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Strauss: Assessing learning without tests

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 4:01am

In this era in which standardized tests are the be-all and end-all of accountability, it may seem impossible to imagine a teacher evaluating how well students are learning without giving them a test. Joanne Yatvin actually did it and she explains it in this post. Yatvin is a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English who now supervises student teachers for Portland State University. She also writes books for teachers.

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Strauss: Is this the beginning of the end of teacher tenure?

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 2:45am

Teachers’ unions just got whacked by a California judge who bought the specious argument offered in the “Vergara trial” that state laws giving tenure, seniority and other job protections to public school teachers deprive students of their constitutional right to an adequate education.  Though he stayed his Tuesday decision striking down five state statutes on teacher employment until an appeal could be made, more such lawsuits will now be filed in other states.

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Strauss: One sweet video: Soldier back from Afghanistan surprises son at school

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 8:02pm

My Post colleague Ovetta Wiggins wrote this story about an Army  soldier who returned from Afghanistan to surprise his son at a school Career Day at a school in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Watch Dellion Sitladin, Sr., who hadn’t seen his son for almost a year, walk in on Career Day event at Langley Park-McCormick Elementary.

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Gates Foundation urges delay in using tests for teacher evaluation

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 6:36pm

The Obama administration is resisting mounting calls for a moratorium on using student test scores to evaluate teachers, students and schools.

On Tuesday, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has invested more than $200 million to create, support and implement the Common Core State Standards, said states should hold off from using new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core to evaluate teacher performance.

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Howard U.’s board leaders change, among other shifts at schools in the D.C. region

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 6:08pm

With the approach of summer, leadership shifts are in motion at colleges and universities in the Washington region, including a switch atop the Howard University Board of Trustees.

Here are some of the notable developments:

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Virginia statewide school takeover board ruled unconstitutional by Norfolk judge

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 5:34pm

A Norfolk Circuit Court ruled Tuesday that a statewide school takeover board created by the Virginia General Assembly to manage struggling schools is not constitutional.

Judge Charles E. Poston said that Virginia’s constitution vests the authority to establish school divisions in the Board of Education, not the General Assembly, and gives local school boards the authority to supervise the schools.

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Strauss: Gates Foundation backs two-year delay in linking Common Core test scores to teacher evaluation, student promotion

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 4:53pm

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation issued an interesting letter (see below) on Tuesday saying that it now supported delaying by two years using student standardized test scores in high-stakes consequences on teacher evaluation and student promotion while schools are learning how to implement the Common Core State Standards and new Core-aligned standardized tests.

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‘Best Career Day Ever’ turns into the best Father’s Day gift ever

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 2:04pm

The Prince George’s County School System dubbed it the “Best Career Day Ever.”

For Dellion Sitladin Jr., a fifth grader at Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School, it was more like the best Father’s Day gift ever.

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California court rules teacher tenure creates impermissible unequal conditions

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 1:35pm

A Los Angeles judge Tuesday struck down teacher tenure and other California laws that offer job security to educators, a decision that is expected to trigger widespread challenges of teacher job protections nationwide.

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Montgomery meetings on credit card practices now open

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 1:14pm

Montgomery County school board committee meetings that are expected to focus on the board’s credit-card practices and expense-reporting procedures will now be mostly open to the public.

Phil Kauffman, president of the Board of Education, said in an interview that a meeting scheduled for Thursday will include a 30-minute closed session for legal advice and then become an open meeting at 11:30 a.m.

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