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  • Obama calls for less standardized testing in schools, addressing nationwide concerns

    10/27/2015 6:23:34 AM PDT · by massmike · 22 replies ^ | 10/27/2015 | n/a
    Obama on Saturday called for limiting the amount of standardized educational testing to two percent of classroom time, addressing the growing concern across the county about an over emphasis on test taking. "Learning is about so much more than just filling in the right bubble," Obama said in a video released on Facebook. Obama and outgoing Education Secretary Arne Duncan plan an Oval Office meeting Monday with teachers and school officials who are working to reduce testing time. Obama’s efforts should be welcome news for teachers and their powerful and largely pro-Democrat unions that say educators’ performance evaluations shouldn’t be...
  • Obama encourages limits on standardized student tests

    10/25/2015 8:08:43 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 25 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | October 24, 2015 | Josh Lederman and Jennifer C. Kerr
    Addressing one of education’s most divisive issues, President Barack Obama on Saturday called for capping standardized testing at 2 percent of classroom time and said the government shares responsibility for turning tests into the be-all and end-all of American schools.
  • Students score low on California’s new standardized tests

    09/09/2015 2:51:25 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 9, 2015 | Jill Tucker
    California schools posted standardized test scores Wednesday for the first time in two years, and the results were not stellar. Just one-third of the state’s public-school students were tested as proficient for their grade level in math and only 44 percent in English, state education officials said. Under the old test in 2013, 51 percent of students were proficient in math and 56 percent in English.
  • Alexander, Murray Bill Tightens the Screws of Mandated Assessments

    06/30/2015 9:56:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | June 30, 2015 | Jane Robbins
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Heidi Huber, founder of Operation Opt Out Ohio.Parents across the nation are in open revolt against the testing mania that has seized public schools under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Common Core national standards. In some states, thousands of students — 200,000 in New York alone — are refusing the “mandatory” assessments. One would think the Washington politicos who are writing the NCLB reauthorization bill would take note of this widespread rebellion and would ease — or better still, eliminate — the federal testing requirements. But unlike the repentant thief who...
  • Choose To Refuse: Say "No" to PARCC/SBAC Testing

    01/28/2015 4:07:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | January 28 | Michelle Malkin
    This is National School Choice Week, but I want to talk about parents' school testing choice. Moms and dads, you have the inherent right and responsibility to protect your children. You can choose to refuse the top-down Common Core racket of costly standardized tests of dubious academic value, reliability and validity. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I'm reminding you of your right to choose because the spring season of testing tyranny is about to hit the fan. Do you object to the time being taken away from your kids' classroom learning? Are you alarmed by the intrusive data-sharing and...
  • Forget 'Bullying Prevention Month' real school bullies are the teachers union

    10/17/2014 5:08:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-16-14 | Kyle Olson
    The National Education Association is highlighting October as “Bullying Prevention Month.” "I hope to never hear an educator or a parent or a Sunday school teacher say to a frightened bullied child, 'Just ignore it.' Schools that are seeing a decrease in bullying are not ignoring it. They are acting," NEA president Lily Eskelsen Garcia said, according to the NEA website. Kudos to the union for focusing on the problem, but it might be taken a little more seriously if its rhetoric didn’t ring so hollow. When it comes to public school governance, the NEA and its state and local...
  • Standardized Test Time Suck

    06/20/2014 7:06:38 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 19, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    Why are classrooms silent right before summer break arrives instead of buzzing with uplifting and educated conversation? The answer can usually be found taped to the closed classroom door: “Do not disturb. Test in progress.” standarized test For years, all across the nation, standardized tests have been administered to children and teenagers with hopes to measure and improve education. The endless variations of these tests and the myriad of acronyms invented to describe their purposes often leave students feeling uncertain as to why they are being tested, especially when in some cases, they won’t even see their scores. Tests can...
  • Good Riddance: Common Core Backlash Claims New Political Casualties

