic-controlled House Education Committe in Colorado rejected a bill that would have modified the state’s draconian and pointless teacher evaluation system. Key testimony against the bill was provided by leaders of the…

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Gene Glass: Is THIS the Best High School in the Nation? No Way

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Gene V. Glass, one of the nation’s most eminent researchers, has a passion for honesty. And it outrages him that two BASIS charter schools are listed among the “top ten high schools” in…

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Steven Singer: John King Says Stop Blaming Teachers, But Can You Believe Him?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Steven Singer was startled to read John King’s statement that teachers have been unfairly blamed for social ills and whatever students do. He notes that John King often blamed teachers himself when he…

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Wendy Lecker: Why “Personalized Learning” Is Neither

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Superintendents in Connecticut (CAPSS) have endorsed the idea of putting children in front of machines and calling it “personalized learning.” As Wendy Lecker shows in this post, this machine work is neither “personalized”…

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Baltimore County Buys the Great Technology Hoax, for Almost $300 Million

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I wish that all those who appreciate the wonders of technology would frankly admit its limitations. I wish they would speak out when hucksters and naifs claim that technology will close the achievement…

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Chris Tienkin: Why the International Test Scores Are Meaningless

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Chris Tienkin, a professor at Seton Hall University, analyzed the data from the PISA international tests and concludes that they say more about American society than about American schools. ? “Reform” policy makers…

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In 2014, Louisiana Gave Away $1.7 Billion in Corporate Tax Exemptions

Originally posted on deutsch29:
Louisiana is facing a budget crisis. The state needs $940 million to fix the budget deficit by June 30, 2016, and another $2 billion next year. The Louisiana legislature is in special session this month to confront…

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In 2014, Louisiana Gave Away $1.7 Billion in Corporate Tax Exemptions

Originally posted on deutsch29:
Louisiana is facing a budget crisis. The state needs $940 million to fix the budget deficit by June 30, 2016, and another $2 billion next year. The Louisiana legislature is in special session this month to confront…

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Wendy Lecker: The SAT Should Not Be Used for State Accountability

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Wendy Lecker is a civil rights attorney who writes frequently for the Stamford (CT.) Advocate. ? In this article, she explains why it is a terrible idea for Connecticut (and other states) to…

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FairTest: The “New” SAT Is No Better than the “Old” SAT

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
for further information: Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773 cell (239) 699-0468 for immediate release, Monday, February 22, 2016 SAT “FACELIFT” FAILS TO ADDRESS EXAM’S BASIC FLAWS — WEAK PREDICTION, BIASES, AND SENSITIVITY TO COACHING;…

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