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

Jessica Lifshitz | Posted 03.05.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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 03.03.2015 | 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 03.03.2015 | 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 02.27.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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 02.11.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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.

Raising a Generation of Dead-Eyed Dot-Fillers

Robin Hoffman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Robin Hoffman

Her dark eyes would squint from behind her large plastic rimmed glasses, her chin would jut out defiantly, one side of her mouth would turn up ever so slightly, and she'd simply carry on with what she wanted us to learn, to discover.

PARCC Is Down to DC Plus Ten States, and Louisiana Isn't One of Them

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.07.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Louisiana State Superintendent John White insists that Louisiana students in grades 3 through 8 will take the Partnership for Assessment of College and Careers (PARCC) assessments in the spring of 2015.

CPS, PARCC, Common Core State Standards, and What Students Need

Teach Plus | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Micah Miner In Chicago recently, reactions against the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and standardized tests have ranged from murmurs to loud...

Carol Burris Calls Out Common Core; Duncan-Friendly EdPost Indignant

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The American public approves of locally-run education, not this Duncan-as-overlord, faux-state-led substitute -- ever peering over its shoulder due to NCLB-waiver-yank fear.

Why the Jindal Loss Was Expected Regarding Louisiana's PARCC Injunction

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The Jindal administration is seeking a stay of Hernandez's ruling and an expedited writ of appeal to the First Circuit. They believe Hernandez is wrong. Hernandez is wrong. However, Jindal's defense really dropped the ball on this one- for whatever reason.

Does Jindal Have a Case With Common Core as Federal 'Scheme'?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

To me, a Louisianian, it is absolutely no surprise that Jindal said that a 2016 presidential run is "something" he is "thinking about." What Jindal needs is a sensational, distinguishing, timely issue to propel him into the national spotlight...

Joy Resmovits

Bobby Jindal Has Done A Complete 180 On The Common Core

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

For the last four years, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has championed the set of learning benchmarks known as the Common Core State Standards -- but...

Louisiana 'Annual Tests' Tied Up in the New Mexico Courts?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.31.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

June 18, 2014, was an interesting day in Louisiana politics and education. (I realize these two are now one and the same, but humor me.)

Common Core Memorandum of Understanding Not Just for 'Development'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

In canceling the Common Core State Standards MOU, Jindal canceled adherence to the CCSS process as a whole. But there is more to the CCSS MOU that Jindal canceled.

How to Pass a Pearson Test or Peeling the Pearson Pineapple

Alan Singer | Posted 08.02.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson and Common Core are not testing what you know, what you think, or what you can explain. They are testing what you can find in the passage and whether you follow directions.

A Moratorium on Education Loses the Game

Teach Plus | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Casie Jones You eat, breath, and sleep football--that is daily life when preparing for a championship game, practicing to be the best team possi...

Education Reform Is Destroying Childhood as We Know It

Eric Sheninger | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Eric Sheninger

Education reform will be the demise of our once great educational system if politicians and other stakeholders do not get a grip soon.

How Does Vox Figure PARCC Tests Are 'Working'?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.14.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The vox.com piece is entitled, "Common Core Tests Are in Classrooms -- And They're Actually Working." That depends upon what one considers "working" to be.

Students Are Test-Driving New Common Core Exams. You Can Too

| Sarah Garland | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents

Millions of American students this spring are piloting new online standardized tests linked to the Common Core State Standards, which will debut next ...