December 31st, 2009

Nation's Report Card–public comments.

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)

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December 31st, 2009

In case you missed it…

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!

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December 30th, 2009

Better link to EducationNews interview… and interesting comments

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!

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December 29th, 2009

Missouri Elementary & Secondary Special Education: EducationNews.org – A Leading Global News Source – An Interview with Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, M.A., J.D.: On Fixing Special Education—12 Steps to Transform a Broken System…

Missouri Elementary & Secondary Special Education: EducationNews.org – A Leading Global News Source – An Interview with Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, M.A., J.D.: On Fixing Special Education—12 Steps to Transform a Broken System…

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December 29th, 2009

Miriam's interview in EducationNews.org!

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!

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December 29th, 2009

Missouri Elementary & Secondary Special Education: EducationNews.org – A Leading Global News Source – An Interview with Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, M.A., J.D.: On Fixing Special Education—12 Steps to Transform a Broken System…

Missouri Elementary & Secondary Special Education: EducationNews.org – A Leading Global News Source – An Interview with Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, M.A., J.D.: On Fixing Special Education—12 Steps to Transform a Broken System…

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December 25th, 2009

Fascinating Boston Globe story…about lazy American students…

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!

(lazy students)

(second story)

Read it and weep. Let’s hope it makes a difference in the new year.

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December 14th, 2009

Tracking and detracking… An important new report…

Massachusetts-middle-schools

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.

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December 14th, 2009

Tracking, untracking, and inclusion….

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?

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December 12th, 2009

Fordham’s Education Gadfly reviews Miriam’s new book

Fordham’s Education Gadfly reviews Miriam’s new book,  Fixing Special Education. http://www.edexcellence.net/gadfly/index.cfm?issue=537#a5695 Great review!

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