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AACC Day Three - Blog: Confessions of a Community College Dean Pathways are great, but sometimes you have to explore. Monday was about going off the beaten path a bit. Th...
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Recently I had the opportunity to testify before the Education Committee of the Connecticut Legislature. I commented that education policy in our state sadly resembles the phenomenon of the “Macarena.”Play along for a moment. Let your mind drift back 20 years or so to any random wedding. When the “Rent a DJ” wanted to get the dance floor moving you could hear the drumbeat and the lyrics, “Dale a tu cuerpo alegria Macarena.” Suddenly, the house was jumping, hips were swaying, hands were clapping, and everyone from your 5-year-old nephew to your great aunt were doing the Macarena.Now fast forward to present day. The same stale “Rent a DJ” reaches back and tries to conjure up some dance magic. You hear that familiar drumbeat. But, instead of filling up the dance floor, all that is left are two embarrassingA Clarion Call for Action – Superintendent Scarice speaks out for students, parents, teachers and Connecticut - Wait What?:
My name is Manuel Alfaro, former executive director with the College Board. I was recruited in 2013 by David Coleman, President of the College Board, to reform the SAT. The College Board will tell you that I am a disgruntled employee. This statement would not be entirely wrong, but it would not be entirely correct either. I am a disillusioned idealist, shocked by the reality I encountered at the College Board.I just started a petition on the White House Petitions site, We the People to ask the federal government to investigate the College Board for making false claims about the redesigned SAT: https://wh.gov/is3Sf …My first assignment with the College Board was to review a draft of the test specifications for the redesigned SAT. The document had been created by two of David Coleman’s cronies, two authors of the Common Core. This document is now known as the “research-based, empirical backbone” of the SAT Suite of Assessments. Back then, it was a subset of standards taken straight from the high school and middle school Common Core. My instructions were to rubberstamp the selection of standards and to rewrite the standard descriptions to make them unrecognizable, so that no one could tell they were Common Core.
David Coleman and the College Board have made transparency a key selling point of the redesigned SAT. Their commitment to transparency is proclaimed proudly in public documents and in public speeches and presentations. However, public documents, such as the Test Specifications for the Redesigned SAT (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/test-specifications-redesigned-sat-1.pdf), contain crucial statements and claims that are fabrications. Similar false claims are also included in proposals the College Board wrote in bids for state assessments—I got the proposals from states that make them public.To corroborate my statements and allegations, I needed the College Board to administer the tests. If I had gone public before the tests were administered, the College Board could have spun this whole matter as “research” orFormer College Board Exec: New SAT Hastily Thrown Together; Students: March SAT Recycled in June | deutsch29: