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  • Bush Urges Effort to Close Black and White Students’ Achievement Gap

    04/11/2014 7:15:18 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 112 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 10, 2014 | Peter Baker
    AUSTIN, Tex. — Former President George W. Bush called the achievement gap between white and black children “a national scandal” on Thursday and urged both parties to come together to address it as the central civil rights issue of the modern era. Paying tribute to President Lyndon B. Johnson at a conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Mr. Bush said the real test of the nation’s commitment to equality would be to fix an educational system that has tolerated low standards for too long. “There’s a growing temptation among public officials in both political parties at...
  • L.A. Unified, 7 others get waivers from No Child Left Behind

    08/06/2013 5:16:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 6, 2013 | By Howard Blume
    L.A. Unified and seven other California school districts on Tuesday won relief from some strict and costly provisions of federal education law. Besides Los Angeles, the school districts are Long Beach, Santa Ana, Fresno, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and Sanger.
  • The Obama Setback for Minority Education

    08/07/2013 12:42:06 PM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6 Aug 2013 | Paul E. Peterson
    The Obama administration, teachers unions and some Republicans are joining forces to gut core provisions of the education law that was one of the Bush administration's crowning achievements....No Child Left Behind, which began in 2002, focused on the low performance of African-American and Hispanic students. It required that all students, no matter their race or ethnicity, reach proficiency by 2014. Since minority students had the longest road to travel, schools placed special emphasis on their instruction, and measured the quality of their instruction by ascertaining their performance on standardized tests. .."We can meet high-standards without forcing teachers and students to...
  • GOP yet to schedule No Child Left Behind vote

    07/16/2013 10:33:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2013 7:18 PM EDT | Philip Elliott
    A Republican rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law seems to be losing momentum as conservatives in the party don't think the bill does enough to reduce Washington’s influence and moderates warily eye proposals that would expand charter schools’ role. The sweeping education law’s update was the latest example of fractured Republicans in the House, where the party has a majority but often stumbles over internal disagreements. Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday visited a Washington public charter school and pledged his support for such programs that compete with traditional public schools for students and dollars. The Virginia...
  • No Child Left Behind Faces Long-Awaited Legislative Overhaul

    06/08/2013 4:07:16 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 3 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | June 8, 2013 | Bethany Stotts
    Three Congressional bills have been introduced to alter No Child Left Behind as the 2014 proficiency deadline approaches. Newsmax reported on June 7 that “House Education Committee Chairman John Kline introduced a bill Thursday that would gut the decade-old No Child Left Behind law, returning power to the states to craft their own curriculums without strings attached to qualify for federal school funds” (emphasis added). However, so many states have been granted waivers on No Child Left Behind that the law has been essentially gutted already. Currently, 37 states and the District of Columbia have received waivers which exempt them...
  • Behind Race-Based Education Goals

    11/21/2012 7:04:29 AM PST · by eagleye85 · 6 replies
    Eagleyeblog ^ | November 21, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    A number of states have decided to separate their education achievement goals by race as part of their No Child Left Behind waivers. The question remains whether this move marks a “realistic” approach to education, or a major step backward for education fueled by lowered expectations for racial groups. “I put the question of states adjusting expectations based on a student’s ethnicity to Carla O’Connor, an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan,” writes Emily Richmond for The Atlantic. “O’Connor, who specializes in African-American student achievement and urban education, said the new sliding bar for...
  • No Child Left Behind Waivers Take States by Storm

    10/19/2012 2:58:38 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 10 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | October 19, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    Nationwide states are taking a different road for No Child Left Behind, with 34 states now having applied for or been granted NCLB waivers by the Obama Administration. In particular, Florida has come under fire for its publicized race-based education goals. As the New York Times notes, only eight of 34 states may have avoided this waiver provision. According to Lizette Alvarez, reporting for the Times, “Florida is one of several states required to cut its achievement gap in half for all students by 2018, including those who are black, Hispanic, white, Asian, low-income, disabled or speak English as a...
  • NCLB Waiver Allows Race-Based Education Goals

