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Jonathan Kozol Reviews New Ravitch Book for NY Times Sunday Book Review
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Survey: State Higher Education, K-12 Systems Collaborating on Common Core Implementation
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University Heritage Language Programs on the Rise
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Wendy Davis to stand as Democratic candidate for governor of Texas
State senator whose 11-hour filibuster against restrictive abortion legislation made her a celebrity will stand in 2014 Wendy Davis is set to run for Texas governor, in a race that could have wide-ranging consequences for Democrats at both national and state level. The state senator from Fort Worth...


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September’s “The Best…” Lists — There Are Now 1,176 Of Them
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Children Are What They Eat
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The World Is Yours
Nas Truth: I believe you’re better than the ring-kissing I’m seeing right now. A few days ago, I had the opportunity to speak virtually to about the importance of leading while teaching as part of a series I’m doing with the Center for Teaching Quality. In my argyle sweater and windbreaker pants (video conferencing) magic, I fielded questions about everything from educational equity (“Give back 1%

Flawed exams support phony school accountability | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com

Flawed exams support phony school accountability | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com:

Flawed exams support phony school accountability

Scoring errors jeopardize tests: Poor oversight raises risk
Joel Page
Jesse Grace scans shipments and they arrive Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at the Measured Progress test processing facility in Dover, N.H.
Robert Schaeffer is public education director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest).
He wrote this after reading AJC reporter Heather Vogell's series on testing flaws. The "Testing the Test" series took a year to report and concluded today. You can read it at MyAJC.com.
By Robert Schaeffer
 With each passing year, politicians put more weight on standardized exams to evaluate students, teachers and schools.  From “No Child Left Behind” to “Race to the Top” to the new “Common Core Assessments,” test scores have become the primary tool to make high-stakes educational decisions.
As the recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigative series demonstrates, however, many of those exams are severely flawed.  Poorly written questions, inaccurate answers, faulty scoring rules, and other major problems undermine the validity of test results.
Reliance on test results, whether flawed or accurate, often leads to inappropriate decisions. Some students are denied promotion to the next grade because of test scores. Others lose out on high school diplomas because they “failed” a state exam. They are then blocked from access to further education and employment. Without the tools to contribute to society, they risk falling into the criminal justice system. This 

9 Things You Should Never Say To Teachers | toteachornototeach

9 Things You Should Never Say To Teachers | toteachornototeach:

9 Things You Should Never Say To Teachers
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by Rebecca Klein
It hasn’t been an easy go for teachers lately. In major cities like Chicago and Philadelphia, thousands of teachers were laid off this past summer. Meanwhile, the state of North Carolina recently ended teacher tenure and eliminated extra pay for teachers with masters degrees.
Several weeks ago, blogger William E. White pointed out that during back-to-school season in America, “Cartoonists, comedians, pundits, and critics are out in force running down the teaching profession.” However, here at The Huffington Post, we are big fans of teachers, and we think it’s important to show appreciation for them even if mass culture and some state legislatures do not.
As the first weeks of school for many districts draw to a close, we are eager to show teachers what we do — and more importantly — do not think about them. In that vein, we have compiled a list of belittling phrases that you should NEVER say to teachers.
1. “Teaching sounds like such a sweet gig. I mean, you get summers off.”
As teacher bloggers around the Internet can attest, the idea that teachers get summers off is often nothing but a myth. During the summer, many educators teach summer school classes, participate in teacher training, earn advanced degrees and plan for the next year.
2. “I could so be a kindergarten teacher. It’s like

Bring Back Social Studies – From the Pages of The Atlantic | Mr. D's Neighborhood

Bring Back Social Studies – From the Pages of The Atlantic | Mr. D's Neighborhood:

Bring Back Social Studies – From the Pages of The Atlantic

President Bush signing the bipartisan No Child...
The beginning of the end: President Bush signing NCLB at Hamilton H.S. in Hamilton, Ohio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Even if you’ve said it a thousand times, it doesn’t hurt to say it again.
Mr. D’s much more industrious little sister, Dr. D (yep, she finished that doctorate!) drew my attention to this recent article from The Atlantic.  The article advocates stopping the current trend towards neutering social studies as a distinct discipline in American education.
While the article itself breaks no new ground, it encapsulates the history and status of the issue well so that newbies to the struggle get an eye opener–whilst the veterans get a refresher course in the shitstorm that is No Child Left Behind.
Jen Kalaidis opens with the decline of student time spent studying social studies, to a whopping 7.6 percent.  More importantly, she details the history of this 

Success for Our Students Starts with Breakfast | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

Success for Our Students Starts with Breakfast | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights:

