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DeVos Roils ESSA Waters

One of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' first acts also has the potential to be one of her most destructive. Less than a week after she took office, DeVos informed state education chiefs that the White House was ready and willing to go along with a House of Representatives maneuver to toss out important regulations on the Every [...]

DeVos Roils ESSA Waters2017-03-04T11:29:09-05:00

School vouchers are not a proven strategy for improving student achievement: Studies of U.S. and international voucher programs show that the risks to school systems outweigh insignificant gains in test scores and limited gains in graduation rates | Economic Policy Institute

Betsy DeVos, the new U.S. secretary of education, is a strong proponent of allowing public education dollars to go to private schools through vouchers, which enable parents to use public school money to enroll their children in private schools, including religious ones. Vouchers are advanced under the rubric of “school choice”—the theory that giving parents [...]

School vouchers are not a proven strategy for improving student achievement: Studies of U.S. and international voucher programs show that the risks to school systems outweigh insignificant gains in test scores and limited gains in graduation rates | Economic Policy Institute2017-10-15T07:18:40-04:00

Three global indexes show that U.S. public schools must be doing something right – The Washington Post

Nancy Truitt Pierce is a member of the Monroe School Board in Washington state who was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to his STEM Alliance Advisory Board. In her day job, she is a consultant who convenes monthly peer group meetings of top executives in Seattle and hears what they are looking for when recruiting [...]

Three global indexes show that U.S. public schools must be doing something right – The Washington Post2017-10-15T07:05:15-04:00

“School Choice” Explained

Charter schools. Vouchers. Tax-credit scholarships. Education savings accounts. What are these things and how do they relate to school choice? Education Week reporter Arianna Prothero breaks down the different forms of public and private school choice. She explains why understanding those differences will be important under the incoming presidential administration of Donald Trump, who has [...]

“School Choice” Explained2017-10-15T07:02:53-04:00

NY educators to feds: Don’t label schools based on test opt-outs | Newsday

  State education leaders are urging Washington to scrap plans for labeling schools as subpar if more than 5 percent of students refuse to take Common Core standardized tests — a move they say would inflame an already heated situation.State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, in her first comment on the school accountability plan issued last [...]

NY educators to feds: Don’t label schools based on test opt-outs | Newsday2017-10-15T07:05:51-04:00

How the teacher shortage could turn into a crisis | American Federation of Teachers

The winner of a $1 million prize honoring excellence in teaching set off shockwaves last year when she said that, given the current climate, she would not encourage people to consider teaching in public schools. Perhaps that declaration, from veteran teacher Nancie Atwell (link is external), shouldn’t have come as a shock. Atwell decried the [...]

How the teacher shortage could turn into a crisis | American Federation of Teachers2016-05-02T10:30:43-04:00

PARCC Scores Lower for Students Who Took Exams on Computers – Education Week

Students who took the 2014-15 PARCC exams via computer tended to score lower than those who took the exams with paper and pencil—a revelation that prompts questions about the validity of the test results and poses potentially big problems for state and district leaders. Officials from the multistate Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College [...]

PARCC Scores Lower for Students Who Took Exams on Computers – Education Week2017-10-15T07:04:22-04:00

Are Teachers Getting the Right Kind of Common-Core PD?

Well ... yes and no, according to a pair of new surveys from the RAND Corporation, a research and analysis firm. Teachers do seem to be getting a lot of professional development aligned to the common core in both English language arts and math. The problem is that it's not always focused on the topics [...]

Are Teachers Getting the Right Kind of Common-Core PD?2017-10-15T07:02:11-04:00

Invitation to Participate on SED ELA and Math Standards Review Committee

Beginning in spring 2016, the NYS Education Department (NYSED) will convene Mathematics and English Language Arts Standards Review Committees that will review the recommendations from the AIMHighNY survey; review the P-12 Common Core Learning Standards; and make any necessary revisions to the standards. These committees will be composed of Prekindergarten-Grade 12 and higher education educators [...]

Invitation to Participate on SED ELA and Math Standards Review Committee2017-10-15T07:02:54-04:00