The Common Core has been presented as a paradigmatic shift beyond the test-and-punish policies of NCLB. However, we are seeing the mechanisms for testing, ranking, rewarding and punishing simply refined, and made even more consequential for students, teachers and schools.
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November 16, 2013
November 13, 2013
Even though the A-F bipartisan panel has done an excellent job of wrestling with the difficult question of how to measure student growth against fixed standards, there are still fatal flaws in this system which determines winners and losers among schools, teachers, and students.
November 06, 2013
As the review unfolded, it became apparent that we were not working with a holistic, integrated application of standards. To Rene and me, it began to look instead like a checklist forming a platform for standardized testing.
October 12, 2013
Speaking truth to power, as these parents did, is an intoxicating thing. It delivers to both speaker and witnesses a shiver, an awakening to the fact that we do not need to suffer in silence, or allow our children to suffer without objection.
September 23, 2013
The people who designed Common Core expected tremendous drops in proficiency rates, and that's exactly what we're seeing.
September 19, 2013
Secretary Duncan, you have a successful career. Would you be willing to take the Common Core Tests as they become available and share your score?
September 15, 2013
Diane Ravitch has emerged as an iconic figure on America's political landscape. What Daniel Ellsberg was to the Vietnam War, Ravitch has become to the battle raging over public education
September 14, 2013
When Bill Gates or Arne Duncan tour a high-performing school that supposedly serves the "same" kids as failing neighborhood schools and proclaim, "Amazing!," do they really believe it?
September 10, 2013
it turned out that his own rules, which he wouldn't have even considered modifying for other schools, could be rearranged at the last minute in the special case of a donor's charter school
September 08, 2013
Sadly, America's teachers and parents and students had little input developing a common core of national standards, but they will be held accountable for the results of this latest federal education initiative.