Success for Our Students Starts with Breakfast

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By Kelli Windsor, Communications Manager for State Programs, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign
As kids head back to school, educators are focused on how to best ensure students succeed in the classroom and in life. New findings from a national survey released by Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign show that breakfast is key to academic success and that rethinking how we serve school breakfast is crucial to enhancing the educational experience for all. 
Hunger In Our Schools: Teachers’ Report 2013 surveyed more than 1,200 K-8 teachers and principals nationwide. It finds that three out of four K-8 public school teachers and principals see kids who regularly come to school hungry because they aren’t getting enough to eat at home. Extensive academic research shows that hungry students can’t learn, which is why the school breakfast program is so important.  However, of the more than 21 million low-income kids in the U.S. who rely on a free or reduced-price school lunch, only half – about 11 million – currently get a school breakfast even though they qualify.
We can close this gap by creatively rethinking school breakfast. Traditionally schools serve breakfast in the cafeteria before class begins. We’ve learned that moving breakfast ‘after the bell’ can make it easier for students to get a healthy morning meal.
Only one out of every four educators report students eat breakfast after the bell. However, teachers and principals with students that eat breakfast in the classroom are reporting it is apositive experience. Reasons listed include seeing that students are ready to learn (75%) and are not singled out (56%).
One simple change creates many benefits that go beyond alleviating hunger. Teachers and principals who have breakfast in the classroom say they’ve seen improvement in alertness 

D.C. education officials defend test-scoring decision that yielded gains in both math and reading, - The Washington Post

D.C. education officials defend test-scoring decision - The Washington Post:

D.C. education officials defend test-scoring decision


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 District education officials defended their decision to score the city’s 2013 standardized tests in a way that yielded gains in both math and reading, arguing Thursday at a D.C. Council hearing that it was the best way to demonstrate student progress as compared to prior years.
But facing aggressive questions and accusations of score manipulation from the chairman of the council’s Education Committee, officials acknowledged that they made a mistake when they failed to publicly explain their decision when they celebrated historic gains on the tests this summer.
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D.C. education officials defend test-scoring decision

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Montgomery SAT scores: Mixed effect on achievement gap

The entrance exam results show a sharp dip for Hispanic students but gains for African Americans.
Another grading scale, which educators developed to reflect proficiency on tests newly aligned to tougher Common Core academic standards, would have yielded a larger gain in reading but a decline in math. District officials decided not to use that scale after seeing how it would affect scores.
“We need to communicate much better to all stakeholders, and you can be assured that next year’s [test score announcement] will be a very different rollout with a great 

Commission considers performance tests for administrators in training | EdSource Today

Commission considers performance tests for administrators in training | EdSource Today:

principal-stockFive years ago, California became the first state to mandate that all candidates for becoming a teacher demonstrate that they have the skills needed for the classroom.
Soon, it will be aspiring administrators’ turn for a performance assessment.
At its meeting on Friday, the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing will consider – and possibly make a final decision on – requiring that those pursuing a preliminary credential to be an administrator show the practical know-how and strategies needed to lead California’s diverse and complex schools. The commission staff are recommending that an as yet to be designed performance assessment be required of those candidates pursuing a credential through the state’s 66 administrator training programs – the standard process generally taking two years part-time at a college or university – or by taking an exam testing their book knowledge of programs, regulations and requirements of the job, which roughly quarter of the candidates do. (California is the only state allowing this expedited route to a administrative credential.) In 2011-12, the state issued 3,765 preliminary administrative credentials.
A preliminary administrative credential is required to work in a job supervising teachers and areas of instruction, such as  principals and assistant principals, directors of curriculum and personnel. Superintendents don’t have to have it either, though most have been promoted from positions requiring the credential.

Administrative overhaul

The performance assessment is just one element of the commission’s overhaul of the state’s process for preparing and training district administrators – out of the recognition that many aspects of administration have become more demanding. The adoption of the Common Core standards requires different approaches to instruction.  Changing student demographics, a new school 

Can’t we just read? Parents United for Responsible Education

Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Can’t we just read?:

Can’t we just read?

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Recent trips to the local Barnes and Noble with my mom to replenish her store of mystery novels have been working my nerves, already frazzled by the takeover of testing.
Take a look at the new subject headings on the book carrels.BNtestprepcrop
I shared my frustration at a recent More Than a Score meeting and the reaction of one of our members was, “Can’t we just read?”
No, we can’t, according to the Common Core Corps and the test publishers (mostly one and the same). With
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Concentration Camps in America | DailyCensored.com - Breaking Censored News, World, Independent, Liberal News

Concentration Camps in America | DailyCensored.com - Breaking Censored News, World, Independent, Liberal News:

Concentration Camps in America

 
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First he tried to have inmates pay for their own meals (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/04/sheriff-joe-arpaio-inmates-meals_n_2806388.html).  That was back in March of this year.
In Arizona, Maricopa County inmates get two meals a day.  Now the jails will dish up only vegetarian meals for the prisoners in Maricopa County, Arizona where Sherriff Joe Arpaio runs a theatre of cruelty.  Meat now will be replaced by ‘soy’.
Arpaio claims that replacing meat with soy will save taxpayers $100,000 a year. However, we are not talking salads with vegetables or mouthwatering vegetarian dishes and luscious fruits.  And of course Arpaio cares little for prisoners or their rights so we know this is not motivated by health concerns.

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FOX reporter, Troy Hayden stated, when he saw the soy slop to be fed to prisoners:
After a taste, Arpaio claimed he thought the soy-gruel was fine, although even Hayden of FOX News begged to differ.
It doesn’t matter.  The recent move by Arpaio is motivated, he says, by what he calls cost cutting, but even this is a lie.  Arpaio used the same pretext in the past when he bragged at one time that he saved taxpayers $20,000 by eliminating salt and pepper (http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/05/10-worst-prisons-america-joe-arpaio-tent-city).

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