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Jeff Bernstein

Carol Burris: Time to hold NY education leaders accountable for Core mess - 0 views

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    "The New York Regents are the masters of the non-response response.  The day after they published their recommendations entitled Adjustment Options to Common Core Implementation, this was the Newsday headline: Pullback on Common Core: Regents Delay Tougher NY Test Requirements for High School Students Until 2022. That headline on Tuesday came from the Regents' third recommendation: "Give students more time to meet the Common Core standards."
    That sounds impressive until you discover that nothing was pulled back at all."
Jeff Bernstein

Does Standardization Serve Students? Or is Common Core a Dead End? - Living in Dialogue... - 0 views

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    "One of the undercurrents fueling concerns about the Common Core is the relentless focus on preparation for "college and career." Education has always had dual aspirations - to elevate mind and spirit, through the investigation of big ideas, and the pursuit of fine arts and literature, and the service of the economic needs of individuals and society. What we are feeling in our modern culture is the absolute hegemony of commercial aims, as if every activity that does not produce profit is under assault.
    And in our classrooms there is a parallel assault on activities that do not "prepare for college and career," which has been redefined, in practical terms, as preparation for the tests that have been determined to be aligned with that goal. Preparation for college and career has begun to feel more and more like "preparation to make yourself useful to future corporate employers.""
Jeff Bernstein

Carol Burris: My Concerns about the Common Core - 0 views

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    "Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in Rockville Center, New York, explains her concerns about the Common Core. She previously wrote a book about how to implement the standards and now wishes she could retract it."
Jeff Bernstein

Why I Cannot Support the Common Core Standards | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "I have thought long and hard about the Common Core standards.

    I have decided that I cannot support them.

    In this post, I will explain why."
Jeff Bernstein

10 most inaccurate school reform axioms - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post - 0 views

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    "Below Dov Rosenberg lists what he considers the 10 most inaccurate and damaging statements that some school reformers toss around. Rosenberg, who loves to help teachers use technology, has been serving North Carolina public school students and teachers for 11 years as a teacher and instructional technology facilitator."
Jeff Bernstein

Louisiana Voucher Standards Criticized | TPMMuckraker - 0 views

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    Only a month before nearly 120 Louisiana schools are set to welcome their first voucher students, the state has finally released a slate of standards that approved schools must meet in order to receive both students and concurrent state dollars. And while the standards, created by Superintendent John White and approved by the state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) this week, are widely considered a step in the right direction, voucher opponents say the standards fall far short from the accountability they sought.

    Where every public school in Louisiana is subjected to a standardized slate of testing, the voucher students - who will bring an average of $8,000 in tuition from "failing" public schools to many that are affiliated with religious denominations - will only need to face testing if their new school has taken an average of 10 students per grade, or if the schools have accepted at least 40 voucher students into the grades testing.
Jeff Bernstein

Alan Singer: Can Common Core Turn on the Math and Science? - 0 views

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    The Common Core standards, if they separate the learning of skills from content and understanding, point teachers in the wrong direction.
Jeff Bernstein

50 Important Links for Common Core Educators - 0 views

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    Educators across the nation are working hard this summer to begin developing updated curricula that will fit into the new Common Core State Standards, which will be fully applied in 45 U.S. states (Texas, Alaska, Nebraska, Virginia, and Minnesota have opted out of statewide participation) by 2015. Yet despite the hubbub about the new standards, which were created as a means of better equipping students with the knowledge they need to be competitive in the modern world, many teachers still have a lot of unanswered questions about what Common Core will mean for them, their students, and their schools. Luckily, the Internet abounds with helpful resources that can explain the intricacies of Common Core, offer resources for curriculum development, and even let teachers keep up with the latest news on the subject. We've collected just a few of those great resources here, which are essential reads for any K-12 educator in a Common Core-adopting state.
Jeff Bernstein

How top-down policies undermine instruction and feed the testing and accountability bac... - 0 views

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    The central idea behind standards- and accountability-driven reforms is that, in order to improve student learning, we need to do three things:

    Clearly define a minimum bar for all students (i.e., set standards).

