In case you missed the public comments about testing students with disabilities and students who are English language learners,they are now posted.
I was a member of the expert panel on testing students with disabilities on the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress). Those final reports have been available for a while. Here are comments about the testing for English language learners and the endorsement for that expert panel’s work. Let’s hope we get back to valid and reliable testing and consistency in the exclusion rates among states.
(Public Comments on NAEP testing)
Here’s the URL for the interview I did with Education News, and the comments received so far.
(Fixing Special Education–12 Steps to Transform a Broken System). Look in the ‘most commented’ section. We’re at the top! Keep your comments coming. Happy reading and happy reforming!
If you’ve had trouble downloading the entire interview, here’s a better link.
(Fixing Special Education)
Thank you! Happy happy new year and let’s fix it!
Check it out!
December 29, 2009–Miriam’s interview in EducationNews.org– Fixing Special Education–12 Steps to Transform a Broken System! (Fixing Special Education)
Let us hope this starts an important national conversation. How fitting–into the new year and new decade! Happy happy!
Congratulations to Kara Miller, a teacher at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. She hit a cord… Her story–comparing her American college students with her immigrant students–to the detriment of the home grown variety–made it round the web. A huge reaction. Sometimes, when you tell the truth, people listen!
It became the most emailed Globe story, was discussed on Joanne Jacob’s blog, (lazy students), and led to Ms. Miller’s second column, describing the huge reaction to the first!
Read it and weep. Let’s hope it makes a difference in the new year.
Here’s an important report by the Fordham Foundation, written by Tom Loveless of the Brookings Institution.
It’s about time we look at how we’re educating our top students. Thank you for this critical step.
Joanne Jacobs . Interesting study reported… but where is the hard research to link ‘detracking of students’ with inclusion of students with disabilities. We do not know how that affects the learning of all students. Where is the hard data?
Fordham’s Education Gadfly reviews Miriam’s new book, Fixing Special Education. http://www.edexcellence.net/gadfly/index.cfm?issue=537#a5695 Great review!