    05/09/2014 4:46:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | May 9, 2014 | Michelle Malin
    All politics is local. So Republican politicians with national ambitions better pay attention to what grassroots parents are saying and doing about the federal education racket known as Common Core. In bellwether Indiana this week, anti-Common Core activists won a pair of pivotal electoral victories against GOP Gov. Mike Pence. Pence's attempt to mollify critics by rebranding and repackaging shoddy Common Core standards is fooling no one. Tuesday's Republican primary elections in the Hoosier state resulted in the landslide defeat of two establishment incumbents running for statewide re-election. Pence had endorsed GOP State Rep. Kathy Heuer over challenger Christopher Judy....
  • The Common Core Conundrum

    04/18/2014 3:14:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | April 18, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Common Core State Standards could be the under-the-radar issue of the 2014 campaign. Business leaders and politicians had their hearts in the right place. We are a highly mobile society. People are likely to move more than once for jobs. Often they move their whole families to new school districts. Sometimes families move across the country. Children, particularly children whose parents are in the military, are prone to be disadvantaged in education if they move around. A school in one part of the country may be ahead of, behind or on altogether different subjects than a former school is. Because...
  • Get To Know the Common Core Marketing Overlords

    03/21/2014 4:30:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | March 21, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    They're everywhere. Turn on Fox News, local news, Animal Planet, HGTV, The Family Channel or talk radio. Pro-Common Core commercials have been airing ad nauseam in a desperate attempt to persuade American families to support the beleaguered federal education standards/testing/technology racket. Who's funding these public relations pushes? D.C. lobbyists, entrenched politicians and Big Business interests. The foundational myth of Common Core is that it's a "state-led" initiative with grassroots support that was crafted by local educators for the good of all of our children. But the cash and power behind the new ad campaign tell you all you need to...
  • Daring to Love Your Dream

    03/13/2014 11:01:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | March 13, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Almost two decades ago, heartbroken and single, I wrote out a list that described the man of my dreams. Less than two years later, my husband and I married, proving that dreams do indeed come true (yes, he met and even exceeded all criterion). As a child, I spent hours staring up into the sky, watching the clouds, dreaming of what might be one day. As I grew older, I became more grounded in reality -- the reality of college, graduate school, working and children. As my husband and I have watched our children (now 12 and 14) grow, the...
  • Solutions to Black Education

    02/26/2014 4:36:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | February 26, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    A fortnight ago, my column focused on how Philadelphia's schoolteachers have joined public-school teachers in cities such as Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Columbus, New York and Washington in changing student scores on academic achievement tests. Teachers have held grade fixing parties, sometimes wearing rubber gloves to hide fingerprints. In some cases, poorly performing students were excused from taking exams to prevent them from dragging down averages. As a result of investigations, a number of schoolteachers and administrators have been suspended, fired or indicted by states attorneys general. Most of these cheating scandals have occurred in predominantly black schools across the...
  • Standardized Absurdity: A Preview of Common Core Testing, Part 2

    01/29/2014 1:13:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | January 29, 2014 | Terence Moore
    We shall continue with our Common Core standardized exam, provided by the testing consortium Smarter Balanced. Recall that this is an eleventh-grade English Language Arts examination. Much Ado About Much Ado About Nothing It was the first day back at school after the holiday break. Our drama teacher, Mrs. Kent, handed out our next assignment: an in-depth study of a scene from one of Shakespeare’s plays. I was so excited to see that I had been assigned a scene from Much Ado About Nothing. Finally, here was my long-awaited opportunity to act out a comedy scene from Shakespeare! My joy...
  • Standardized Absurdity: A Preview of Common Core Testing, Part 1

    01/28/2014 12:40:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | January 28, 2014 | Terence Moore
    Let’s put the Common Core to the test. Specifically, let’s look at a pilot standardized examination created by Smarter Balanced, one of the two testing consortia formed to create exams aligned to the Common Core, the educational regimen that prevails in forty-five states in the nation. We shall leave aside the questions of why everyone has been so quiet about what these tests will look like and whether states outsourcing testing to unaccountable agencies that will in turn dictate the curricula of the schools constitutes a gross violation of the principle of local control. For now we shall simply try...
  • Dishonest Educators

