Monthly Archives: June 2013

Actual Educators on Reforming US Assessment Paradigm

The politicians and talking heads argue that they have it figured out— assessment=high-stakes testing for student, teachers, schools, districts, states, nations, the world, the universe. I have discussed high-stakes testing extensively on Cloaking Inequity and an alternative approach to assessing our schools. I have also discussed “assessment” of teacher performance quite frequently (i.e. Can we get teacher evaluation right?: Bill Gates,

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ELs: Transformational power of policy, access, and equality

The New York Times wrote yesterday in Beyond Black and White, New Force Reshapes South The states with the highest growth in the Latino population over the last decade are in the South, which is also absorbing an influx of people of all races moving in from other parts of the country. This figure from the Urban Institute exhibits the rapid

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Only an ostrich…

Only an ostrich could regard the supposedly neutral alternative as race unconscious. Dissenting Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Fisher v. Texas ruling Please Facebook Like, Tweet, etc below and/or reblog to share this discussion with others. Want to know about Cloaking Inequity’s freshly pressed conversations about educational policy? Click the “Follow blog by email” button in the upper left hand

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Academia Esoteric and Inaccessible?: Not this month

Oft heard critiques of academia is that our work is esoteric and/or inaccessible. Over the past few days I have released two new peer-reviewed studies here at Cloaking Inequity that have implications for school reform: School Turnaround: Calling the Bluff of Accountability? and Expansive School Segregation in Texas: Predicts Accountability Rating. The journal at the top of the field of educational policy is

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School Turnaround: Calling the Bluff of Accountability?

After successive years of failing to meet high-stakes testing and accountability mandates required by NCLB (2002), schools across the nation have undergone numerous restructuring practices in an effort to “turnaround” their failure. When schools fail to demonstrate AYP and receive successive years of unacceptable accountability ratings, NCLB stipulates additional sanctions be applied to the school (Berry & Herrington, 2011; Kowel

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Sec. Paige vs. Sen. Wellstone: Testing, Accountability, and Prophetic Pronouncements

Happy Fathers Day!! Now that the discussion of whether NCLB would actually close “achievement gaps” by 2014 is nearly in our rear view mirror (it is not going to happen, not even close— it is going to take 80 more years based on recent NAEP research, NCLB actually slowed our progress) let’s take a look at the discourse by proponents

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