Daily Archives: May 9, 2016

San Antonio Express-News Calls for Halt to Use of Botched Tests for High Stakes

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The San Antonio Express-News published a blistering editorial calling for a halt to state testing until all the errors and computer glitches were resolved. This may mean forever, given the track record of…

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Jonathan Lovell: Martin Luther to Walt Disney to Arne Duncan

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jonathan Lovell is a professor at San Jose State University in San Jose, California, where he supervises students who plan to teach high school English. In this post, he explains the evolution of…

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Florida: Why Was a Highly Effective Music Teacher Non-Renewed?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
We know that test scores are more important than anything else in education these days, certainly more important than music or the arts. Right? In Florida, an orchestra director named Kevin Strang gave…

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Drop Charter Reform Strategy: Chicago’s Public School Students Outlearn Students from Charters

Power concedes …. Preface In 2014 I worked with an anonymous team of data specialists from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to analyze test score data from public and charter schools.  I shared our findings with the Chicago Sun-Times whose own data … Continue reading

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Parent: I Sent My Son to New Jersey’s “Best” Charter School, and I Regret It

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Sarah Blaine invited a parent to tell her story on Blaine’s blog called “Parenting the Core.” ? This is the story of Maatie Alcindor. When she moved from Cambridge to New Jersey to…

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Denis Ian: The Revolt Against the “Know-It-All Class”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Denis Ian, a reader of the blog, has contributed several excellent comments which I have turned into post. Here is another that strikes a chord for its insight and thoughtfulness. American society has…

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San Diego: Yes, the Superintendent DID Scale Back Testing!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A few days ago, I posted that Cindy Marten, the superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, was cutting back on the time spent testing kids. ? This was good news. But…

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Snopes: Target’s Stock Did Not Plummet Because of Inclusive Bathrooms

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I don’t normally stray far from education issues, but a reader on the blog posted a comment with a link saying that Target stock had gone into free-fall because it was making inclusive…

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Robert Pondiscio: “Testing Alone Won’t Make Good Readers”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Robert Pondiscio is a senior fellow and vice-president of the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He previously worked for E.D. Hirsch’s Core Knowledge Foundation and shares Hirsch’s (and my) belief that children need…

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When School Board Members Bully Students

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Let’s start from the assumption that school board members should be expected to act with dignity when they engage with students. That was not the case recently in Douglas County, Colorado, and in…

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