    01/09/2013 12:21:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | January 9, 2013 | Walter E.Williams
    Nearly two years ago, U.S. News & World Report came out with a story titled "Educators Implicated in Atlanta Cheating Scandal." It reported that "for 10 years, hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals changed answers on state tests in one of the largest cheating scandals in U.S. history." More than three-quarters of the 56 Atlanta schools investigated had cheated on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test, sometimes called the national report card. Cheating orders came from school administrators and included brazen acts such as teachers reading answers aloud during the test and erasing incorrect answers. One...
  • Union Boss: What’s the Rush on Increasing Teacher Quality?

    12/29/2012 11:33:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    When American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten proposed a “bar exam” of sorts for teacher prospects, it was hailed as a step forward in improving teacher quality, reported. But some of Weingarten’s underlings don’t know what all the fuss is about. She either didn’t run the idea past her deputies, or they didn’t approve and she trotted it out anyway. Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion said if teachers would be subjected to such a test, they better get a pay raise. "What we're doing is testing, testing, testing, testing. At some point we need to...
  • A Hundred Percent of Nothing

    12/19/2012 12:03:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 19, 2012 | Walter E Williams
    JoAnn Watson, Detroit city council member, said, "Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president, and there ought to be a quid pro quo." In other words, President Obama should send the nearly bankrupted city of Detroit millions in taxpayer bailout money. But there's a painful lesson to be learned from decades of political hustling and counsel by intellectuals and urban experts. In 1960, Detroit's population was 1.6 million. Blacks were 29 percent, and whites were 70 percent. Today, Detroit's population has fallen precipitously to 707,000, of which blacks are 84 percent and whites 8 percent....
  • 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...
  • Hey Teachers -- Leave Them Kids Alone!

    07/07/2011 11:38:08 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 8 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | 7 July 2011
    Hey Teachers … Leave Them Kids Alone! Thursday, July 07, 2011 – by Staff Report America's biggest teacher and principal cheating scandal unfolds in Atlanta ... At least 178 teachers and principals in Atlanta Public Schools cheated to raise student scores on high-stakes standardized tests, according to a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Award-winning gains by Atlanta students were based on widespread cheating by 178 named teachers and principals, said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday. His office released a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that names 178 teachers and principals – 82 of whom confessed...
  • Biased Questions on Standardized Tests

    03/05/2010 5:09:21 AM PST · by ConservativeHideout · 7 replies · 664+ views
    Conservative Hideout 2.0 ^ | 3-5-10 | Conservative Teacher
    Occasionally in my job I proctor standardized tests that are given to every student in the state. This job is usually pretty uneventful- as a proctor, you simply read the directions to the students and then keep an eye on them. Our students test in a big empty cold gym that is filled with row after row of students, busily filling in bubbles to prove that they have learned something after years of public education. I’ve written before about how I have personally observed bias on standardized tests- read my entries Liberal Teachers To Students- Play God, Bloomfield Hills Schools...
  • Stanley Kaplan, Pioneer in Preparing Students for Exams, Dies at 90

    08/25/2009 5:50:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies · 373+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 24, 2009 | Karen W. Arenson
    Stanley H. Kaplan, a businessman and teacher who carved out a lucrative niche in the world of for-profit education and made test-preparation classes a rite of passage for students across America, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 90 and had homes in Manhattan and Boca Raton, Fla. The Stanley H. Kaplan Foundation and Kaplan Inc., his education company, announced his death Monday, saying the cause was heart failure. Propelled by his students’ success on the SAT and other standardized exams — and by the enormous growth in standardized testing — Mr. Kaplan transformed the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center...
  • The SAT and Its Enemies: Fear and loathing in college admissions

    04/25/2009 8:56:44 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies · 1,672+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 4, 2009 | Andrew Ferguson
    It's fair to say the tide of elite opinion now runs solidly against the use of the SAT in college admissions. Last fall, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) released a report calling on its members at last to act on their skepticism by taking steps to decommission the test for use at their schools. When the report was presented at the group's convention last September, the only complaints were that it didn't go far enough in condemning the test. "It's a lousy test," one NACAC member said heatedly on the convention floor. "It's destructive of what all...
  • UC may cut some admission requirements

