Sheri G. Lederman has been teaching for 17 years as a fourth-grade teacher in New York’s Great Neck Public School district. Her students consistently outperform state averages on math and English standardized tests, and Thomas Dolan, the superintendent of Great Neck schools, signed an affidavit saying “her record is flawless” and that “she is highly regarded as an educator.”Read full article >>
We know all about the many problems with standardized tests. But what about non-standardized tests? Is there a problem with them, too? Alfie Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org), who is the author of 13 books, believes that there is in, as he explains in the following post. His most recent book is “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.”Read full article >>
Last May, students and alumni from the Harvard Graduate School of Education sought to get Colorado state Sen. Michael Johnston disinvited as the school’s 2014 commencement speaker because they disagreed with his embrace of standardized test-based school reform. Johnston wound up speaking, but it was just one episode in what has been called “disinvitation season,” in which a speaker is lined up to appear on a college campus but then becomes the target of protesters. It happened this year to conservative George Will at Scripps College and Secretary of State Condaleezza Rice at Rutgers University, to name a few.Read full article >>
Concerns about possible cheating on the SAT in Asia have led test overseers to withhold scores for students from China and South Korea who took the college admission exam nearly three weeks ago.
The nature and extent of the alleged security breach were unclear Thursday because the College Board and its contractor, the Educational Testing Service, revealed few details about the unfolding investigation. But the score-reporting delay could affect thousands of students seeking admission to U.S. colleges as November deadlines loom for early applications.Read full article >>
Alexandria City Schools announced that George Mason Elementary will close Friday while workers repair a sewage drainage issue.
Schools spokeswoman Helen Lloyd said officials “felt it was inappropriate to have students in the school while it was being resolved.”Read full article >>
Nearly two years ago, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III tried to take over the school system and abolish the elected school board.
State lawmakers agreed to a compromise that gave Baker more influence over the schools, allowing him to hire a new schools chief, appoint three new board members and name the board’s chairman and vice chairman.Read full article >>