Strauss: Special-needs student may be barred from graduating because of two points on standardized test
Unless the Rhode Island House of Representatives goes along with a Senate-approved moratorium on the use of a standardized test as a requirement for high school graduation, Molly Coffey won’t be able to get a diploma. On that critical test, the 18-year-old, who has a form of Down syndrome, missed the graduation cutoff by two points, and it simply isn’t enough that she passed all of her classes, completed her senior project and plays in three sports and participates in the Special Olympics.Read full article >>
Thomas Scarice, the superintendent of Madison Public Schools in Connecticut, has been a vocal critic of high-stakes test-based school reform. Earlier this year he sent a letter to state legislators explaining why these “reforms will not result in improved conditions since they are not grounded in research.” In the following piece, he looks at what he sees as the worst effects of the accountability movement.Read full article >>
A former James Madison University student who said she was sexually assaulted by three male students on a spring break trip has charged that the university gave the men a light punishment despite finding them responsible for misconduct, according to television reports this week.Read full article >>
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D.C. Public Schools will take a hiatus from test-based teacher evaluations with move to Common Core exams
D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Thursday that test scores will not play a part in teacher evaluations next year, a move meant to alleviate anxiety and account for unexpected complications as the city shifts to exams based on the Common Core State Standards.Read full article >>
Da’Quan Jones graduated this week from the District’s Roosevelt High School and is heading off to Hampton University, where he plans to study business management and theater arts.
In earning his high school diploma, Jones already has beaten the odds — just 38 percent of African American men graduate from high school on time in the District. Now, with the help of the D.C. College Access Program — an organization that has played a key role in boosting the number of D.C. students who go to and get through college — he is seeking to become the first man in his family to pursue higher education.Read full article >>
More than 1 million students in 14 states tested new Common Core standardized exams this spring, and the experiment went well, the test creators said Thursday.
The field tests — administered to students in grades 3 through 11 in Maryland, D.C. and elsewhere — were meant to help fine-tune the online exams before they go live next year.Read full article >>