Tag Archives: George W. Bush

Does High-Stakes Testing & Accountability= Social Justice & Civil Rights?

Last week I had the opportunity to give the Social Justice Keynote for The California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) at the University of San Diego for their Sixth Annual Research to Practice Academic Conclave on May 8, 2015. CALSA is: A community of diverse educational leaders skilled in addressing the needs of Latino/a students and dedicated to increasing the

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A Message to Democrats (and Republicans too) about Education Reform

Because I am California bound, I had to cancel an engagement to speak with the Sun City Democrats about education reform. To make up for it, I taped a message to them and answered their questions. I pasted the YouTube response below. Here are the questions: We read, in the Austin Statesman, that one of the major problems for the Texas

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“Tiger Blood, Man”: A. Ross Thomas Highly Commended Paper

How can you make a post about an academic paper winning an award interesting? Start with Charlie Sheen quotes of course! I’m different. I have a different constitution, I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man. I’m not bi-polar, I’m bi-winning. I win here and I win there. The only thing I’m addicted

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Soiled Legacy: The Birth of No Child Left Behind in Texas

There have been several articles describing the “Don’t Mess with Texas Revolt” against its own approach to high-stakes testing and accountability that was legislated in No Child Left Behind. Many Texans, regardless of their political stripes, are fed up with the current approach to high-stakes testing and accountability birthed here in the Lone Star State. There is this recent article in

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Race and NCLB Waivers: Moving Around the Chairs?

In the recent vote for 2012 Educational Policy Turkey of the Year Award, the Florida SBOE race-based test score goals came in a close second to TFA for the prize. In fact, two of my Linkedin connections made the following comments in response the posting:  I vote for ALL ESEA waivers that systematize the achievement gap in many, many states outside of Texas.

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