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Teachers union chief offers four steps to boost US results on PISA test - CSMonitor.com

Teachers union chief offers four steps to boost US results on PISA test - CSMonitor.com:

Teachers union chief offers four steps to boost US results on PISA test

At a Monitor-hosted breakfast, Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.5-million-member American Federation of Teachers, said the US could look to other countries for ways to improve the lackluster performance on the PISA test.

By David CookStaff writer / December 4, 2013

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten speaks at the St. Regis Hotel on December 4, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
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The United States placed well out of the lead in an international test of 15-year-old students in science, math, and reading whose results were released this week.
At a Monitor-hosted breakfast for reporters on Wednesday, Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.5-million-member American Federation of Teachers, offered four steps for improving the nation’s performance on future versions of the Program for International Assessment (PISA) test. (To view a C-SPAN video of the breakfast, click here.)
She cautioned that the US is different from Shanghai, China, and Finland, among the many countries whose students outperformed Americans. Still, she said, “we have to look at some of the things that they have done and say can we adapt that here.”
Results from of the 2012 PISA test given to 510,000 students in 65 countries showed that 29 countries or education systems had higher math scores than the US, while in science American 15-year-olds were outranked by their counterparts in 22 countries, and in reading by teens in 19 nations. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the results a "picture of educational stagnation."
Ms. Weingarten, who previously taught history at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., began her list by noting that “the countries that out-compete us actually really value, deeply respect, and value public education.” She argued that the PISA results offer “a big caution flag” for policies where public schools have to compete with other choices.
“Number two,” said Weingarten, the PISA data say "a lot about preparing teachers, supporting teachers, giving them time to collaborate.”
Her third observation was that in countries that outperform the US, parents “are really engaged – not just told what to do but they are really engaged."
“Number four,” Weingarten said, is that “the Common Core matters and standards matter but 

Starting Pay ≤ My Pay < Top Pay | JD2718

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Starting Pay ≤ My Pay < Top Pay

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That little inequality would be true in any district. But what would the numbers be?
I guess you should know that this is my 17th year. I have a Masters. And I’ve collected a bunch of additional credits, but no additional degrees. Probably if we added up the advanced credits, it would be around 30, but I padded that with some credit by examination a few years ago, so in NYC I am closer to 50. Not that those credits matter elsewhere. You should also know that I am on sabbatical this year, so I am not drawing full pay. But for this exercise, let’s pretend I am.
The list includes all the towns and cities in Westchester and Nassau that border NYC, and I’ve thrown in the NYC rates from September 1997, when I started, to boot.
DistrictStarting Teacherjd2718Top Teacher(deg, years)
NYC 1997$28,749$28,749$60,000MA+30, 23 yrs
NYC 2013$45,530$85,426$100,049MA+30, 23 yrs
Yonkers 2010$57,772$118,709$131,016PhD, 30 yrs
Mt Vernon 2009$51,540$109,616$122,275PhD, 20 yrs
Pelham 2012$52,931$119,308$137,433PhD, 25 yrs
New Rochelle 2013$54,969$119,593$131,839MA+90 or PhD, 20 yrs
Great Neck 2013$56,829$119,270$136,856PhD, 25 yrs

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as you can read in this Washington Post story, just up, written in part by Barton Gellman using his access to the documents provided by Edward Snowden. The snips I offer will be without the hot links, which you can get from the original piece. The opening paragraph reads The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, acco


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