The acting commissioner of education in New Jersey, David C. Hespe, just released “guidance” to school administrators and test coordinators titled “Student Participation in the Statewide Assessment Program” that appears to be aimed at trying to stem the growing opt-out movement by parents who no longer want their children to take high-stakes standardized tests.
The guidance, which you can see at the end of this post, urges school officials to “review the district’s discipline and attendance policies to ensure that they address situations that may arise during days that statewide assessments, such as PARCC, are being administered.” PARCC is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of the two multi-state consortia designing new Common Core standardized tests with some $360 million in federal funds. PARCC has been losing members as one state after another has withdrawn, choosing to use its own tests, which you can read about here.
Hespe’s guidance has clearly rankled some parents, as you can see in the following piece by Sarah Blaine, a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey. Blaine has written several popular posts, including “Pearson’s wrong answer—and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era” and “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.” This post first appeared on her parentingthecore blog.
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There is a national debate about whether going to college is worth the increasingly hefty price tag. The argument against it is that many students come out four — or five or six — years later and can’t find a job that pays a lot, or they can’t find a job at all. But in this post, St. John’s College President Christopher B. Nelson argues that “education and economics are essentially incompatible” and that the economic lens is the wrong way to judge education. Nelson has been president of St. John’s, in Annapolis, Maryland, since June 1991. Before that he, practiced law in Chicago for 18 years and was chairman of his law firm. As university president, he has become a national spokesman for the liberal arts. St. John’s, with a campus in Annapolis and in Santa Fe, N.M., has an unusual liberal arts curriculum, one based on discussion of works from the Western Canon.Read full article >>
Isaac Jackson, 5, walked slowly behind Kendra Sarris, his kindergarten teacher, into the hallway outside Room 19 at Accokeek Academy. The pair then sat at two tiny desks facing a concrete wall.
It was testing time.Read full article >>
Parents whose children arrive late to class cannot face criminal charges under a Virginia law requiring school attendance, the state’s highest court ruled Friday.
The decision by the Virginia Supreme Court exonerates a Purcellville mother of three who was convicted of misdemeanor charges for her children’s tardiness, and it ensures that — unless legislators act to change the law — bringing children to school late will no longer be a crime on its own in the state.Read full article >>
All eight of Montgomery County’s school board candidates say closing the academic achievement gap is a priority in a diverse county. All want to relieve school crowding, build new classrooms and increase community engagement.Read full article >>
The Alexandria City public school system added nearly 600 students to its rolls this year, contributing to a 15 percent increase in ninth-graders, according to official enrollment data presented Thursday to the School Board.Read full article >>
Want to know how many Californians take the SAT?
The College Board reports that every year with precision. The number of students in the class of 2014 from the Golden State who took the college admission test: 236,923. Growth compared to the previous class: 2,156.Read full article >>
A new report published online in JAMA Dermatology says that despite evidence that indoor tanning is a risk factor for skin cancer, many top colleges and universities make tanning beds available to students on campus and in off-campus housing.Read full article >>