    10/14/2012 3:41:23 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 8 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | October 14, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    According to CBS Tampa, the Florida State Board of Education just recently “passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race.” It assumes that Asians will perform highest in Florida schools, followed by whites, Hispanics, and African-Americans. This mirrors the proficiencies demonstrated in the pictured ACT Composite scores chart, via “On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above...
  • Texas to Request No Child Left Behind Waivers

    09/08/2012 9:47:53 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 18 replies
    KUT News ^ | September 6th, 2012 | Wells Dunbar
    Texas is asking the federal government to waive requirements associated with No Child Left Behind, the signature package of education reforms championed by former President (and former Texas Governor) George W. Bush. The announcement comes after more than half of Texas schools failed to meet the annually escalating standards last school year. In a message on the Texas Education Agency website, the new Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announces plans to submit requests to the U.S. Department of Education waiving provisions in 2001’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, as well as parts of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act....
  • 10 States Given Waivers From No Child Left Behind Law [Ted Kennedy's Law Fails]

    02/09/2012 9:17:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | February 10, 2012 (sic) | WINNIE HU
    President Obama will waive central provisions of the No Child Left Behind federal education law for 10 states that have embraced his educational agenda and promised to raise standards, and improve accountability and teacher effectiveness, the White House announced on Thursday morning. The 10 states - the first group to receive the waivers - are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, New Jersey and Tennessee. New Mexico was the only state that applied for and did not receive a waiver, but it is working with administration officials to secure approval, the White House said.
  • ‘Let’s Not Weaken It’: An Exclusive Interview with George W. Bush on NCLB

    01/12/2012 8:20:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Time ^ | January 12, 2012 | Andrew J. Rotherman
    No Child Left Behind turned 10 this week, and former President George W. Bush, who led the effort to enact the landmark federal education law, marked the anniversary with an exclusive interview with TIME education columnist Andrew J. Rotherham. Bush discussed the law and its legacy, criticized both parties for trying to walk away from its hard-nosed accountability efforts and called on President Obama to resist “the temptation to take the easy path.”
  • 'No Child Left Behind' 10 years later: Does Bush legislation get a passing grade?

    01/08/2012 1:02:20 PM PST · by chuckee · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Merely a decade ago, the No Child Left Behind Act inspired the country to provide the best education possible to its youth. Yet today, on its tenth anniversary, many say the legislation has not only been ineffective, but it has also been a distraction from what is really needed to fix the education system within the United States. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act was seen as one of the most significant domestic accomplishments of George W. Bush's presidency. He signed NCLB into law in Hamilton, Ohio alongside leaders of the education committees in Congress, which included Representative John...
  • Focus on standardized tests may be pushing some teachers to cheat

    11/07/2011 5:40:59 PM PST · by 68skylark · 8 replies · 9+ views
    LA Times ^ | Nov 6, 2011 | Howard Blume
    The stress was overwhelming. For years, this veteran teacher had received exemplary evaluations but now was feeling pressured to raise her students' test scores. Her principal criticized her teaching and would show up to take notes on her class. She knew the material would be used against her one day. "My principal told me right to my face that she — she was feeling sorry for me because I don't know how to teach," the instructor said. The Los Angeles educator, who did not want to be identified, is one of about three dozen in the state accused this year...
  • A Republican Agenda for Real Change

    10/09/2011 10:07:57 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies
    CATO / Forbes ^ | 2011-10-03 | Doug Bandow
    The desperate search for an acceptable Republican Party presidential candidate continues. Republican leaders apparently are pushing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who previously said no, to jump into the race. The GOP's frustration is palpable. Mitt Romney has been running for four years but generates little enthusiasm. Rick Perry was an instant front-runner before losing much of his support after unimpressive debate performances. Michelle Bachmann briefly streaked across the political firmament but now barely registers in the polls. Newt Gingrich committed political seppuku shortly after announcing his candidacy. Ron Paul's support is fervent but limited. However, the real Republican problem...
  • No Child Left Behind: with waivers, Obama offers states flexibility

    09/23/2011 12:38:16 PM PDT · by Baladas · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The CS Monitor ^ | September 23, 2012 | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo,
    President Obama today unveiled a sweeping plan to give states the flexibility they have been clamoring for under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) education law. The goals behind No Child Left Behind were admirable ... but experience has taught us that in its implementation, [it] had some serious flaws that are hurting our children,” the president said in a White House speech, flanked by students, principals, state education leaders, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
  • Cheating by California teachers invalidates schools' test scores

