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Jeff Bernstein

Shanker Blog » Will the SAT Overhaul Help Achieve Equity? - 0 views

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    "The College Board, the organization behind the SAT, acknowledges that historically its tests have been biased in favor of the children of wealthy, well educated elites - those who live in the best zip codes, are surrounded by books, go to the best regarded schools (both public and private), enjoy summer enrichment programs, and can avail themselves of as much tutoring and SAT test-prep coaching as they need. That's why, early last month, College Board president David Coleman announced that the SAT would undergo significant changes, with the aim of making it more fair and equitable for disadvantaged students."
Jeff Bernstein

Protecting Classrooms From Corporate Takeover: What Families Can Learn from Teachers' U... - 0 views

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    "Teachers are fighting the privatization wave by connecting with families right where they live."
Jeff Bernstein

Shanker Blog » New York City: The Mississippi Of The Twenty-First Century? - 0 views

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    "Last month saw the publication of a new report, New York State's Extreme School Segregation, produced by UCLA's highly regarded Civil Rights Project. It confirmed what New York educators have suspected for some time: our schools are now the most racially segregated schools in the United States. New York's African-American and Latino students experience "the highest concentration in intensely-segregated public schools (less than 10% white enrollment), the lowest exposure to white students, and the most uneven distribution with white students across schools.""
Jeff Bernstein

The big losers in NYC charter fight: students with disabilities - 0 views

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    "With big bucks from Wall Street supporters behind her, charter network operator Eva Moskowitz won a fight she started with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio over charter schools. De Blasio got politically hurt in the battle after being steamrolled by Moskowitz and Gov. Andrew Cuomo - but in the end, it isn't de Blasio who will pay the most. At P.S.  149, it's students with severe disabilities."
Jeff Bernstein

Why Do State and Local School Agencies Underinvest in Evidence? | Brookings Institution - 0 views

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    "In the United States, we entrust state and local leaders to make most consequential decisions affecting schools.  It's ironic, then, that the federal government funds most of the research and evaluation work in education.  State and local leaders bear a responsibility to study the consequences of their decisions.  We will make much faster progress when they do. 

    At this very moment, chief academic officers around the country are choosing professional development providers to prepare teachers for the Common Core.  Districts are choosing curricula.  Why can't we provide them with better evidence to guide their choices?  Or, at the very least, why can't we compare the 2014-15 gains for those making different choices now, so that we have a clearer view of what worked going into the 2015-16 school year?  Otherwise, we will continue reinventing the wheel.  School leaders need to get out of the wheel reinvention business."
Jeff Bernstein

How Corporate Interests Beat NYC's Progressive Mayor and How He Can Recover | Diane Rav... - 0 views

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    "This article was written by an independent education researcher who requests anonymity. It is unfortunate that the politics of education have become so intermingled with powerful forces that researchers remain silent or hide their identities to escape retribution. In this case, everything in this article is carefully documented."
Jeff Bernstein

Charter Schools: The Promise and the Peril - In These Times - 0 views

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    "Since the first charter school was established in 1992 in St. Paul, Minn., the model has rapidly taken hold in cities across the United States. As of December 2011, about 5 percent of U.S. students attended the nation's 5,300 charter schools.

    A charter school is a public school governed by a nonprofit organization under a contract-or charter-with a state or local government. This charter exempts the school from selected rules and regulations. In return for funding and autonomy, the charter school must meet the accountability standards as defined by its charter.

    There are as many types of charter schools as there are educational approaches. But a common difference between charter schools and traditional schools is that charter school teachers are not typically unionized. Another is that their day-to-day administration is sometimes managed by a for-profit corporation."
Jeff Bernstein

Uncommon Core Heightens Race and Class Math Divide | Alan Singer - 0 views

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    "The uproar over high-stakes testing associated with Common Core in New York State and complaints that children are being tested on things they were not taught, has obscured the deepening of racial, ethnic and class divisions in education in New York and the United States. Not only are the tests unfair, but according to a new study by the National Urban Research Group (NURG), math instruction and the educational system in the United States are deeply unfair, especially to Black and Latino students from poorer families."
Jeff Bernstein

On the Front Lines in the War on Poverty - Deborah Meier - 0 views

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    "My "golden age" in New York, the one that allowed a variety of experiments in trust to flourish, happened not by accident and not just because of a few good administrators. It was possible because of a short-lived sea change in the national political conversation. It came because for a while there was a public commitment to wage a war on poverty and on behalf of racial equality."
Jeff Bernstein

The False Markets of Market Based Reforms | School Finance 101 - 0 views

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    "My problem with the current false market scenario regarding TFA is its intersection with the false market for charter schools. Just as charter school expansion - demand - has become heavily dependent on manipulation of markets by policy makers, TFA expansion - demand - has become dependent on those major charter network operators who are dependent on charter market manipulation (forced closure of district schools).
    Put simply, this is not market based reform, nor should anyone pretend that market mechanisms (rather than policy preferences and market manipulation) are driving any of this."
Jeff Bernstein

Modeling the Education They Want To Be: The Great Chicago Teachers Union Transformation - 0 views

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    "According to labor journalist Micah Uetricht, it's high time for trade unions in the United States to decide whether they want to wither away and follow a "business unionism" model of concessions and shrinkage, or follow "social movement unionism," a bottom-up, democratic organizing strategy that is aligned with social justice movements throughout the country."
Jeff Bernstein

Poverty Matters | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "It is all the rage among the pseudo-reformers to dismiss the importance of poverty. Although most of the pseudo-reformers grew up in affluence, attended elite private school, and send their own children to equally splendid private schools, they feel certain in their hearts that poverty is a state of mind that can be easily overcome. All it takes is one great teacher. Or three effective teachers in a row. Or lots of grit. Or a no-excuses school where children dress for success, follow rules without questioning, and act like little test-taking machines. One by one, the pseudo-reformers insist, they will end poverty."
Jeff Bernstein

Does Common Core's focus on 'close reading' make sense? - 0 views

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    "Depending on whom you ask, the Common Core English Language Arts standards are either exactly what U.S. schools need, or exactly what they don't need. Here's an argument for the latter opinion, by Aaron Barlow, an associate professor of English at the New York City College of Technology. "
Jeff Bernstein

A Meditation on Choice | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "When I read Paul Thomas's reflections on "choice," it reminded me of an exchange I had in conversation with John Merrow recently in Manhattan at the JCC."
Jeff Bernstein

"Significant Flaws" with New York's Teacher Evaluation Data | - 0 views

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    "One of the biggest drawbacks of such teacher evaluation systems is that they have literally no instrumental value; that is, no states across the country have yet figured out how to use these data for instrumental or change-based purposes, to inform the betterment of schools, teacher quality, and most importantly students' learning and achievement, and no states yet have plans to make these data useful."
Jeff Bernstein

Jersey Jazzman: Education "Reform": The Endgame - 0 views

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    "That is the real status quo: a socioeconomically stratified society, largely (but not entirely) divided along racial lines, that is first and foremost interested in its own reproduction. And public education, as dictated by the reformy plutocrats, is a primary means of maintaining that status quo.

    That is the "end game.""
Jeff Bernstein

Shanker Blog » When Checking Under The Hood Of Overall Test Score Increases, ... - 0 views

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    "When looking at changes in testing results between years, many people are (justifiably) interested in comparing those changes for different student subgroups, such as those defined by race/ethnicity or income (subsidized lunch eligibility). The basic idea is to see whether increases are shared between traditionally advantaged and disadvantaged groups (and, often, to monitor achievement gaps)."
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