Colorado Coalition Says PARCC Testing Is Not Teaching

PARCC is a new, unproven, unfunded, state and federally mandated test to be taken on computers, MULTIPLE TIMES per year. Since the inception of NCLB, we have been adding to the pile of standardized tests that our students must hurdle.


John Thompson: Gallup Poll Finds Majority of Teachers "Not Engaged"

The study found that 56% of teachers polled are "not engaged." They may be satisfied with their jobs, but they are not emotionally connected to their schools. Another 13% are "actively disengaged.


Paul Horton: The War on Books II: Certified School Librarians Are the New Disappeared

Nothing could be clearer, given the mountains of evidence cited here and that can be accessed very easily, that a strong school library program staffed with certified librarians has a very positive effective on learning within underserved communities.


Teachers: A Call to Battle for Reluctant Warriors

Teachers are beginning to react. We have known all along that test-based accountability would yield data by the truckload, but data is blind without wisdom.


John Thompson Reviews John Kuhn's 'Fear and Learning'

It was a Texan, Diane Ravitch, who rallied teachers when it seemed like public schooling was condemned to its Alamo. Now, it may be a Texan, John Kuhn, who points the way out of the educational civil war launched by data-driven reform.


The Classroom of the Future: Student-Centered or Device-Centered?

A basic question is emerging as our schools are urged to embrace the Common Core and the computer-based learning systems aligned to the standards. Are these digital devices becoming central to the classroom -- and coming to dominate the way we teach and learn?


Sam Chaltain: Q & A on School, Community and Choice

I wanted to tell a deeply personal story about teachers, students, and our ongoing efforts to craft more equitable communities in order to clarify the state of public schooling as it is -- and begin hinting at what it ought to be.


TestingTalk.org Launches National Discussion About Common Core Tests

TestingTalk.org was opened for public comments on March 30, and is actively soliciting input from parents, teachers and students regarding their experiences with the new tests.


John Thompson: Legal Woes Growing for VAM-Based Teacher Evaluations

Since teachers must basically prove that value-added terminations are based on an irrational use of the model, it is no surprise that the first suits include cases where teachers are held accountable for the test score growth of students who they did not have in class.


Why Do Corporate Reformers Hate Democracy?

Reed Hastings was right about one thing. If you go to the American public and actually tell them you want to eliminate elected school boards, or completely disempower them, no one's going to go for that. So instead, these billionaires conspire.


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