    09/19/2011 7:30:43 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 18, 2011 | By Howard Blume
    Twenty-two California schools had their test scores thrown out this year. Nearly half the campuses lost their Academic Performance Index scores because of cheating by teachers. Several others were penalized because of help teachers gave students that violated rules. Additionally, some school scores were rejected because of what appeared to be accidental actions. In most cases, schools or school districts turned themselves in. Because of budget cuts, the state Education Department no longer conducts random audits at schools or scans test booklets for irregularities. The number of schools with invalidated test scores remains relatively small but is edging upward. In...
  • Thousands Left Behind

    08/23/2011 2:06:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | August 22, 2011 | Marvin Olasky
    Pastor John Piper and others have told the story of 19th-century evangelist D.L. Moody visiting Scotland and opening his talk at a local grade school by asking rhetorically, "What is prayer?" To his amazement, hundreds of children's hands went up. Moody called on a boy near the front, who promptly stood up and answered, "Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, in the name of Christ, by the help of His Spirit, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of His mercies." Moody, recognizing that as the answer to question No. 78 in the Westminster Catechism,...
  • South Dakota School District Shortens School Week to Cut Costs

    08/21/2011 3:24:56 PM PDT · by redreno · 27 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Published August 21, 2011 | Associated Press
    RENE, S.D. – When the nearly 300 students of the Irene-Wakonda School District returned to school this week, they found a lot of old friends, teachers and familiar routines awaiting them. But one thing was missing: Friday classes. This district in the rolling farmland of southeastern South Dakota is among the latest to adopt a four-day school week as the best option for reducing costs and dealing with state budget cuts to education.
  • STAR test scores up despite statewide school budget cuts [ Steepest cuts net best scores- ever ]

    08/15/2011 8:27:16 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 6 replies
    KABC ^ | Aug 15 2011 | John North
    RESEDA, LOS ANGELES -- The scores are in for Southern California students who took the annual STAR exam. Despite cutbacks and layoffs, scores are up for the ninth straight year. They're at their highest levels since the testing began. At a 10th-grade physiology class at Reseda High School, reading and language skills are combined with mathematics, and there are improved results in the latest statewide Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) examinations given to nearly 5 million students in grades 2 through 11. "Despite the cuts we are seeing that kind of significant progress. It's been steady over the last nine...
  • In $32 Million Contract, State Lays Out Some Rules for Its Standardized Tests

    08/13/2011 2:03:43 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 12, 2011 | SHARON OTTERMAN
    Standardized tests in English and math taken by students in New York State are about to become slightly less tricky. Beginning next spring, a new company, Pearson, will write the standardized tests that the Education Department gives to nearly all third through eighth graders. The department switched to Pearson this year after its contract with another company, CTB/McGraw-Hill, expired. The department has advised the new company that catch-all answer choices known for tripping up students, like “none of the above” and “all of the above” and already rare in the state’s tests, are now banned. Mirroring a national trend toward...
  • States rush to leave No Child law behind

    08/10/2011 6:02:20 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9:40 p.m., Tuesday, August 9, 2011 | Ben Wolfgang
    States are rushing for the No Child Left Behind exit door. Within hours of Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s announcement Monday that he will grant waivers from federal mandates, several states announced that they would apply for relief. Many others are expressing interest, pending the release of more details next month. Tennessee didn’t wait for Mr. Duncan’s news conference: The state sent its waiver request two weeks ago. The mad dash to escape high-stakes testing and gain more flexibility represents “a sense of desperation” among states, said Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators. “There’s no question...
  • Jake Tapper: Today’s Questions’s for Obama’s WH

    08/08/2011 4:52:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 8, 2011 | Jake Tapper
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan joined the briefing at the top to discuss the waivers that the Department is offering states from “No Child Left Behind” until Congress reauthorizes it. TAPPER: And the other question I have is, given that Speaker Boehner was one of the people who helped draft No Child Left Behind, can you explain what the problem is in Congress? DUNCAN: Well, I think you guys understand Congress a lot better than I do. TAPPER: I hope not.
  • Cheating report confirms teacher's suspicions [Atlanta]

