Monday, October 12, 2015

Is kindergarten too young to suspend a student?


Is kindergarten too young to suspend a student?


At the largest charter school network in New York City, strict academic and behavior standards set the stage for learning. That doesn't exclude children as young as 5 or 6 years old, who can be given out-of-school suspensions if they don't follow the rules. Special correspondent for education John Merrow explores what that policy means for both the child and the school.




Louisiana Educator: Conversion Tables Reveals White Lowering the Bar. . . . Again!

Louisiana Educator: Conversion Tables Reveals White Lowering the Bar. . . . Again!:

Conversion Tables Reveals White Lowering the Bar. . . . Again!

Release of Secret Conversion Tables for PARCC Forced by Public Records Request. 






Louisiana citizens will be the first ones in the PARCC testing group to see the critical conversion tables, that are used for producing the scale scores.  It only happened because of a formal public records request and the threat of a lawsuit against White for withholding public records.

The 33 member citizens public records request filed on October 1, included a request for a copy of the conversion tables for converting raw PARCC scores to the new PARCC scale scores. Those conversion tables were finally released by White today along with a calculation of the percentage of students scoring Basic, Mastery and Advanced. The newspapers will give you the percentages of students deemed performing satisfactory by the setting of the cut scores but the subject of this post is the lowering of the academic bar once again by Superintendent White.

Those conversion tables reveal absurdly low cut scores for ratings of Basic and Mastery. The percentage of students getting a rating or Basic or above depend upon BESE adopting the lowest passing scores in the history of Accountability testing in Louisiana! (by far)

Would you believe that White's cut scores for Basic performance on the 3rd grade English-Language Arts test would require students to only get 30% of the available raw points on the test correct to get a rating of Basic?

A student can receive a rating of Basic on 7th grade math by 
Louisiana Educator: Conversion Tables Reveals White Lowering the Bar. . . . Again!:


Don Neilson, the Discovery Institute and Intelligent Design | Seattle Education

Don Neilson, the Discovery Institute and Intelligent Design | Seattle Education:

Don Neilson, the Discovery Institute and Intelligent Design



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Don Nielson


Don Nielson recently had yet another op ed published by the Seattle Times, a newspaper which has provided many wealthy (white) men with a platform and microphone to share their opinions with the rest of us on public education. This time Mr. Nielson wanted to state that a lack of adequate funding for public schools is not the problem, it’s having an elected school board among other things.
What came to my attention, thanks to my co-editor’s sleuthing, was the fact that the same Don Nielson is also a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute and “chair of the Institute’s program on public education reform.”
discovery instituteThat wouldn’t be too shocking except for two items. First, Don Nielson has had a great influence over Seattle Public Schools in the past and continues to try and influence the public conversation now, and also because the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture is “dedicated to the reinvigoration of traditional Western principles and institutions and the worldview from which they issued” and is “the institutional hub for scientists, educators, and inquiring minds who think that nature supplies compelling evidence of intelligent design. We support research, sponsor educational programs, defend free speech, and produce articles, books, and multimedia content.” And here’s another good one: “Discovery Institute has a special concern for the role that science and technology play in our culture and how they can advance free markets, illuminate public policy and support the theistic foundations of the West.”
With all this in mind, let me take you back a bit.
In 2010 I wrote the first in a series of posts titled “The Battle for Seattle” which provides a history of the Broad Foundation in Seattle and the attempt at a corporate takeover of Don Neilson, the Discovery Institute and Intelligent Design | Seattle Education:

Reading prepares students for living and learning outside the text | Johnathan Chase | LinkedIn

Reading prepares students for living and learning outside the text | Johnathan Chase | LinkedIn:

Reading prepares students for living and learning outside the text

Reading prepares students for living and learning outside the text


Common Core's emphasis on deep analysis of text and discrete literacy skills is misguided and will not improve the college and career readiness of students.
These standards do not properly prepare our students for the real world literacy challenges of lifelong learning and employment.
As I previously commented here, the standards demand students think critically as they stay connected and dive into text, while most employers desire workers who think creatively while connecting with people as they dive into their work.
Proficient close readers will spend days determining "how the text works" while productive employees will achieve much more in just a few hours of putting their imagination to work.
I also previously commented that when it comes to success in college and careers, the ability to independently master complex informational text is far less important than students having learned how to maximize their talents and master themselves.
Our students and our nation would be better served by standards that cultivate Reading prepares students for living and learning outside the text | Johnathan Chase | LinkedIn:

School Reformers Who Blame Public Schools for Eliminating Special Education

School Reformers Who Blame Public Schools for Eliminating Special Education:

School Reformers Who Blame Public Schools for Eliminating Special Education

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I see Washington Post Columnist Jay Matthews as someone who usually cheerleads for privatization of public schools. I take issue with his Sunday Washington Postarticle “How can a special education student fail finals yet pass? Sadly, it’s easy.”
Oh help! Is this not a case of the right hand not being able to find the left hand of reform?
Matthews laments over a father’s issues with not being able to get realistic services for his daughter, who has learning disabilities at the well-respected Walt Whitman High School in Montgomery County, Virginia.
Oliver Hirschfeld’s daughter is a senior, and while she got the special education services she needed in ninth and 10th grade, she didn’t get self-contained classes in 11th and 12th grade.
I have a tough time learning the material, she said in reference to the large regular class sizes.
Now she is being passed through classes without getting the skills that would help her get into community college, and Mr. Hirchfeld and Matthews are critical of the school pushing the student through and not giving her a smaller self-contained class placement.
Well join the club! Many students are now disengaged from meaningful IEPs. It is more School Reformers Who Blame Public Schools for Eliminating Special Education:

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