Daily Archives: May 30, 2018

FairTest: Testing News of the Week

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The growing impact of the assessment reform movement is clear in this week’s clips, many of which reflect a critical perspective on test overuse and misuse. This fall’s elections will play a major…

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Oklahoma: What It is Like to Teach in an Underfunded School

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Melissa Smith is a teacher at US Grant High School in Oklahoma City and a member of the AFT. She writes here about the effect of dramatic budget cuts on her school. Unless…

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Fine Article Takes You Inside the Oklahoma Teachers’ Walkout and Inside Red-State, Anti-Tax Politics

Originally posted on janresseger:
Watching teachers walk out this spring has startled America in these discouraging times, but nowhere was it as moving as in Oklahoma. The teachers walked out, and, grateful that teachers had figured out a way to…

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New Federal Study: DC Voucher Students Lose Ground in Math

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A new federal evaluation of the DC voucher program finds that students who used vouchers lost ground in math. https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2018/05/29/dcs-private-school-voucher-program-hurt-low-income-students-math-test-scores-according-to-federal-study/ Watch as school choice advocates change the goal posts. Test scores don’t matter.…

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Texas: The Best Social-Emotional Learning, at No Cost

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Early news reports indicate that the Trump-DeVos Commission on School Safety is leaning towards “social-emotional” learning as the best antidote to gun violence, combined with a heavy emphasis on religious training in religious…

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Ohio: Kasich Blocks Effort to Kill or Revise Stupid A-F School Grades

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Some sensible Ohio legislators recognize that the A-F letter grades for schools (invented by Jeb Bush to accelerate privatization) measures nothing more than the wealth or poverty of the district. They would like…

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Ohio: Andrew Brenner, Listen to the People

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Andrew Brenner is chairman of the House Education Committee in Ohio. He has a knack for making provocative and unfair statements. A few years ago, he said that public schools were “socialism.” He…

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Russian-Produced School Shooter Video Game Removed from Online Store

Originally posted on deutsch29:
There’s so much in the title of this post that is shocking. Russian-based company, Revived Games, developed a school-shooter video game called “Active Shooter,” which, according to Inverse.com, “lets players take on the role of a…

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North Carolina: General Assembly Passes Budget to Hurt Public Schools and Enrich Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Remember that thousands of teachers from across North Carolina took a personal day to assemble at the State Capitol on May 16 to protest the underfunding of public education? Maybe you forgot, but…

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