    08/08/2011 2:44:36 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 8, 2011 | Paul Frysh
    Julie Rogers-Martin had started to doubt her teaching skills. After 30 years in education, working mostly with underprivileged inner-city students, Rogers-Martin felt she had developed a level of competence and professionalism that can only be gained from hard work and experience. Her superiors at East Lake Elementary School in the Atlanta Public Schools system where she taught for six years seemed to agree. Administrators held her up as a model, praising her classroom management skills and use of technology and showcasing her class to parents and administrators, she says. But between 2007 and 2009 a strange thing started happening: Some...
  • Obama Exempting Schools From Testing Mandate

    08/08/2011 2:22:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Big Hairy News ^ | August 8, 2011 | Scooter Van Neuter
    Obama administration Education Secretary Arne Duncan is announcing today a system of waivers relieving public schools from federally-mandated reading and math proficiency tests.
  • Obama Administration Exempting Schools From Federal Law’s Testing Mandate

    08/08/2011 5:29:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 54 replies
    AP/CNS News ^ | Monday, August 08, 2011 | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP
    State and local education officials have been begging the federal government for relief from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law, but school starts soon and Congress still hasn't answered the call. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break. The plan to offer waivers to all 50 states, as long as they meet other school reform requirements, comes at the request of President Barack Obama, Duncan said. More details on the waivers will come in September, he said. The goal of the No Child Left...
  • White House to bypass Congress, issue waivers for 'No Child Left Behind'

    08/08/2011 9:09:45 AM PDT · by maggief · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 8, 2011 | Russell Berman
    The Obama administration will change aspects of the “No Child Left Behind” education law by executive action rather than wait for a congressional overhaul, officials announced Monday. The Department of Education will issue waivers to states granting them relief from penalties under the 2002 law that could take effect next year. The announcement by the White House and education secretary Arne Duncan is a slap at the Republican-led House, where efforts at a bipartisan overhaul of the George W. Bush-era law have progressed slowly. President Obama had called on Congress to revise and reauthorize the law before leaving for its...
  • Every Issue Except Cheating Taken Up At NEA Convention

    07/25/2011 5:25:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 25, 2011 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
    A national scandal hit the news when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal released a 413-page report describing how hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals had been cheating during the past 10 years on standardized tests in order to falsely report that their schools were doing a good job and the kids were improving. A total of 178 teachers and principals (38 were principals), 82 of whom have already confessed, had fraudulently raised test scores so their schools would meet test targets set by the district and thereby qualify for federal funds. The truth came out after a 10-month inquiry...
  • Who Will Be Held Responsible in the Atlanta Public School Cheating Scandal?

    07/19/2011 11:58:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | July 19, 2011 | Lori Drummer
    Almost two weeks after Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R) released a report last week that detailed evidence of cheating on the state test in the Atlanta Public School System (APS), parents are still left to wonder who will be held responsible for these appalling actions. The report found that 44 of APS’s 56 schools – or 78.6 percent of the schools in Atlanta – had teachers or principals collect students’ test, check their work, and correct wrong answers before submitting the tests for the official grading process. In fact, of the 44 schools where widespread cheating occurred, 38 principals were...
  • Ed Dept. Looks Into Possible Cheating On Pa. Tests

    07/13/2011 5:03:17 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 11 replies
    WPXI ^ | July 12, 2011
    PITTSBURGH -- The Pennsylvania Department of Education is looking into a newly surfaced report indicating possible cheating on state standardized tests. The data forensics report examines results of the 2009 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, or PSSA. The annual tests measure math and reading skills in students statewide. The report flags exam scores in about 35 districts, plus some charter schools. It does not assert cheating occurred, but says that certain answer patterns and erasures make the results suspicious.
  • District attorneys weigh indictments in APS cheating case (Atlanta Public Schools)

