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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

Andrew Cuomo: No More Money for Education! | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "Cuomo apparently thinks that parents don't care about class size, or budget cuts, or layoffs, or loss of funding for the arts in their schools. No, he alone is the "lobbyist for the students," (as he once boasted), not their parents. Anyone who wants more money for schools must be fronting for the teachers' unions."
Jeff Bernstein

How The Debate Over Charter Schools Makes Us Dumber - 0 views

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    "Almost nothing gets education arguments roiling from reasonable to rancorous like charter schools. Through one lens, charters are "aggressive and entrepreneurial…[and] loosely regulated" institutions that are ultimately a "colossal mistake" undermining traditional public education. Through another, they're transformational places "generating extraordinary academic success with the most disadvantaged children," in sharp contrast to moribund traditional public schools. Easy as it is to fall into one or the other of these positions, each contributes to paralyze discussions of charters' flaws and merits.

    It would be nice if we could answer the question empirically. That's a perfectly intuitive starting point: how do charters perform vis-à-vis traditional public schools? Unfortunately, national data on charter school performance is mixed at best."
Jeff Bernstein

Education historian Ravitch believes education support is a civic responsibility | The ... - 0 views

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    "Instead, she encourages educators, parents and lawmakers to think as citizens rather than consumers when it comes to education. Ravitch's vision for education reform starts at ground level with each person supporting public education as a civic responsibility."
Jeff Bernstein

The coming Common Core meltdown - 0 views

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    "In the following post, veteran educator Stan Karp explains why the problems surrounding the implementation of the Common Core are less about the substance of the standards and more about the context in which they were introduced. Karp taught English and journalism in Paterson, N.J., for 30 years and is an editor of Rethinking Schools magazine, where this appeared."
Jeff Bernstein

Teachers' Working Conditions in Charters: How Different Are They? - Teacher Beat - Educ... - 0 views

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    "Teachers working in charters in an unnamed poor, rural Texas charter school district reported holding higher expectations of students and enjoying a more supportive teaching environment than colleagues who were working in traditional schools in the neighboring district.

    But the charter teachers had fewer opportunities for professional development and generally felt that the evaluation process was less fair, according to a new study that attempts to correct some of the problems with the existing research on differences between teachers in charters and traditional schools. "
Jeff Bernstein

Following Common Core money: Where are millions of dollars going? - 0 views

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    "In this post, award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York raises some new questions about the Common Core State Standards and curriculum being developed around them."
Jeff Bernstein

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Common Core: A critical reading of "close reading" - 0 views

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    "Proponents of the Common Core have likened the struggle to implement it to the Civil Rights Movement. As we reflect on the 50th anniversary of the height of that movement, we must consider how these standards and the related testing are threatening students' rights to education, not upholding them. As one critical example, the Common Core's strict interpretation of "close reading of a text" dismisses the notion that students' own thoughts and experiences, and how they connect to a text, are integral to reading. Rather, student voices are silenced in their own classrooms, and literacy is reduced to the ability to navigate standardized tests."
Jeff Bernstein

We They Shall Overcome | Dissent Magazine - 0 views

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    "Rooted in the gospel tradition, the song "We Shall Overcome" became an anthem of the African‑American civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s and then an assertion of struggle and solidarity worldwide. Solidarity is at the heart of both the song and the phrase "we shall overcome."

    Given that history, it's both perverse and predictable that Philanthropy magazine titled its spring 2013 cover story "They Shall Overcome." The long article-written by then editor-in-chief Christopher Levenick-profiles five of the wealthiest backers of free-market K-12 public education reform (publicly funded but privately run charter schools, publicly funded vouchers for private schools, evaluating teachers and schools based on students' standardized test scores, closing large numbers of schools based on test scores or to save money, and the like)."
Jeff Bernstein

Jere Hochman on Tom Friedman's Column in the NY Times | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "Jere Hochman, superintendent of the Bedford Central School District in New York responds here to Tom Friedman's column in the New York Times"
Jeff Bernstein

