Many of the guest writers on this blog are opposed to the Common Core State Standards, not because they object to standards per se but they find fault with this particular set for one reason or another. This post was written by someone who supports the Core, but takes a critical look at New York State’s Common Core-aligned tests, specifically the eighth-grade math exam that was designed by Pearson. Grant Wiggins is the co-author of “Understanding by Design” and the author of “Educative Assessment” as well as numerous articles on education. A high school teacher for 14 years, he is the president of Authentic Education, in Hopewell, New Jersey, which provides professional development and other services to schools aimed at improving student learning. Wiggins gave me permission to republish this post, which first appeared on his blog, Granted, and…. It should be noted that these tests are different from the Common Core exams that are being developed by two multi-state consortia, known as PARCC and SBAC, and being given to students for the first time this school year, but educators have already raised concerns that those two assessments will not represent the “groundbreaking” next-generation exams that Education Secretary Arne Duncan had once said they would be.Read full article >>
The Common Core Standards, a story I have long considered just for education wonks and education writers, has been appropriated by politicians and political writers. Is that fair? Journalists who cover presidential campaigns have a much higher profile and appear on television much more than we do. Should they be stealing our hottest topics?Read full article >>
It’s hard to imagine a bigger fraternity booster than Paul Wright.
The 54-year-old Charlottesville real estate investor pledged a fraternity within weeks of arriving at the University of Virginia in 1978, and he has been a devoted Chi Psi man ever since. He serves on the group’s national board and was head of U-Va.’s fraternity alumni association. He’s even working to open a new fraternity chapter on campus next spring.Read full article >>
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where Bill Cosby was awarded a doctorate more than 35 years ago, has asked him to resign as an honorary co-chair of the school’s capital campaign. Cosby agreed to step down. The action comes after at least two other universities took action to sever ties with Cosby, who has been accused by numerous women of drugging and sexually assaulting them years ago. Berklee College of Music in Boston, where Cosby was awarded an honorary degree a decade ago, announced that it would no longer award a scholarship in Cosby’s name, and High Point University in North Carolina has removed him from its national board of advisers, the Boston Globe reported. Cosby was awarded a Ph.D. in education in 1977 at the the University of Massachusetts at Amherst school after completing his thesis titled “An Integration of the Visual Media Via Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972) into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning.” The awarding of the doctorate — through an unconventional program for successful professionals who could earn credit through work — became controversial after a former member of his doctoral thesis committee wrote that Cosby did little course work toward his doctorate and was awarded credit for doing things such as appearing on Sesame Street. The besieged Cosby had been serving as an honorary co-chair of the university’s current $300 million fundraising campaign, but that relationship has now been severed. Ed Blaguszewski, executive director of news and media relations for the university, sent the following statement in an e-mail late Thursday:Read full article >>
Prince George’s County school board member Edward Burroughs III (District 8) wants to overhaul the school district’s Special Education Department and has proposed that the school system conduct an external audit to identify areas in need of improvement.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County school system is investigating how the personal information of thousands of its employees ended up in a report that was forwarded to personal e-mail addresses outside the system this month.Read full article >>