    Hold students, teachers, and leaders accountable for meeting those minimum standards.

    Back off: Give teachers and leaders the autonomy and flexibility they need to meet their goals.

    It's a powerful formulation, and one that we've seen work, particularly in charter schools and networks where teachers and leaders have used that autonomy to find innovative solutions to some of the biggest instructional challenges.

    Unfortunately, in far too many traditional school districts, the push for greater accountability has been paired with less autonomy and more centralized control. That is a prescription for a big testing and accountability backlash. 
Jeff Bernstein

Alan Singer: What We Lose With Common Core - 0 views

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    What I think these two instances have in common is that in both cases I responded to the challenge to solve a problem that for whatever reasons caught and held my interest. I could not have solved the problems without the "skills," but I never invested in learning the skills until I was captivated by the problems.
Jeff Bernstein

All Things Education: In Defense of Non-fiction - 0 views

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    The overarching Common Core vs. No Common Core and Core Knowledge vs. Balanced Literacy debates (see this New York Times article and this Learning Matters segment) have spawned another debate: fiction vs. non-fiction. I think this misses the point and causes their critics to unfairly tarnish "non-fiction" as a genre. My apprehensions about the Common Core Standards aside, just as I defended the lecture several posts ago, I feel compelled to defend non-fiction.
Jeff Bernstein

Alan Singer: The "Wisdom" of Pearson's Pineapple Passage - 0 views

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    However, what has been missing from much of the debate over the wisdom of the Pearson pineapple passage so far has been discussion of what wisdom actually is and what the New York State curriculum standards that are supposed to be the basis for instruction and assessment are.

    Clearly Pearson and Tisch need some lessons in classical philosophy.
Jeff Bernstein

Yong Zhao Interview: Will the Common Core Create World-Class Learners? - Living in Dial... - 0 views

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    University of Oregon professor Yong Zhao's 2009 book Catching Up or Leading the Way sent a jolt through our educational system. He questioned the use of tests and "accountability" from the unique perspective of someone educated in China, now living - and raising children - in the USA. His next book, World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students, is due out soon, so I asked him to share some thoughts about some current issues.
Jeff Bernstein

Pineapplegate and Privatizing Public Schools - To the Point on KCRW - 0 views

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    Public Education and Private Profit (12:07PM)
    In six or seven states, kids were asked ridiculous questions on a standardized test. Then, New York's 8th graders were asked about a pineapple that challenges a hare to a race. Since the pineapple can't move, forest animals suspect it has a trick up its sleeve and bet on it to win. But the hare wins and the animals eat the pineapple. The moral is: pineapples don't have sleeves. The story - and the four questions kids were asked about it -- are so obviously stupid that education officials have announced they won't count in official scoring. The resulting ridicule helped fuel the growing backlash against No Child Left Behind and other education "reforms" based on tests devised by private corporations. Parents' and teachers' groups, and some churches, are among those complaining that education is being sacrificed to the profit motive at public expense. What are the consequences for taxpayers and - more important - for students?

    Guests:
    Diane Ravitch: New York University, @DianeRavitch
    Kathleen Porter-Magee: Thomas B. Fordham Institute, @kportermagee
    Alex Molnar: National Education Policy Center
    Dru Stevenson: South Texas College of Law
Jeff Bernstein

Alan Singer: Common Core, What Is It Good For? - 0 views

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    At its annual meeting held in Saratoga Springs the weekend of March 23-25, the New York State Council for the Social Studies passed five resolutions condemning the national and state common core standards for marginalizing social studies. The resolutions charged that attention to math and reading left little time or money in K-12 classrooms for effective instruction in social studies, citizenship, and history. The Council demanded that the state develop a new set of core standards that emphasize the teaching of social studies, citizenship, and history.