    07/10/2011 8:16:34 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 26 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 9, 2011 | Bill Rankin
    The Atlanta schools cheating case is now in the hands of three local district attorneys, who must decide whether the scandal is also criminal. District attorneys in Fulton, DeKalb and Douglas counties said they are reviewing the voluminous report by state investigators and will decide whether to seek indictments. Douglas County DA David McDade said Friday he expects it will take prosecutors a considerable amount of time to reach decisions. He noted that the GBI’s investigative file in the case amasses 120 volumes. As prosecutors consider their options, scores of current and former APS educators and administrators, some at the...
  • Obama says too much testing makes education boring (use attendance to judge schools)

    03/29/2011 5:29:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 28, 2011 | Erica Werner, AP
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Monday that students should take fewer standardized tests and school performance should be measured in other ways. Too much testing makes education boring for kids, he said. "Too often what we have been doing is using these tests to punish students," the president told students and parents at a town hall hosted by the Univision Spanish-language television network at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. Obama, who is pushing a rewrite of the nation's education law that would ease some of its rigid measurement tools, said policymakers should find a test that "everybody...
  • Education Spending Has a Simple Solution

    03/22/2011 7:56:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | March 22, 2011 | Phyllis Schlafley
    As the new Republican House majority wrestles with ways to cut our unsustainable budget deficit, Barack Obama threw down the gauntlet. On March 14, he said, "We cannot cut education." But why not? If we are going to cut programs that are proven to have failed to achieve their goals, federal spending on education should be at the top of the list. Federal spending on public schools (which is only a small percentage of their school budgets) was given specific goals in the 2002 law called "No Child Left Behind," the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It...
  • SHOCK: 82% of US schools 'failing'...

    An estimated 82 percent of U.S. schools could be labeled as "failing" under the nation's No Child Left Behind Act this year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday Department of Education estimates the number of schools not meeting targets will skyrocket from 37 to 82 percent in 2011 because states are toughening their standards to meet the requirements of the law. The schools will face sanctions ranging from offering tutoring to closing their doors "No Child Left Behind is broken and we need to fix it now," Duncan said in a statement. "This law has created a thousand ways for...
  • Duncan: No Child denies 'birthright'

    03/04/2011 10:02:58 AM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 03/04/11 | MJ LEE
    Arne Duncan is renewing his criticism of the No Child Left Behind law passed under George W. Bush as the education secretary visits a high school with the former president's brother. Duncan, who will accompany President Obama to Miami on Friday to visit the school, wrote in an op-ed that the education measure has denied students an “American birthright.” “Under the 2002 No Child Left Behind law ... millions of children continue to be denied their one shot at an American birthright — an education that opens the door to college, careers, and opportunity,” Duncan wrote in the Miami Herald,...
  • Welfare As We Want It

    10/26/2010 10:19:36 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 26, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A historian at Penn makes the case that education is a welfare benefit then goes on to virtually endorse it as such. “Welfare is the most despised public institution in America,” Michael Katz writes in the Summer 2010 issue of Dissent, a publication of the University of Pennsylvania. “Public education is the most iconic.” [Italics in original.] “To associate them with each other will strike most Americans as bizarre, even offensive.” Katz then goes on to do just that. “First, most concretely, for more than a century schools have been used as agents of the welfare state to deliver social...
  • Race To Cop Out

    09/13/2010 11:49:21 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 13, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The nation’s largest teachers’ union—the National Education Association—has gone on record with reservations about the Obama Administration’s education reforms. “After a protracted and contentious debate, NEA delegates narrowly passed a ‘no confidence’ vote on the Department of Education’s Race to the Top (RTT) grant competition guidelines, and on the use of competitive grants in the upcoming Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization,” The Education Reporter reports. “The measure was a symbolic swing at the Obama administration’s policies, but stopped short of naming or criticizing President Obama, whom the union spent tens of millions of dollars to elect.” “Union leaders...
  • School reform's meager results

    09/12/2010 12:28:21 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 6, 2010 | Robert J. Samuelson
    ... Since the 1960s, waves of "reform" haven't produced meaningful achievement gains. The most reliable tests are given by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The reading and math tests, graded on a 0-500 scale, measure 9-year-olds, 13-year-olds and 17-year-olds. In 1971, the initial year for the reading test, the average score for 17-year-olds was 285; in 2008, the average score was 286. The math test started in 1973, when 17-year-olds averaged 304; in 2008, the average was 306. To be sure, some improvements have occurred in elementary schools. But what good are they if they're erased by high...
  • No Cheating Left Behind

