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Jeff Bernstein

In Plain English: Why "Reform" is the Problem, Not the Solution | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "Alan Brown, a professor in North Carolina, wrote this open letter to State Senator Berger, who has sponsored a series of destructive bills that were passed into law. It was published here. It is clear, informed, and coherent. The tone is friendly and non-confrontational. Brown invites Senator Berger to look at the evidence. This letter could serve as a model. Everyone should write to their elected representatives, bringing to light the facts of your own state."
Jeff Bernstein

Department of Education wants the state to let it certify teachers | GothamSchools - 0 views

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    "If the Department of Education gets its way, new teachers won't have to enroll in local colleges or universities to get certification to work in city schools.

    Shael Polakow-Suransky, the department's second in command, said today that the department would ask the state for permission to certify teachers internally by using top educators to train new recruits in shortage areas. Currently, teachers must either have completed an education certification program at a college or university or be enrolled in one."
Jeff Bernstein

Alan Singer: Pearson 'Education' -- Who Are These People? - 0 views

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    "According to a recent article on Reuters, an international news service based in Great Britain, "investors of all stripes are beginning to sense big profit potential in public education. The K-12 market is tantalizingly huge: The U.S. spends more than $500 billion a year to educate kids from ages five through 18. The entire education sector, including college and mid-career training, represents nearly 9 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, more than the energy or technology sectors."

    Pearson, a British multi-national conglomerate, is one of the largest private businesses maneuvering for U.S. education dollars. The company had net earnings of 956 million pounds or approximately 1.5 billion dollars in 2011."
Jeff Bernstein

To Earn Classroom Certification, More Teaching and Less Testing - 0 views

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    New York and up to 25 other states are moving toward changing the way they grant licenses to teachers, de-emphasizing tests and written essays in favor of a more demanding approach that requires aspiring teachers to prove themselves through lesson plans, homework assignments and videotaped instruction sessions.
Jeff Bernstein

Ravitch: Pearson's expanding role in education - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post - 0 views

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    Ever since the debacle of Pineapplegate, it is widely recognized by everyone other than the publishing giant Pearson that its tentacles have grown too long and too aggressive. It is difficult to remember what part of American education has not been invaded by Pearson's corporate grasp. It receives billions of dollars to test millions of students. Its scores will be used to calculate the value of teachers. It has a deal with the Gates Foundation to store all the student-level data collected at the behest of Race to the Top. It recently purchased Connections Academy, thus giving it a foothold in the online charter industry. And it recently added the GED to its portfolio.

    With the U.S. Department of Education now pressing schools to test children in second grade, first grade, kindergarten - and possibly earlier - and with the same agency demanding that schools of education be evaluated by the test scores of the students of their graduates (whew!), the picture grows clear. Pearson will control every aspect of our education system.
Jeff Bernstein

New Procedure for Teaching License Draws Protest - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    The idea that a handful of college instructors and student teachers in the school of education at the University of Massachusetts could slow the corporatization of public education in America is both quaint and ridiculous.

    Sixty-seven of the 68 students studying to be teachers at the middle and high school levels at the Amherst campus are protesting a new national licensure procedure being developed by Stanford University with the education company Pearson.
Jeff Bernstein

Teachers' Support For Reform Depends In Part On Experience -- Gates/Scholastic Survey - 0 views

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    Revamping the makeup of the teaching profession through tweaks such as altering tenure and teacher evaluations has become a policy debate du jour, one that has riled many a state house in recent years. As it turns out, teachers themselves support that overhaul, according to recent survey data.

    But that support may depend on a factor central to many of these teacher reforms: experience.
Jeff Bernstein

Education Week: Analysis Raises Questions About Rigor of Teacher Tests - 0 views

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    The average scores of graduating teacher-candidates on state-required licensing exams are uniformly higher, often significantly, than the passing scores states set for such exams, according to an Education Week analysis of preliminary data from a half-dozen states.
    The pattern appears across subjects, grade levels, and test instruments supplied by a variety of vendors, the new data show, raising questions about the rigor and utility of current licensing tests.
Jeff Bernstein

Degrading Teacher Certification - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week - 0 views

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    Traditional teacher certification is hardly ideal, but it is a paragon compared with online, for-profit programs. A closer look at what is taking place in Texas leads to the inescapable conclusion that the alternative process has gone too far.
Jeff Bernstein

For-Profit Certification for Teachers in Texas Is Booming - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    He is earning his teaching certificate through an online, for-profit alternative certification program, a nontraditional route to teaching that is becoming more common in Texas. Such programs, which can offer certification in three months to two years, are booming despite little more than anecdotal evidence of their success.
Jeff Bernstein