    11/19/2008 8:05:58 AM PST · by SmithL · 45 replies · 870+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/19/2008 | Hudson Sangree
    Thousands of high school seniors are racing this month to complete their applications to the University of California in hopes of becoming freshmen next fall. Meanwhile, UC officials are struggling with the question of how to create more opportunities for low-income and minority students to attend the state's elite public campuses. It's been a tense issue since voters passed Proposition 209 in 1996, banning race and gender preferences in public institutions. Now, the UC president and regents are weighing changes to the admissions process that include dropping the SAT subject tests, loosening course requirements, and lowering the minimum grade point...
  • The Test (SAT) Passes, Colleges Fail

    11/19/2008 7:45:56 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies · 1,138+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2008 | Peter D. Salins
    In the 1990s, several SUNY campuses chose to raise their admissions standards by requiring higher SAT scores, while others opted to keep them unchanged. [...] Thus, by comparing graduation rates at SUNY campuses that raised the SAT admissions bar with those that didn’t, we have a controlled experiment of sorts that can fairly conclusively tell us whether SAT scores were accurate predictors of whether a student would get a degree. The short answer is: yes, they were. Consider the changes in admissions profiles and six-year graduation rates of the classes entering in 1997 and 2001 at SUNY’s 16 baccalaureate institutions....
  • Grading Obama (He will replace standardized tests with "portfolios" in schools)

    11/01/2008 4:59:18 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies · 1,563+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 31, 2008 | Lance T. Izumi
    Talking to [NPR], Melody Barnes, a spokeswoman for Mr. Obama’s campaign, said recently that Mr. Obama supports “portfolio assessment” of student performance. Portfolio assessment usually requires a student to perform various classroom assignments, like write essays, do individual projects, participate in group projects. These assignments are put into a portfolio for that student and evaluated. In a debate earlier this month, Linda Darling-Hammond, education adviser to Mr. Obama, pointed to other countries where students are assessed based on “kids doing science inquiries, research papers, technology products.” Portfolio-assessment supporters claim that this method gives a broader view of a student’s knowledge...
  • A Better Measure Than the SAT

    06/29/2008 12:48:26 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 55 replies · 616+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 29 June 2008 | Nathan O. Hatch
    Last month, Wake Forest dropped the SAT and ACT as an entrance requirement, becoming the only top-30 national university with a test-optional policy. This step away from standardized tests will help us and other institutions of higher education move closer to the goals of greater educational quality and opportunity. Our decision to reevaluate our admissions policy grew out of a close look at the state of higher education and some long, hard thinking about the kind of university we want Wake Forest to be. For several years, a growing body of research has made clear that America's top colleges and...
  • Study Finds Little Benefit in New SAT

    06/22/2008 3:03:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies · 111+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 18, 2008 | TAMAR LEWIN
    The revamped SAT, expanded three years ago to include a writing test, predicts college success no better than the old test, and not quite as well as a student’s high school grades, according to studies released Tuesday by the College Board, which owns the test. “The changes made to the SAT did not substantially change how predictive the test is of first-year college performance,” the studies said. College Board officials presented their findings as “important and positive” confirmation of the test’s success. “The SAT continues to be an excellent predictor of how students will perform,” said Laurence Bunin, senior vice...
  • Fourth Grader Suspended After Refusing to Answer Exam Question [zero tolerance alert]

    11/07/2006 12:15:26 AM PST · by Antioch · 357 replies · 6,352+ views
    zerointelligence ^ | Nov. 3 | zerointelligence
    Nine year-old Tyler Stoken, a student in the Aberdeen Public School District, didn't know how to answer an essay question on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning test. As punishment for leaving the question blank his principal suspended him for five days. Tyler paraphrases the question saying, "You look out one day at school and see your principal flying by a window. In several paragraphs write what happens next." He's asked, "So why didn't you answer that question?" He says, "I couldn't think of what to write the essay without making fun of the principal." He refused to answer the...
  • ACT Up & SAT Down

