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Absences are down 15 percentage points (in red) among teachers in Albuquerque Public Schools under a new evaluation system that counts attendance (10 percent). Via Annenberg Institute.
Curious about just how much testing is going on in schools, and frustrated with the anecdotal reports and hyperbolic accounts? So was the Senate HELP Commmittee, way back in 2011-2012. That's right. There was language in the bipartisan...Show More Summary
"This is the story of how two AFT affiliates fought back against privatization, severe education cuts and over-testing to promote an education agenda that treats teachers as professionals and serves all children."
New York Officials Stall Plans to Tweak Teacher Evaluations NYT: After criticism from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the State Board of Regents set aside a proposal to let teachers contest poor assessments by citing difficulties related to the new Common Core standards. Show More Summary
What's hot and what's not in the Common Core, via GreatSchools.
Online courses can be excellent and often more suitable than classroom for Knowledge level... Without huge investment, online courses are usually unsuitable for Comprehension, Analysis, and Evaluation. - NASA engineer Robert Frost (Will online courses ever be more powerful and effective than a classroom course? via Quora)
I know it’s weird, but I still have a strange curiosity about what education policy-makers think they’re doing. Eduwonk’s Whiteboard Advisors Education Insiders Survey provides some clues, albeit complicated ones. The latest survey of...Show More Summary
Much has been made of the fact that states were "forced" to adopt Common Core for financial and other reasons, but if that was the case then why would 17 of them have adopted Common Core but not the Medicaid expansion offered under the Affordable Care Act? EdWeek's Andrew Ujifusa delves into the apparent paradox.
The AFT's social media team was thwarted yesterday in their efforts to get BuzzFeed to post a list of arguments against ALEC's education-related agenda -- though having the item taken down may generate more attention that the list would otherwise have attracted. Show More Summary
Cuomo Says Education Board’s Plan Dilutes Teacher Reviews NYT: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo attacked state education officials over a proposal that would give teachers more leeway to protest poor evaluations. See also TeacherBeat, ChalkbeatNY. Show More Summary
Moderate liberals and conservatives want to expand and empower the public schools that admit everybody by random lottery. The lefties want to preserve geographic-based restrictions. - New York magazine article (Public Education’s Weird Ideological Divide)
Last week's TeachPlus report on the amount of time students spend testing in different districts is a useful contribution to the discussion of the role of testing in schools. Among other things, the study underscores how much of the burden of testing is self-imposed at the local level rather than directly mandated from the top. Show More Summary
From Al Jazeera America: "The severity of states’ laws varies greatly, as do the punishments for families that are caught." States listed are OK, MO, IL, MI, OH, NY, PA, DC.
My new column for Scholastic Administrator proposes that the Obama administration undertake an audit and establish some testing guidelines for states and district to work with -- not a mandate, just some parameters. Why bother? Earlier...Show More Summary
Schools run short on snow days, adjust schedules AP: Students will make up at least three days in Philadelphia and New Haven, Conn., and two in Washington, D.C. Delaware schools have missed a week’s worth of class, and more than half of Maryland’s school districts reached or exceeded their allotted snow days. Show More Summary
"Kids Today Have It Hard" The Advancement Project via Upworthy (ugh).
The nation's largest teachers union comes in 4th on this CPI listing of top Super PAC donors, with $5.6 million in contributions, right after the DGA, Mike Bloomberg, and Tom Steyer: Think about this next time you hear or read someone...Show More Summary
After watching AFT President Randi Weingarten wow an audience of religious and labor leaders in Oklahoma City, I’m convinced that the union has reached the proper balance between resistance and collaboration. She presented The Principles that Unite Us, a plan for communities and labor to unite for educational and social justice. Show More Summary
Here's EdWeek's map for 2014 showing 7 states where there are state superintndent races as well as the usual gubernatorial and legislative races. California is an obvious hotspot, with its elected state superintendent position. EdWeek highlights other states like Texas, Wisconsin, and others with key education issues and leadership positions being considered.
The AFT and the Clinton folks have been strenghtening their relationship lately, but that doesn't mean that the union isn't keeping its Campaign 2016 options open. Here's liberal darling US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), NYU education professor Diane Ravitch, and AFT head Randi Weingarten. Via AFT.