FULL INTERVIEW: Education commissioner: Schools need bold reform, fiscal equity | recor... - 0 views

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    State Education Commissioner John King Jr., 36, took his post in June at a pivotal time for education in New York. King is overseeing the implementation of education reforms at a time when school districts, and his own department, are financially strapped. During an exclusive interview last Friday, Education Reporter Meghan E. Murphy asked King about the top issues facing the state today: from school funding disparities to criticisms regarding the state's teacher evaluation regulations.
Jeff Bernstein

More Detail on the Problems of Rating Ed Schools by Teachers' Students' Outco... - 0 views

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    In my previous post, I explained that the new push to rate schools of education by the student outcome gains of teachers who graduated from certain education schools is a problematic endeavor… one unlikely to yield particularly useful information, and one that may potentially create the wrong incentives for education schools.  To reiterate, I laid out 3 reasons (and there are likely many more) why this approach is so problematic. Here, I divide them out a bit more - 4 ways.
Jeff Bernstein

Rating Ed Schools by Student Outcome Data? « School Finance 101 - 0 views

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    Tweeters and education writers the other day were  all abuzz with talk by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan of the need to crack down on those god-awful schools of education that keep churning out teachers who don't get sufficient value-added out of their students.
Jeff Bernstein

Achievement Differences and School Type: The Role of School Climate, Teacher ... - 0 views

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    Recent analyses challenge common wisdom regarding the superiority of private schools relative to public schools, raising questions about the role of school processes and climate in shaping achievement in different types of schools. While holding demographic factors constant, this multilevel analysis of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics data on over 270,000 fourth and eighth graders in over 10,000 schools examines differences among schools on five critical factors: (1) school size, (2) class size, (3) school climate/parental involvement, (4) teacher certification, and (5) instructional practices. This study provides nationally representative evidence that both teacher certification and some reform-oriented mathematics teaching practices correlate positively with achievement and are more prevalent in public schools than in demographically similar private schools. Additionally, smaller class size, more prevalent in private schools, is significantly correlated with achievement.
Jeff Bernstein

Alan Singer: You Are Not Getting A Teaching Job Through The New York Times - 0 views

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    The weekend New York Times brought a special supplement, "Learn Something NEW: The New York Times Knowledge Network Fall 2011 Online Course Catalog." I saw it at a friend's house, because, as readers know from an earlier blog, I had canceled my subscription because of what I consider the company's unscrupulous educational practices. Apparently, the Times decided to continue marketing its brand in any way it can, despite my objections.
Jeff Bernstein

Ohio to Retest Teachers Under New Law - High School Notes (usnews.com) - 0 views

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    As soon as next year, approximately 7,000 educators in Ohio's poorest-performing public schools may be required to retake teaching exams under a new law passed by the state.
Jeff Bernstein

Privatization & The War Against California Teachers-Fired CTC Attorney Carroll Speaks O... - 0 views

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    Attorney and whistleblower Kathleen Carroll was fired by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing CTC in September 2010 after she began to expose the systemic corruption and cronyism at the agency. The commission plays a critical role in education in California certifying teachers and also approving education training programs. Carroll discovered that Agency officials and the board members were also involved in planning the systemic destruction of public education in California and how this agency operated to carry out this role. They were involved in spending millions of dollars on private charter schools that some staff had personal interests in. The commission managers also bullied the staff and created a reign of terror at the agency. This commission is also under the direct control of the Executive and Governor Jerry Brown but he has remained silent about the scandal.
Jeff Bernstein

Shanker Blog » Attracting The "Best Candidates" To Teaching - 0 views

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    Now, it bears noting that "attracting better people," like "improving teacher quality," is a policy goal, not a concrete policy proposal - it tells us what we want, not how to get it. And how to make teaching more enticing for "top" candidates is still very much an open question (as is the equally important question of how to improve the performance of existing teachers).
Jeff Bernstein

Teaching on the fast-track | Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal - 0 views

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    Steve Whitten has had two careers - the first as a non-certified special-education teacher, the second as an administrator and counselor at the Rhode Island School of Design.

    Now, he is embarking on a third profession as an English and special-education teacher in a public school. Typically, Whitten would have to complete a two-year certificate program at an education school.

    Instead, he has enrolled in an intensive, six-week program run by the Rhode Island Teaching Fellows that promises to prepare him to fly solo this fall.
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