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Heeding Student Voices on PARCC

Teach Plus | Posted 07.07.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

As a teacher, I find PARCC to be a better assessment; my students agreed. Perhaps it is time that all adults -- educators, parents, policy makers -- listen and do what our children are suggesting.

Questor Marketing Research Advises Pearson Investors to SELL

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.02.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Sounds like Pearson CEO Fallon should have spent more time on US K-12 Education Plan B at least two years ago. At least.

Why This Politician Opposes Standardized Tests

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

I understand that there is a need for testing to pass subjects and grades. However, there is no need to have a one-size-fits-all approach. Teaching and learning are very personal and should be custom.

Christie Dumps Common Core? So What?

Peter Greene | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

So Chris Christie has decided to repudiate the Common Core. Big frickin' deal. Here are just a few of the reasons that his newly-discovered disdain for the standards is unimpressive, and unlikely to help save the fantasy of Christie running for President, ever.

Two Important Test Questions

Peter Greene | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

The full range of debate about the Big Standardized Tests really comes down to answering two critical questions about the testing: Does the test collect good data? And what action is taken with the data?

Is the Illusion of Equity a Civil Right?

Jason Endacott | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Jason Endacott

The bottom line is that "equal" and "accountable" sound great in a political speech or interview, but in reality they lead to resegregation and the disproportionate denigration of educational experiences for children who are not white.

Managing Test Anxiety in Today's High Stakes Testing Era

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

School worry and test worry are common. There has become an increased focus on grades, GPAs, and a fear-based mentality that kids will not get into a good college unless they have a 4.6 GPA. Sadly, this fearful mentality has trickled down all the way to elementary school today! What is going on? And what should parents do?

Is NYSUT/AFT Support for NY Opt Out Just the 2013 AFT "Moratorium" Warmed Over?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

What will it take for NYSUT and AFT to break up with intended testing conduit, Common Core?

Stop Bullying Kids Over Testing Issues

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.27.2015 | Chicago
Laurie Levy

I'm not sure why reading a book is not acceptable. Perhaps because the child might learn something? More likely, other kids taking PARCC might be envious and also decide to opt out.

People Are Pissed at Pearson

Alan Singer | Posted 05.23.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson's only intended result is to make more and more money. That is why so many people are pissed at Pearson and fighting back against Common Core and Pearson PARCC exams.

Test Security Now Means Checking Social Media For Cheaters

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

For the organizations that give standardized tests, it's a common - and common-sense - security measure. But to the growing number of critics of th...

Pearson's Intellectual Property -- Why Is This Even a Thing?

Daniel Katz | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Daniel Katz

Pearson's hyperactive attitude towards test security is disturbing not only because of how it is being enacted without concern of proportion, privacy, and the implications of initiating state level investigations into unremarkable student speech.

A Month of Opting Out of Standardized Tests: Week 1

Jason Endacott | Posted 05.16.2015 | Education
Jason Endacott

I get a lot of questions about education from friends, family, friends of family, family of friends and random people on the interwebs.  One of the most difficult questions I get is "Why did you choose to opt your kids out of standardized tests?"

"(Ya Got) Trouble" at Pearson

Alan Singer | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson is in trouble and needs to rebuild U.S. Learning Services because it is not a high-performing organization. Remaining employees are ordered to "focus on our markets, our learners, and the ecosystem we belong to," but never, at least not according to this memo, on the quality of Pearson education products...

An Open Letter to My Students: I Am Sorry for What I Am About to Do to You

Jessica Lifshitz | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Jessica Lifshitz

To all of my precious students: My guess is that all of you will wonder why I am making you take these tests. And the answer is simple. I have to. Our state and federal government say that I have to give these tests to you. That you must take them. And I need you to know how very sorry I am about that.

U.S. Dept. of Ed Wanted Much More Testing From PARCC and Smarter Balanced

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

That said, I have also looked at the background on the CCSS and federal funding for PARCC and SBAC tests. USDE had a test-funding plan for the CCSS in April 2010, before the CCSS were published in June. By September 2010, grants were awarded to the PARCC and SBAC groups to begin test development at roughly $300 million total.

Computerized School Testing Off To A Rocky Start In Florida

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI, March 3 (Reuters) - Newly computerized state tests were suspended on Tuesday in some of Florida's largest p...

PARCC Is 30 Days of Destruction

Branden Rippey | Posted 05.03.2015 | Education
Branden Rippey

We are offended by the situation in which we find ourselves, in which education policy is dictated by billionaires who never taught a day in their lives, while our patiently gained professional expertise is ignored. Thirty days of testing is sufficiently outrageous and -- we believe -- indefensible.

Opting Out of PARCC Testing for Children With Special Needs

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.03.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

As usual, it is those who need the most help who are crushed under the heel of the educational-industrial complex.

NJ Parents and Teachers Say "NO!" to PARCC Common Core Tests

Alan Singer | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The anti-PARCC anti-Common Core coalition may have an unlikely ally. Who thought pro-business Republicans would take on the school testing industry?

The High Stakes of Life and Death

Michael Beyer | Posted 04.20.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

I became an educator because I believe in the power of schools to change people's lives and to ensure a more equitable society for all. Yet high stakes tests have only furthered the inequity by punishing schools and communities that are already struggling.

An Educator Samples the PARCC

Peter Greene | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Today, I'm trying something new. I've gotten myself onto the PARCC sample item site and am going to look at the ELA sample items for high school. There appear to be 23 sample pages, and I have two hours to do this, so this could take a while. You've been warned.

Essential Assessments

Teach Plus | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Clare Berke If your family is anything like mine, conversations at the dinner table eventually move from pleasantries to politics. Recently, I ...

PARCC Attrition from 2011 to 2014: Not Looking Good for Pearson

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.20.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Pearson will not come close to testing even half of the 22 million PARCC students advertised on the PARCC website in February 2014- the time of the above-cited Pearson earnings call. That must be a real bummer for a Pearson CEO with no Plan B.

Who Are Our Masters?

Michael Beyer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

We need to scrap all of our systems and begin by asking our students and teachers what they need. This is a radical proposition, but it is also simple and the most effective.