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Bloggers Challenge President on Standardized Testing - NYTimes.com

Bloggers Challenge President on Standardized Testing - NYTimes.com

Bloggers Challenge President on Standardized Testing

Does President Obama believe standardized testing has gone too far?

Mr. Obama criticized “high-stakes” tests last week at a town-hall-style meeting, contrasting them with less-pressured tests his daughters took in their Washington private school. Those remarks, which did not receive wide coverage at the time, have since prompted close followers of education policy to wonder whether the president opposes his own Education Department.

In the public forum, hosted by the Spanish broadcaster Univision on March 28, a high school student, Luis Zeyala, asked the president if there could be less testing in schools.

Mr. Obama agreed that “we have piled on a lot of standardized tests” under federal education law, meaning the annual proficiency tests in reading and math given to Grades 3 through 8 as well as once in high school.

“Now, there’s nothing wrong with a standardized test being given occasionally just to giv

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NYC Public School Parents: Marc Ribot on HS admissions and the failure of "choice"

NYC Public School Parents: Marc Ribot on HS admissions and the failure of "choice"

Marc Ribot on HS admissions and the failure of "choice"

It is ironic that as the number of high school "choices" have multiplied under this administraion, more and more students fail to be admitted to any of them. Ten percent, or more than 8,000 NYC 8th graders, got none of their top ten choices for high school next year. Marc Ribot, NYC parent, comments:

Ten percent is an unconscionable number: but I’d like to share a few reflections on how this system has failed all of us- not just those who have not been placed.

My own daughter got into Frank Sinatra, and is happy with her choice. But what will she find when she’s there? How many to a class in the face of budget cuts and teacher lay-offs? This isn’t only the result of ‘the economy’, but of bad political choices: of gradual privatization through a shift to ‘charter schools’, de-unionization , a program of breaking up larger schools into smaller ones which has multiplied administrative costs without producing any measurable benefits

Remainders: A parent-activist says good riddance to John White | GothamSchools

Remainders: A parent-activist says good riddance to John White | GothamSchools

Remainders: A parent-activist says good riddance to John White

  • Leonie Haimson: John White has consistently ignored parents’ concerns. (NYC Public School Parents)
  • Gov. Cuomo: Mayor Bloomberg is peddling “propaganda” by threatening teacher layoffs. (Daily Politics)
  • It’s not clear how the impending government shutdown will affect the education dep’t. (Politics K-12)
  • Mike Petrilli suggestions that suddenly idle government workers volunteer-mob D.C. schools. (Flypaper)
  • An assessment of charter school management organizations finds they range in quality. (ProPublica)
  • The report about EMOs overstates how many charter schools are run by for-profit groups. (Eduwonk)
  • Seth Andrew explains why his charter school network is taking over Harlem Day Charter. (HuffPo)
  • A fight over Finland is at the heart of tensions threatening a national standards coalition. (Rick Hess)
  • Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is starting to signal where he stands on schools. (Russo)
  • Once again, the city has extended the deadline for parents to run for district councils. (Insideschools)

Teachers union silent on state voting | MLive.com

Teachers union silent on state voting | MLive.com

Teachers union silent on state voting

Published: Wednesday, April 06, 2011, 3:54 PM Updated: Wednesday, April 06, 2011, 3:58 PM

GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan — Teachers in Genesee County and throughout the state have beenvoting quietly on a Michigan Education Association resolution asking its 155,000 members to OK “crisis activities,” which could include an illegal teachers strike.

MEA officials say they will not reveal the results of the votes or other information on the matter.

Carman-Ainsworth Education Association President Frank Burger, a member of the MEA Board of Directors, said teachers in many districts already have voted on the resolution, though he wouldn’t reveal results.

“I would say that a majority (of MEA locals) in Genesee County have held their meetings and taken their votes,” Burger said.

The union has set an April 14 deadline for local chapters to

D.C. school officials wary of test security - USATODAY.com

D.C. school officials wary of test security - USATODAY.com

D.C. school officials wary of test security

By Jack Gillum, USA TODAY

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WASHINGTON — As public school students in the nation's capital began a new round of standardized testing this week, school board officials here Wednesday worried that a security seal on test booklets might not be enough to ensure that no one tampers with the answer sheets.

  • Former D.C. Public Schools chancellor Michelle Rhee says she supports a broader investigation of standardized test erasures.

    By Alex Wong, Getty Images

    Former D.C. Public Schools chancellor Michelle Rhee says she supports a broader investigation of standardized test erasures.

By Alex Wong, Getty Images

Former D.C. Public Schools chancellor Michelle Rhee says she supports a broader investigation of standardized test erasures.

The concerns come in the wake of a USA TODAY investigation that found high rates of erasures — from wrong answers to right ones — on standardized tests in the D.C. public school system during the previous three years. In some cases, the rate was so statistically rare that experts say it could indicate cheating.

The former head of D.C. Public Schools, Michelle Rhee, has said she does not believe there was widespread cheating in the district during her tenure. But Rhee, now a national figure for education reform, has said she favors a new investigation into the anomalies USA TODAY identified.

On Wednesday, board members questioned why student answer sheets are sealed by a principal or school test coordinator — rather than by the teacher immediately following

Big Education Ape: Ed News Now 4-6-11 PM Edition

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