When Maryland officials recently trumpeted the performance of their students on national reading tests, they failed to mention one thing: The state blocked more than half its English language learners and students with learning disabilities from taking the test, students whose scores would have dragged down the results.Read full article >>
When Anne Arundel County parent Julie Hummer first encountered AVID, the nation’s largest college-readiness program, she could not understand why the program accepted only one of her twin sons, Eric, since both were top students. Even more puzzling, given that the program is geared toward average students, was that the one who was rejected, Ben, had some learning disabilities and might have been considered closer to the mean.Read full article >>
Latino students from across Arlington County got to glimpse potential future careers at a leadership conference Friday at George Mason University.
About 200 students spent the day on the college campus and met with Latino professionals to hear how they pursued their educations and jobs.Read full article >>
Massachusetts and Louisiana, both seen as important in the world of school reform, have decided to delay the implementation of high-stakes standardized tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards in the face of growing concern about the initiative. The two states follow nearly 10 others -- including Florida, the pioneer of corporate-influenced school reform -- to slow or rethink Core implementation, actions coming amid a growing movement led by educators and parents who have become skeptical of the standards and the new related standardized tests.Read full article >>
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.
Burris has for more than a year chronicled on this blog the many problems with the test-driven reform in New York (here, and here and here and here, for example). She was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by more than 1,535 New York principals and more than 6,500 teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here. And she is a co-author of a new open letter to parents from superintendents concerned with Common Core testing, which you can read about here.Read full article >>
The Learning Network Blog: Ripped From the Headlines and Applied to the Classics: Ideas for Pairing Fiction and Nonfiction
The Bee Gees were big and Laura Gill was just 14 the year a teacher at the Potomac School pinned her to the floor of his basement and molested her. Nearly 40 years on, the question she says he asked her is still seared on her mind: Did she like it?Read full article >>