    09/11/2006 10:34:59 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 9 replies · 563+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 11, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Many on the education beat puzzle over why the scores on the two leading college entrance exams differ so markedly. In a nutshell, ACT scores are up while SAT scores are down. The mystery is easily solved: the ACT is an easier test. For example, knowing where to place a comma and how to work an algebraic word problem puts you in the upper echelon of ACT test takers. For the SAT it is a floor. Against that backdrop, the losses and gains on the respective tests are not that earth-shaking: the ACT scores are up a point and the...
  • Gubernatorial Candidate {Chris} Bell Pays Visit to Hub City {Lubbock}

    07/25/2006 5:06:50 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 12 replies · 282+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal ^ | 07-25-06 | Aaron, Beth
    Gubernatorial candidate Bell pays visit to Hub City BY BETH AARON AVALANCHE-JOURNAL Texas schools focus too much on standardized testing, and teacher salaries should be increased, gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell said. Speaking before members of the Texas Sheriff's Association on Monday, Bell, D-Houston, said the state needs to focus on reforming public education and health care and discussed why he supports stem cell research. "We do live in a big state with big dreams, but right now we face big challenges, he said from a podium in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater. "It's about a new way versus an...
  • Some Allowed to Sit out the SAT (Affirmative action in Disguise)

    05/26/2006 3:43:47 PM PDT · by freespirited · 58 replies · 984+ views
    Washington Post (aka Pravda on the Potomac) ^ | 5/25/06 | Maria Glod and Jay Mathews
    Officials at George Mason University in Fairfax announced yesterday that the school will allow some high-achieving students to apply for admission without submitting SAT scores, joining a growing list of colleges that are moving away from requiring applicants to take the standardized test. Admissions officials said high school students who rank in the top 20 percent of their class and have a grade-point average of 3.5 or better can apply without submitting SAT scores. Instead, the students will be required to submit two extra letters of recommendation from their teachers and will have to write an essay. Andrew Flagel, George...
  • What Do Increased Test Scores Mean? Perhaps Nothing

    05/07/2005 8:22:16 PM PDT · by Dianna · 10 replies · 540+ views ^ | E. Wayne Ross | E. Wayne Ross
    Signs of positive improvements in Kentucky schools are being widely reported. The number of Kentuckians with a high school diploma is up 10 percent over the past decade; more of the commonwealth’s students are taking the ACT college entrance test, with scores are up over last year; and students’ scores on the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS), a widely used standardized test, have slightly improved. The general consensus among the education establishment and the media is that recent reports illustrate a slow, steady progress for educational attainment in the state, but that much work remains to be done. For...
  • TX education officials defend TAKS against accusations of cheating

    01/11/2005 6:01:05 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 270+ views
    Education officials defend TAKS against accusations of cheating AUSTIN (AP) — Texas education officials announced Monday they will hire an expert to review security measures on the state's standardized test but defended the system against evidence of cheating at hundreds of schools across the state. "We have zero tolerance for cheating," Education Commissioner Shirley Neeley said, applauding state efforts to maintain test integrity. She said most Texas educators would not tolerate cheating because "their personal code of honor would not permit it." A recent investigation by The Dallas Morning News found strong evidence that teachers and principals at nearly 400...
  • Newspaper Investigation Digs Up Evidence of Schools Cheating on Standardized Tests

    01/01/2005 7:54:14 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 7 replies · 617+ views
    Newspaper investigation digs up evidence of schools cheating on standardized tests Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — A newspaper investigation has found evidence that a Houston elementary school celebrated for its high test scores obtained at least some of its success from cheating. "You're expected to cheat there," said Donna Garner, a former teacher at Wesley Elementary who said her fellow teachers instructed her on how to give students answers while administering tests. "There's no way those scores are real." The Dallas Morning News investigation also found evidence of cheating at two other schools affiliated with Wesley. Wesley, which has been...
  • Black student SAT scores, a national disgrace