    This action by the NYSCSS is one of a number of reasons to question whether the much ballyhooed national common core standards will deliver promised improvements in education.
Jeff Bernstein

Friday Thoughts: Is there really a point to advocating both standardization a... - 0 views

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    So, this all has me wondering if the real objective here - among advocates of these seemingly contradictory policies - is actually to make traditional public schooling so utterly unbearable for both teachers and students by expanding the testing and standards driven culture, expanding curricular standards across areas previously untouched, sucking any remaining creativity out of teaching, and mechanizing the teaching workforce in traditional public schools, making even the worst of the less-regulated alternatives seem more desirable for future generations of both teachers and students?
Jeff Bernstein

Standardized tests with high stakes are bad for learning, studies show - 0 views

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    I was part of a National Academies of Science committee that was asked to carefully review the nature and implications of America's test-based accountability systems, including school improvement programs under the No Child Left Behind Act, high school exit exams, test-based teacher incentive-pay systems, pay-for-scores initiatives and other uses of test scores to evaluate student and school performance and determine policy based on them. We spent nearly a decade reviewing the evidence as it accumulated, focusing on the most rigorous and credible studies of incentives in educational testing and sifting through the results to uncover the key lessons for education policymakers and the public.

    Our conclusion in our report to Congress and the public was sobering: There are little to no positive effects of these systems overall on student learning and educational progress, and there is widespread teaching to the test and gaming of the systems that reflects a wasteful use of resources and leads to inaccurate or inflated measures of performance.
Jeff Bernstein

Ed "Reform" in Louisiana. Coming Soon to Your State? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Educ... - 0 views

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    Diane Ravitch's brilliant, must-read blog, Bobby Jindal vs. Public Education, caused me to pull out an e-mail I got from a teacher buddy in Louisiana a few weeks back. My friend is a National Board Certified Teacher, with a long and distinguished career in education. She wasn't invited to Bobby Jindal's education summit--but a Teach for America corps member she's mentoring was, and urged her to attend, saying that she'd learn about the exciting innovations planned for public education in Louisiana.

    So my friend took a day away from the classroom and drove up to the Capitol with her mentee. She took notes all day, and sent the following dismayed message
Jeff Bernstein

The Horace Mann League: Reflections on a Half-Century of School Reform: Why Have We Fal... - 0 views

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    Why have our efforts fallen short? Over the past fifty years, U.S. school reform has been dominated by three major movements, aimed at promoting equity, increasing school choice, and using academic standards to leverage improvement. While all three have changed schooling in notable ways, none has brought about the needed level of general improvements because they mostly sought to improve education from the outside rather than the inside.

    To make real progress, we will have to think and act much more audaciously. The next round of reform must focus on the essentials of education-the quality of teaching and curriculum, and the means of funding them. Moreover, if we truly want to improve our schools sooner than later, then we must declare a good education to be a civil right for every child.

    This article explains the shortcomings of the three major reforms and proposes a bolder approach for future school reform. The current campaign for the presidency presents an opportunity to discuss this improvement agenda.
Jeff Bernstein

Bill Schechter: I Was a Teacher, Not a Number - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Tea... - 0 views

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    Not long ago, I finally made it to Paris, no doubt years after many of my students had lounged in its cafes. Naturally, I went to the Louvre to view the Mona Lisa. Standing in front of it, beguiled by that mysterious smile, my suspicion was confirmed: da Vinci did not paint by the numbers. Moreover, there was apparently no accountability system in place to ensure he would succeed in this artistic endeavor. He might have failed, and no doubt did many times. Those canvasses do not hang in museums. I also tried not to paint by the numbers in my history classes, a good thing since it's tough for me to stay within the lines. Besides, during most of my career, there were few state mandates to encumber my efforts. Ah, state mandates and standardized tests! Let it be generously said, they are not known for facilitating imaginative teaching.
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