I was invited by Senator Mark Leno to testify at the California Senate Education committee yesterday. I was quite surprised that the California Charter School Association (CCSA) bused in a hundred ...
Common Core & Chaos in Computerized Testing: Are New Assessments Valid, Reliable, Secure, Accessible, and Fair?
Guest post by Roxana Marachi, Ph.D. A recent description of results from a Public Policy Institute report reveals that the majority of California’s Public School parents are uninformed about the new tests their children took this year. And despite numerous concerns regarding technological barriers, biases, and testing problems, it appears that in a matter of […]
Not long ago Fox News contributor and columnist Michelle Malkin issued a stinging critique of Teach For America in the New York Post entitled The militant takeover of the ‘Teach for America’ corps. I was surprised that the right was turning on Teach For America. They have been huge supporters of their temporary teacher model over the […]
How about a little education humor? A few months ago Scott McLeod posted a caption contest on Dangerously Irrelevant. Here are my entries. Feel free to include your own entries for Captions 1-12 in the comments. Caption 1: Taking the test to test for the test. See Walking Away From High Stakes Tests, A Noble Lie Caption 2: […]
What do you think politicians are telling Latinos about education these days? I recently had the opportunity to hear the thinking of Sec. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sec. Julian Castro, Dr. Ben Carson and others LIVE at the 2015 NALEO conference in Las Vegas. I attended to discuss educational policy and share research with […]
Is tenure still an important tradition in the 21st century? This is a debate that comes up often in my discussions with policymakers and others. It’s also an issue that is currently flaring up in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin (See What’s Gone Wrong in Wisconsin?) There is an increasing cacophony that our ancestors’ of conception of educator tenure is obsoIete. I […]
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Special Education students are one of our most exceptional student populations. Should Teach For America teachers who have had 18 hours in a classroom teach Special Education? Natomas Unified School District right here in Sacramento California will be debating this issue tomorrow (Agenda for the Board Meeting on June 10, 2015. TFA Agenda Item is XII. […]
This guest blog is by Dave Vanness, an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison Bad news always seems to drop on Fridays. Friday May 29, 2015 was a particularly bad news day for Wisconsin and for all of us who believe in academic freedom. On that day, Joint Finance Committee of the State […]
I spent many years instructing new Teach For America (TFA) recruits. I was responsible for accessing TFA’s classroom practice and reviewing real-time student math test scores. Lack of Preparation What’s generally taken as fact is that Teach For America’s novices graduate in the top 10% of their highly selective institutions. But, not all corps members hail […]
Will the Council of Chief State School Officers ignore educational equity, inequality, race, class, gender, ability, language, special status, marginalization, and social justice? I recently received several letters from leaders in the field that are suggesting that this may be the case. The following letter came via email from Professor John Roberts at Penn State: Dear […]
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On its website, the Gates Foundation makes it clear that it often initiates contact with organizations to apply for specific grants and that it does not fund what it does not consider a Gates Foundation “priority.” The assertiveness of the Gates Foundation in funding its approved version of education reform takes on head-tilting meaning…
Parent Trigger is a one-way street to non-democratic, private control of our public schools. During the last round of Parent Trigger law attempts, I wrote about it in the posts Parent trigger laws: Wolves in sheep’s clothing and astroturfing and The Teat: Where does parent trigger movement get their $? I flew to Texas Tuesday to testify at the Texas House of […]
Visit Cloaking Inequity during the next few days to find out the story behind this video. Hints: 1) After hours 2) Social Studies classroom 3) #ISupportMarilyn Special thanks to Defies Measurement director Shannon Puckett for the graphic effect to hide the identity of the person seen in the video. Please Facebook Like, Tweet, etc below and/or reblog […]
If TFA was actually willing to reform their reform and agree to the Santa Ana principles — most of the criticism of TFA would melt away. If they won’t agree to the Santa Ana principles, we should press them on who truly is the priority?
Steve Rasmussen recently published a report documenting serious user interface barriers and design flaws with the newest round of SmarterBalanced math assessments. He writes, “This spring, tests developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will be administered to well over 10 million students in 17 states to determine their proficiency on the Common Core State […]
Are the Santa Ana winds going to blow in Teach For America tomorrow? Teach For America wants to gust into Santa Ana at a SAUSD Board meeting on 5.12.15. They want to teach special education, one of our most vulnerable exceptional populations. I received this letter from a concerned teacher and special education parent from Santa […]