    09/09/2010 6:31:11 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 9, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    If test scores look too good to be true, they probably are. “Yet another test-tampering scandal has erupted, this time involving teachers at Normandy Crossing Elementary School in suburban Houston, Texas,” Sarah McIntosh reported in the September 2010 issue of School Reform News. “When test results came back, many were amazed at astonishing improvement in state science test scores.” “The scores were so good, Galena Park Independent School District officials decided to launch an investigation. As a result, Normandy Crossing’s principal, assistant principal, and three teachers resigned in late May.” “The Texas teachers reportedly put together a study guide to...
  • States Awarded Grants to Improve (Bastardize) Achievement Tests

    09/02/2010 1:55:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 2, 2010 | Sam Dillon
    The Department of Education on Thursday awarded $330 million to two groups of states to design new standardized tests to replace the end-of-year reading and math exams used over the past decade to measure achievement under the federal No Child Left Behind law. The new tests, which are to be aligned with the common academic standards that nearly 40 states have adopted in recent months, are to be ready for the 2014-15 school year, the department said. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the new tests would be of higher quality than the exams most states use now, which he has...
  • The Testing Mess - The fastest way to “improve” students’ performance: Lower your standards.

    08/05/2010 9:17:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | August 4, 2010 | Sol Stern
    The Testing MessThe fastest way to “improve” students’ performance: Lower your standards.  The only thing surprising about last week’s revelation that the fraction of New York City students passing the state’s reading and math tests had dropped by an average of 25 percentage points is that anyone was surprised at all. Student pass rates dropped precipitously all across New York State for one reason, and one reason only: State education commissioner David Steiner and Board of Regents chancellor Merryl Tisch decided to make the tests less predictable this year, and to raise the “cut scores” required for students to reach...
  • Under Pressure, Teachers Tamper With Test Scores

    06/10/2010 1:12:32 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies · 618+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 10, 2010 | Trip Gabriel
    The staff of Normandy Crossing Elementary School outside Houston eagerly awaited the results of state achievement tests this spring. For the principal and assistant principal, high scores could buoy their careers at a time when success is increasingly measured by such tests. For fifth-grade math and science teachers, the rewards were more tangible: a bonus of $2,850. But when the results came back, some seemed too good to be true. Indeed, after an investigation by the Galena Park Independent School District, the principal, assistant principal and three teachers resigned May 24 in a scandal over test tampering. The district said...
  • Bush Was a Statist, Not a Conservative

    04/12/2010 10:30:40 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 172 replies · 2,300+ views
    CATO @ Liberty ^ | 2010-04-12 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    A former White House speechwriter, Mark Thiessen, has jumped to the defense of his former boss, writing for the Washington Post that George W. Bush “established a conservative record without parallel.” Even by the loose standards of Washington, that is a jaw-dropping assertion. I’ve been explaining for years that Bush was a big-government advocate, even writing a column back in 2007 for the Washington Examiner pointing out that Clinton had a much better economic record from a free-market perspective. I also groused to the Wall Street Journal the following year about Bush’s dismal performance. “Bush doesn’t have a conservative legacy”...
  • One Classroom, From Sea to Shining Sea (nanny staters want to end local control of schools)

    04/12/2010 10:10:21 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 38 replies · 1,298+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2010-03-19 | Susan Jacoby
    American public education, a perennial whipping boy for both the political right and left, is once again making news in ways that show how difficult it will be to cure what ails the nation’s schools. Only last week, President Obama declared that every high school graduate must be fully prepared for college or a job (who knew?) and called for significant changes in the No Child Left Behind law. In Kansas City, Mo., officials voted to close nearly half the public schools there to save money. And the Texas Board of Education approved a new social studies curriculum playing down...
  • Parents Deserve Louder Voice in Country's Education Debate

