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Entries by Alan Singer from 04/2013

Pearson and the Atlanta School Mess

| Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

How did Pearson, which claims to have checkpoints "built into the process to ensure consistent progress in achieving school improvement goals," attempt to establish the validity of the Atlanta school district's claims for off-the-charts improvement on test scores before taking credit for the results?

Cheating on the Test -- I May Be Guilty Also!

| Posted 04.15.2013 | New York

New York State Education Commissioner John King is already warning that student test scores will likely drop this year. The tests themselves are highly suspect but state education departments are not blaming them and the private for-profit companies that develop them.

High School Students Celebrate Emancipation Jubilee -- and Look to the Future

| Posted 04.23.2013 | New York

A giant portrait of Frederick Douglass stared down at the audience of about three hundred high school students who gathered in the Hofstra University student center to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Enough is Enough -- Pearson Education Fails the Test Again and Again

| Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

The relationship between New York City, New York State, and Pearson Education must end. Other states and municipalities should reconsider their relationship with Pearson as well. This company and its testing regime have not earned the right to work in American schools.

What Do the Tests Test?

| Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

Rather than waste all this time and money on testing, an alternative is to just throw out the standardized tests and assign students to classes, schools, and colleges, based on their parents' income tax forms. While this may not be fair to students from poorer families, tax revenues would probably rise.