    11/23/2004 10:48:20 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 272 replies · 8,215+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 23, 2004 | Clarice Feldman
    For years, people like Thomas Sowell have argued that affirmative action regularly places Black students into schools for which they are not educationally qualified, that in so doing it dooms them to less challenging courses and failure. In debates about affirmative action , the performance of Black students on SAT tests is rarely mentioned. It should be. It is not only supportive of his arguments but the most damning evidence of the inadequacy of the urban school systems from which most of these students come. According to the College Board, 1,877 African American students nationwide scored higher than 1300 out...
  • Consultant Helps Lubbock Schools Prepare for Standardized Testing

    08/20/2004 6:06:02 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 2 replies · 782+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal ^ | 08-20-04 | Glass, Ray
    Consultant helps LISD prepare for TAKS testing By RAY GLASS AVALANCHE-JOURNAL Rhonda Tue emerged from a three-hour workshop on state-mandated curriculum, student expectations and assessment tests earlier this month as excited as a youngster on the first day of school. "I was blown away," said Tue, who teaches fifth- and sixth-grade reading at Guadalupe Elementary School. Tue was among about 700 Lubbock Independent School District teachers and administrators who, with consultant Margaret Kilgo, explored strategies to raise student scores on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test. Tue expects to see improvement after bench-mark testing in December. "I'm...
  • SAT essays worry keyboarders [must be handwritten]

    06/30/2004 5:53:00 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 16 replies · 563+ views
    Republican-American ^ | June 29, 2004 | Justin Pope, AP
    At Greenwich Country Day, a prestigious Connecticut private school, computers have all but replaced pencil and paper. Typing instruction starts in second grade, and laptops are mandatory by seventh. Essays are typed, and often class notes are, too. As an adult in today's work world, you don't write anything," said Carol Maoz, head of the upper school (grades 7-9), adding she couldn't think of an occasion students would write out a longhand essay. "You type everything. There really is no need for proper handwriting." Maybe not indeed, even notes get passed in class via text message these days. But next...
  • Charley Reese Examines Previous "High Standards" in Education

    06/03/2004 9:12:27 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 14 replies · 235+ views
    King Features Syndicate, Inc. ^ | 06-03-04 | Reese, Charley
    High Standards A gentleman in Alaska has sent me a copy of an exam the state of Washington required of all 8th-graders in 1910. I suspect that today many college graduates would have difficulty passing it. All of the questions were essay, and students were graded on their ability to write as well as on penmanship. Teachers did not "teach to the test." In fact, after the tests were handed out, the teachers left, and an outsider sat in the room. Students were not allowed to ask questions, and no explanations were given. Minimum passing grade in grammar and arithmetic...
  • Officials: New Federal Tests Hurt Students

    02/25/2004 8:24:00 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 9 replies · 258+ views
    Laredo, TX, Morning Times ^ | 02-25-04 | Holland, Judy, Hearst Newspapers
    Officials: New federal tests hurt students BY JUDY HOLLAND Hearst Newspapers WASHINGTON - Teachers, lawmakers and celebrities on Tuesday unveiled a book of letters that criticize the Bush administration's efforts to improve public schools by imposing federal testing. Critics of President Bush's centerpiece education program - known as "No Child Left Behind" - say it forces teachers to abandon more valuable academics in favor of preparing for federal tests. The program requires standardized testing for third through eighth grades in math and reading and identifies schools that don't pass muster as under-performing. The book, "Letters to the Next President: What...
  • Group seeks solutions for low-achieving black students

    01/13/2004 9:18:47 AM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 10 replies · 246+ views
    The Dominion Post ^ | January 13, 2004 | JANET L. METZNER
    CHARLESTON -- Black students in West Virginia perform well in their early years, but then experience a sharp decline, said Pat Kusimo of the Governor's Minority Students Strategy Council. "Kids start out in elementary school doing much better than in middle school," Kusimo said. And by high school, "it is almost disastrous achievement." To correct the problem among the state's largest minority group, Kusimo and council Chairwoman Patricia Petty Wilson suggested a series of local meetings to provide special training for counselors and psychologists to learn how to help minority and poor children achieve. Statistics show that 90 percent of...
  • Strict time limits on SATs serve no useful purpose

