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Accountability & Test Scores – The Black Hole of Ed Reform

Recently, in Atlanta, 11 teachers were found guilty of racketeering for manipulating student test scores. At about the same time, in New York, Governor Cuomo passed a law that would set in place teacher assessment measures strongly tied to student test … Continue reading

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Why Opting Out from PARCC is Important

This week a number of mainstream media outlets (such as PBS News Hour) reported on students across the United States who are Opting Out of PARCC exam testing. They are supported by their parents, refusing to take these tests aligned with the Common Core standards. Many administrators … Continue reading

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Challenging the Cold War Pedagogy of Common Core

Back in September of 2012, Thomas Armstrong wrote an article about the origins of the Common Core instructional approach and new standards. Turns out that the close reading strategy advocated by the Core’s primary developer David Coleman has its origins in something called … Continue reading

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Why VAMs are Unreliable Measures for Evaluating Teachers

“Teachers who are in schools where there is a strong academic climate, where the peer culture is supporting academics, where the parents are supporting academics, where the teachers work together and learn from each other have a vastly easier time of it, than teachers who’s circumstances … Continue reading

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Standardizing Education – Common Core’s Hidden Agenda

Anthony Cody’s article from last year Classrooms of the Future: Student Centered or Device Centered offers a very important analysis, looking at the hidden agenda of Common Core and the technology industry. Anthony believes that the goal of “aligning” tests and curriculum with Common … Continue reading

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Facilitating Powerful Learning Experiences

What are the most important factors for parents and teachers to be aware of that influence a child’s education and learning? Why do certain educational methods and designs lead to powerful learning while other approaches tend to result in student boredom, stress or failure? … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

“The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential, explore their creative interests. Those things you’re not testing.. it’s a rank that’s mostly meaningless. And the … Continue reading

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The View from Japan: Common Core is a Disaster in the Making

 “What many supporters of Common Core ignore is that the “rigorous” high-stakes testing approach that they wish to impose on our children has been experimented with in many other nations, and has been a complete failure. Once in place it dominates all … Continue reading

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The Circle of Courage – Native American Model of Education

“Anthropologists have long known that Native Americans reared courageous, respectful children without using harsh coercive controls. Nevertheless, Europeans colonizing North America tried to “civilize” indigenous children in punitive boarding schools, unaware that Natives possessed a sophisticated philosophy that treated children with deep … Continue reading

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Dr. James P. Comer, Pioneer of Successful School Reform

“You know the purpose of the school is not just to raise test scores, or to give children academic learning. The purpose of the school is to give children an experience that will help them grow and develop in ways … Continue reading

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