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tlhannah

Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Book Website - 45 views

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      Ten Text Characteristics for Guiding Reading
Dan Bench

Ready to Flip: Three Ways to Hold Students Accountable for Pre-Class Work - Faculty Focus - 83 views

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    One of the most frequent questions faculty ask about the flipped classroom model is: "How do you encourage students to actually do the pre-class work and come to class prepared?" This is not really a new question for educators. We've always assigned some type of homework, and there have always been students who do not come to class ready to learn.
Lauren Rosen

Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection | User Generated Education - 65 views

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    Jackie Gerstein's growth mindset infographic with reflective questions for students.
Sydney Lacey

Times-Union Reporters On The Publication Of Individual State Teacher Scores | WJCT NEWS - 21 views

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    Jacksonville newspaper The Florida Times-Union wins the battle with FLDOE over the release of state's teacher evaluation scores which use the value-added model (VAM) to determine teacher effectiveness. Link to an approx. 12 minute radio broadcast of a public radio show - First Coast Connect - on WJCT Stereo 90.
Beverly Ozburn

Crash Test | Texas Monthly - 24 views

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      This same accountability "fear factor" has been applied nationwide, too.
  • STAAR replaced the four tests previously required for graduation with fifteen—more than any other state. Lawmakers also mandated that the new tests, known as end-of-course exams, would count for 15 percent of a student’s grade in each subject area
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      Sounds like the middle school testing requirements here in TN.
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  • “cult of educational testing” and argued that the accountability system was doing more harm than good
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      What wonderful wording!
  • Longtime observers of education policy are openly speculating that we are seeing the beginning of the end of the accountability movement, right here in the state where it was born.
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      Isn't that amazing?!  How long will this concept take to catch on and make it nationwide?
  • Of course, the stakes are high not just for kids but for adults too. Teachers whose students fail to improve—or don’t improve sufficiently—can find themselves out of a job. Students at poor-performing schools can transfer to better schools in their district—and take their state funding with them.
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      This is happening locally - I have witnessed such!
  • Shortly before he resigned as education commissioner, Robert Scott warned that assessment and accountability had grown into something akin to a “military-industrial complex,” a kind of public policy juggernaut with its own internal momentum.
Steve Ransom

Principal: 'I was naïve about Common Core' - 4 views

  • The promise of the Common Core is dying and teaching and learning are being distorted.  The well that should sustain the Core has been poisoned.
  • Whether or not learning the word ‘commission’ is appropriate for second graders could be debated—I personally think it is a bit over the top.  What is of deeper concern, however, is that during a time when 7 year olds should be listening to and making music, they are instead taking a vocabulary quiz.
  • Real learning occurs in the mind of the learner when she makes connections with prior learning, makes meaning, and retains that knowledge in order to create additional meaning from new information.  In short, with tests we see traces of learning, not learning itself.
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  • Teachers are engaged in practices like these because they are pressured and afraid, not because they think the assessments are educationally sound. Their principals are pressured and nervous about their own scores and the school’s scores. Guaranteed, every child in the class feels that pressure and trepidation as well.
  • I am troubled that a company that has a multi-million dollar contract to create tests for the state should also be able to profit from producing test prep materials. I am even more deeply troubled that this wonderful little girl, whom I have known since she was born, is being subject to this distortion of what her primary education should be.
  • The Common Core places an extraordinary emphasis on vocabulary development
  • Parents can expect that the other three will be neglected as teachers frantically try to prepare students for the difficult and high-stakes tests.
  • They see data, not children. 
  • Data should be used as a strategy for improvement, not for accountability
  • A fool with a tool is still a fool.  A fool with a powerful tool is a dangerous fool.
Steve Ransom

Why School Choice Fails - NYTimes.com - 113 views

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    This makes me so, so sad. Public school for the rich v. public school for the poor. No equity.
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    Agreed!
Siri Anderson

onlinecooperativelearningtechniques [licensed for non-commercial use only] / FrontPage - 3 views

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    Presentation materials for SLOAN presentation on increasing accountability in online cooperative learning activities using peer assessment in Google Forms or a new tool called CLIA.
Steve Ransom

Pedagogy of Fear - Guest Post by Morna M. Mcdermott « Cooperative Catalyst - 72 views

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    An important post. Related to how technology goes under-used, misused, and used primarily to "deliver" instruction a la BrainPop, Khan Academy,....
Sydney Lacey

Annapolis High School: A Work In Progress : NPR - 17 views

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    2nd in an NPR series on School Improvement. Transcript and link to audio. "Long before the Obama administration started talking about turning around failing schools, Annapolis High School in Maryland embarked on a radical transformation. It went to a 12-month school year. Teachers and administrators had to re-apply for their jobs, and those who were rehired vowed to never again let a single student fall through the cracks."
Sydney Lacey

Schools Matter: A Teacher in Florida - 37 views

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    A Teacher in Florida by Jamee Cagle Miller 2009 Seminole County Teacher of the Year This poem has reached the office of a Senator and may be read at the next voting of the bill (if it gets back to the senate). It is in the hands of the Orlando Sentinal and could be published there. She wrote the words many of us want to shout out:-)
Steve Ransom

Bloomberg Ties Test Scores to Teacher Tenure - NYTimes.com - 14 views

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    NY teacher tenure to be tied to student test performance/scores
Steve Ransom

Bridging Differences: Should Teacher Evaluation Depend on Student Test Scores? - 19 views

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    Great blog post by Diane Ravitch
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