    10/12/2003 1:05:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 110 replies · 698+ views
    USA Today via ^ | October 10, 2003 | staff
    On Saturday, when 600,000 high school students open their SAT test booklets, one question they won't find is: Why are they required to complete this key college admissions exam within three hours? The correct answer: Because the tests always have been strictly timed. Yet the College Board, which administers the test, concedes the time limit isn't intended to measure how students perform under deadline. Rather the restriction merely serves a logistical purpose. Providing more time would complicate efforts to book rooms and protect against cheating. Because the College Board is wedded to a stopwatch system, it places unnecessary time pressures...
  • FCAT Scores Among Blacks, Hispanics Up Considerably (Where's the Bias?)

    05/16/2003 9:07:45 AM PDT · by cgk · 32 replies · 631+ views ^ | 5-16-03 | AP
    FCAT Scores Among Blacks, Hispanics Up Considerably POSTED: 7:38 a.m. EDT May 16, 2003 UPDATED: 9:35 a.m. EDT May 16, 2003 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. -- Statewide results for the FCAT exam show minority students are improving and Gov. Jeb Bush says this is the time to celebrate, not boycott.  SURVEY Would you participate in the FCAT boycott? Yes No Results  |  Disclaimer Bush says results of this year's Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test show "rising student achievement" and the value of holding students and schools accountable. He also says black and Hispanic students are much better readers than they were...
  • Lowering FCAT passing scores will allow 1,000 to graduate (Test discriminates who can't read/add)

    05/14/2003 3:17:30 PM PDT · by cgk · 62 replies · 1,869+ views
    Lowering FCAT passing scores will allow 1,000 to graduate (Tallahassee-AP) -- The lowering of the passing score for seniors who took the F-CAT will allow about one-thousand who originally flunked to go ahead and graduate. The F-CAT is given in 10th grade but a student who fails can take the test again five more times. Nearly 14-thousand seniors have not passed the F-CAT, a requirement for grduation. About 4-thousand of those wouldn't graduate even if they did pass the F-CAT because they don't have the grades or haven't taken all the required courses. Seniors have another chance to take...
  • Government's goofy grades: Quality of Michigan schools not reflected in federal 'failure' list

    07/20/2002 5:38:18 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 7 replies · 359+ views
    How can a school receive a Blue Ribbon for excellence one year and be slapped with a label of "failing" the next? Moreover, how can Michigan rank dead last in the country with more than 1,500 "failing" schools? New federal labels are misleading parents and others into thinking that a full one-third of the state's public schools aren't adequately serving their children. That's simply not the case. The standards are the newest ingredient in a muddled stew of numbers and labels that do nothing for the quality of schools in Michigan or the students and teachers in them. In fact,...
  • Teachers feel stress of high-stakes testing -

    05/07/2002 2:12:48 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 23 replies · 583+ views ^ | May 7, 2002 | AP
    <p>ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- After a year of critical standardized tests, the results were in. For Simonton Elementary School principal Betty Robinson, they were not good.</p> <p>Hers was one of just four schools in a suburban district that were found to be failing.</p>
  • Segregated Meetings Trouble Parents

    04/15/2002 1:15:18 PM PDT · by Jean S · 10 replies · 221+ views
    AP ^ | April 15, 2002, 3:35 PM EDT | STEFANIE FRITH
    ELK GROVE, Calif. -- The principal at T.R. Smedberg Middle School held meetings last week for parents to discuss their children's scores on standardized tests. There were four meetings in all, with separate gatherings for whites, Asians, blacks and Hispanics. The principal, who is black, said the segregated meetings were designed to "get real honest answers" from black and Hispanic parents, whose children are among the lowest scorers, and to allow them to speak freely, without embarrassment. But the separate-but-equal meetings at the public school troubled some parents in Elk Grove, a mostly white, middle-class suburb of Sacramento, and brought...