    04/12/2010 10:04:12 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 405+ views
    CATO ^ | 2010-03-23 | Gene Healy
    While Washington, D.C., focuses on the federal power grab in health care, there's another ongoing drive for regimentation that hasn't received the scrutiny it deserves. A panel of educators assembled by 48 state governors and school superintendents just released a uniform set of math and reading standards for the nation's students. If the Common Core State Standards Initiative were totally voluntary, there would be little to fear. But for too many education reformers, whatever is not forbidden is compulsory. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said that "if we accomplish one thing in the coming years, it should be...
  • Obama To Take Over Education In America

    03/20/2010 9:02:23 AM PDT · by clarkster · 12 replies · 608+ views
    South Bronx School Blog ^ | March 16, 2010 | Bronx Teacher
    I was born and raised a Democrat. My grandfather was a precinct captain for Tweed (the political machine, not the DOE) back in the day. He did the grunt work. Registered voters in cemeteries, voted many times in many places on election day, and left turkeys on the doorsteps of the indigent just before election day. I believe in the principles of the Democratic Party even though I have a strong libertarian bent, and actually conservative on some issues. I am not one of these Originialists when it comes to the Constitution and the role of the federal government in...
  • President Obama changing 'No Child Left Behind'

    03/14/2010 6:29:15 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 21 replies · 693+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 3/14/2010 | Rachael Monaghan
    President Obama announced plans Saturday to overhaul the controversial No Child Left Behind act - even dropping its well-known name. The new Elementary and Secondary Education Act will focus on providing incentives to schools that make progress toward better educating the nation's students instead of punishing schools that don't meet benchmarks, Obama said. During his weekly radio address, Obama said that he expects to submit to Congress tomorrow a blueprint for dismantling No Child, which was adopted under former President George Bush. The plan focuses on preparing students for college and careers and on bolstering teachers' skills. "Under these guidelines,...
  • Obama Calls for Sweeping Change in Education Law (The push to Marxism)

    03/14/2010 9:43:16 AM PDT · by pissant · 28 replies · 971+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/14/10 | Sam Dillon
    The Obama administration on Saturday called for a broad overhaul of President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind law, proposing to reshape divisive provisions that encouraged instructors to teach to tests, narrowed the curriculum, and labeled one in three American schools as failing. By announcing that he would send his education blueprint to Congress on Monday, President Obama returned to a campaign promise to repair the sprawling federal law, which affects each of the nation’s nearly 100,000 public schools. His plan strikes a careful balance, retaining some key features of the Bush-era law, including its requirement for annual reading...
  • Obama promise: Brighter education futures for kids

    03/13/2010 6:25:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 724+ views
    AP on ^ | 3/13/10 | Dorie Turner - ap
    ATLANTA (AP) -- President Barack Obama is promising parents and their kids that with his administration's help they will have better teachers in improved schools so U.S. students can make up for academic ground lost against youngsters in other countries. A plan to overhaul the 2002 education law championed by President George W. Bush was unveiled by the Obama administration Saturday in hopes of replacing a system that in the last decade has tagged more than a third of schools as failing and created a hodgepodge of sometimes weak academic standards among states. "Unless we take action — unless we...
  • Obama promise: Focus on getting kids to college

    03/13/2010 3:19:47 PM PST · by driftdiver · 30 replies · 668+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | March 13, 2010 | Dorie Turner
    ATLANTA – President Barack Obama is promising parents and their kids that with his administration's help they will have better teachers in improved schools so U.S. students can make up for academic ground lost against youngsters in other countries. A plan to overhaul the 2002 education law championed by President George W. Bush was unveiled by the Obama administration Saturday in hopes of replacing a system that in the last decade has tagged more than a third of schools as failing and created a hodgepodge of sometimes weak academic standards among states. "Unless we take action — unless we step...
  • Obama to Propose New Reading and Math Standards

    02/22/2010 5:31:00 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 69 replies · 1,027+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 21, 2010 | Sam Dillon
    In a proposed change to the No Child Left Behind law, the Obama administration would require states to adopt new academic standards to qualify for federal money from a $14 billion program that concentrates on impoverished students, the White House said Sunday. The proposal, part of the administration’s recommendations for a Congressional overhaul of the law, would require states to adopt “college- and career-ready standards” in reading and mathematics. The current law, signed by President George W. Bush in 2002, requires states to adopt “challenging academic standards” in reading and math to receive federal money for poor students under the...