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April 09, 2012

Deepening the Debate over Teach For America: Responses to Heather Harding

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody A week ago I posted an interview with Teach For America's head of research, Heather Harding. Ms. Harding answered some tough questions that have been raised in recent months here on this blog. Today, I am sharing some responses to her answers. By way of contex...

April 08, 2012

Peddling Panic: Biased Survey Promotes National Science Standards

Guest post by Jack Hassard. Achieve, Inc. stands to make a lot of money for its work creating new science standards. It might not surprise us, therefore, that a survey they commissioned favors the adoption of these standards. But we need to look at these results with skepticism. Does US competitive...

April 06, 2012

Stephen Krashen: Testing and Teaching to the Test: It's going to get Worse

Guest post by Stephen Krashen Phillip K. Howard tells us that "To fix America's bureaucracy, we need to destroy it." The part most in need of destruction is not yet fully grown: The new national standards and their spawn, the new national tests. Howard points out that NCLB (No Child Left Behind) a...

April 03, 2012

Stephen Krashen Pulls the Rug Out From Under the Standards Movement

Some Comments on Paul Farhi's "Flunking the Test" Guest post by Stephen Krashen. In "Flunking the Test," Paul Farhi concludes that the media has seriously under-reported the successes of American education and have taken the pronouncements of self-proclaimed "reformers" at face-value. Farhi backs...

March 30, 2012

Ellen Holmes: NEA's Priority Schools Focus on Teacher Expertise, Parent and Community Involvement

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody This week I have been looking at the issue of Turnarounds and the Department of Education's School Improvement Grants, drawing from a conference I attended sponsored by the Education Writers Association. One of the speakers there was a former teacher named Ellen ...

March 29, 2012

Flipping the Script on Turnarounds: Why not Retain Teachers instead of Reject Them?

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody At the Education Writers Association conference on School Improvement last Saturday, I was a bit of a contrarian. Many speakers suggested we need to "break the culture" at failing schools. A number suggested that the reason federal policies were not working was ...

March 27, 2012

Spinning the Numbers on Turnarounds: School Improvement Grant Controversy Brews

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody It has been said that "numbers tell the tale." But at the Education Writers Association forum on School Improvement Grants in Chicago Saturday, I saw the same numbers being used to tell some very different stories -- raising serious questions about efforts to i...

March 26, 2012

John Kuhn Roars Back: Texans Rebel Against Testing

Texas has become a hotspot of rebellion against standardized testing. Earlier this year, state education commissioner Robert Scott compared test publishers to the military industrial complex. More than 100 school districts have passed a resolution saying standardized testing is "strangling" their sc...

March 22, 2012

Teachers and Parents Prepare to Occupy the Department of Education

Last summer many of us marched to protest the US Department of Education's policies at the Save Our Schools march in Washington, DC. While there, I met two activists, Pennsylvania parent Tim Slekar and Florida teacher Ceresta Smith. They are now working to organize an "occupation" of the Department ...

March 21, 2012

Gates/Scholastic Teacher Survey Challenges Assumptions About Test-Based Reform

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody The big headline from the recent Gates/Scholastic survey of teachers is that only 28% of teachers see standardized tests as an essential or important gauge of student assessment, and only 26% say they are accurate as a reflection of student knowledge. Another qu...

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