By David Keeling This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Tests aren’t really the problem; the culture of testing is. That&r...
We could use Ali's talents now to describe the battle brewing between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Just like the disastrous No Child Left Behind Act of the Bush era, in whose wake it follows, it's all about testing and uniform standards and the "rigorous" evaluation of schools and teachers; and it's clueless about the nature of childhood development, not to mention reality.
I recently received an e-mail from a reader who raised a question that haunts a lot of teachers and parents: Does testing harm kids?
I did not understand how something as benignly written as the Common Core State Standards could be hi-jacked by political and corporate powers to create schools that are now submersed in mind-numbing test prep and fear in the name of "accountability."
The implementation of an evaluation system, based on a metric that reduces learning to obedience training, one that leads to dire consequences, is so obviously flawed, that one wonders who is in charge of the experiment.
There is no denying that the SAT test has become a misunderstood educational instrument through the years. My message to college admissions offers that grades -- not SAT scores -- should be what matters the most for all students -- and especially urban minorities.
If you have a learning disability, and you believe that receiving accommodations will help you to achieve a higher score, proactivity is key.
We have sexy, codified assessments for everything: intelligence, aptitude, risk, odds, and the ever-critical return on investment. Still, when it comes to understanding the measure of a life -- a life well lived, a life of value -- statistics are about as useful as a footnote.
The positions taken by NYSUT represent a major new development in the nationwide battle over Common Core, high-stakes testing, Race to the Top, and newly mandated teacher evaluation systems.
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In a recent New York state public forum about the Common Core with Education Commissioner John King and state Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch in Manhattan, the room was rife with rancor, as it had been in previous forums all over the state. Late in the evening, when it finally came my turn to speak, I sought to enliven the soporific atmosphere with a surprising declaration. Along with the rest of the shills for corporate education, I announced, Commissioner King and Chancellor Tisch should be arrested on several counts