Daily Archives: May 18, 2016

Peter Greene: Erie, PA, Considers Closing All Its High Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene reports on the latest terrible news from Pennsylvania. Because of the highly inequitable funding formula for the state, because of the legislature’s inability to pass a budget for almost a year,…

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The Latest News from the Privatization Sector

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Politico reports on the latest news from school choice advocates: ? ? ? STUDIES OF SCHOOL CHOICE: Two advocacy groups are out with papers today expounding on the benefits of school choice. The…

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Andy Hargreaves: Why England’s Schools are in Trouble

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Andy Hargreaves, Professor at Boston College and recipient of many honors, including the Grawemeyer Award, writes here about the problems of English schools, which he attributes to its reckless pursuit of free-market policies,…

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Militant Union Leader Re-Elected in Massachusetts

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Barbara Madeloni, the firebrand insurgent who won the presidency of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, was re-elected last week on a platform of fighting high-stakes testing and charters.   Madeloni first rose to prominence…

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URGENT: A Whole New Meaning to Flexibility and High Standards

Originally posted on Kaplan for Kids:
This email exchange came to my attention yesterday.  The Board of Education is voting on this tomorrow, May 19.  Few people in Denver know the real scope of these changes.  Spread the word.  Transparency?…

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Mercedes Schneider: EdWeek Dredges Up 7-Month-Old Study of PARCC to Prove Its “Validity”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider noticed that Education Week published an article about a study that was released in October 2015. The study claimed that the PARCC test predicted success in college. Our new not-best friend…

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Julian Vasquez Heilig Assigns a Lesson on Testing and Censorship

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The executives at PARCC continue to delete Tweets (and possibly my post about the deletions, which disappeared in the middle of the night of Friday the 13, between 10:46 pm, when it was…

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Education Expert Campbell Brown Offers Advice to the Next President

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The rheeform leadership has changed. Michelle Rhee was once the cover girl for test-and-punish reform, and now it is Campbell Brown. The telegenic Brown used to read the news on television but now…

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Why Ditching Textbooks Would Be To the Detriment of Learning (Tim Oates)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Tim Oates CBE (A royal award called Commander of the British Empire for service to education) is group director of assessment research and development at Cambridge Assessment. On 28…

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The First Rule of Test Club is We Don’t Talk About Test Club

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
How can you criticize standardized testing if you aren’t allowed to talk about the tests? To show why these assessments are bad, you have to be able to mention specific questions on the exams. But if…

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