Comparing CC Support with Evidence Against - @ THE CHALK FACE - 0 views

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    "AFT president Randi Weingarten has recently changed positions on value-added methods (VAM) for teacher evaluation, but maintains support for Common Core (CC). With that shift to rejecting VAM, based on the solid evidence base that shows high-stakes implementation of VAM is at least complicated if not misleading, I would like to request that Weingarten and AFT apply that same analysis to CC."
Jeff Bernstein

Everything you need to know about Common Core - Ravitch - 0 views

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    "Diane Ravitch, the education historian who has become the leader of the movement against corporate-influenced school reform, gave this speech to the Modern Language Association on Jan. 11 about the past, present and future of the Common Core State Standards.
    Here's her speech"
Jeff Bernstein

Breaking News: Outrage in Newark as Christie's Superintendent Fires Principals for Oppo... - 0 views

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    "On the very eve of the weekend celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Newark's state-appointed superintendent showed the citizens of Newark that they have no votes and they have no voice when it comes to the fate of their schools."
Jeff Bernstein

Tim Farley: AFT Is Wrong about the Common Core | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "The latest issue of the AFT American Educator publication contains an article that presents "Myths of the Common Core" and responds to each one with "facts."

    Tim Farley, principal of the Ichabod Crane Elementary/Middle School in Valatie, New York, did not agree with the publication's definition of the facts. Here is his rebuttal"
Jeff Bernstein

A real school reform agenda for 2014 - 0 views

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    "If you remember your No Child Left Behind history, 2014 is the year that all children were supposed to be scoring proficient on standardized tests. That was, of course, a ridiculous goal, which the authors of the bill knew full well when they wrote it, and a symbol for just how misguided school reform has become. Here, George Wood, superintendent of Federal Hocking Local Schools, offers four things that reform really should be targeting. He is the executive director of the Forum for Education and Democracy  and board chair of The Coalition of Essential Schools."
Jeff Bernstein

Shanker Blog » Teacher Turnover In DCPS - 0 views

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    "Teacher turnover - the rates at which teachers leave the profession and switch schools - is obviously a very important outcome in education. Although not all turnover is necessarily a "bad thing" - some teachers simply aren't cut out for the job and leave voluntarily (or are fired) - unusually high turnover means that schools must replace large proportions of their workforces on an annual basis. This can have serious implications not only for the characteristics (e.g., experience) of schools' teachers, but also for schools' costs, cohesion and professional cultures."
Jeff Bernstein

New Volume About Teacher Evaluation and High-Stakes Testing Now Available | Diane Ravit... - 0 views

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    "A group of expert researchers have published a new collection of articles about teacher evaluation and high-stakes testing and their consequences.

    The collection appears online in the Teachers College Record. It is called "High-Stakes Teacher Evaluation: High Cost, Big Losses.""
Jeff Bernstein

Litigating DC IMPACT: The real usefulness of the Dee/Wyckoff Regression Discontinuity D... - 0 views

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    "Much has been made of late regarding the erroneous classification of 44 teachers in Washington DC as ineffective, thus facing job consequences. This particular erroneous rating was based on an "error" in the calculation of the teachers' total ratings, as acknowledged by the consulting firm applying the ratings. That is, in this case, the consultants simply did not carry out their calculations as intended. This is not to suggest by any stretch that the intended calculations are necessarily more accurate or precise than the unintended error. That is, there certainly may be far more - are likely far more than these 44 teachers whose ratings fall arbitrarily and capriciously in the zone whereby those teachers would face employment consequences.
    So, how can we tell… how can we identify such teachers."
Jeff Bernstein

Tweed Insider Reviews IBO Report on Charter Schools | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "Insider here reviews the report on charter schools by the NYC Independent Budget Office. The report covered only the early grades, not the middle grades or high school years."
Jeff Bernstein

Most special-needs students drop out of charter schools by third grade: report - NY Dai... - 0 views

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    "General students from kindergarten to third grade are retained by the privately operated schools at a slightly higher rate than district schools, according to the study report by the Independent Budget Office released Thursday."
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