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Roland Gesthuizen

Bill Gates and the Cult of Measurement | Diane Ravitch's blog - 44 views

    "This year, my letter focuses on the catalytic role that measurement can play in reducing hunger, poverty, and disease. Setting goals and measuring progress are obviously not new ideas. But over the last year, I've really been struck by the impact this can have improving the lives of the poorest."
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

Is Khan Academy a real 'education solution'? - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post - 89 views

    Great conclusions here!!
Steve Ransom

The complete list of problems with high-stakes standardized tests - The Answer Sheet - ... - 7 views

  • focus so narrowly
  • measure only “low level” thinking processes
  • they put the wrong people — test manufacturers — in charge of American education
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  • allow pass-fail rates to be manipulated by officials for political purposes
  • simplify and trivialize learning
  • they provide minimal to no useful feedback
  • keyed to a deeply flawed curriculum
  • lead to neglect of physical conditioning, music, art, and other, non-verbal ways of learning
  • unfairly advantage those who can afford test prep
  • penalize test-takers who think in non-standard ways
  • radically limit their ability to adapt to learner differences
  • encourage use of threats, bribes, and other extrinsic motivators
Steve Ransom

Mother hopes others will opt out of standardized testing - - 3 views

    Parents opting out of yearly grueling 2 weeks of standardized testing.
Steve Ransom

Subject Matters: Why students fall behind on history - - 66 views

    Great article that paints our current educational direction toward trivia vs. deep understanding
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