August 31st, 2010

If only they would get a good night sleep!

(What teachers want from parents).

It’s amazing, isn’t it. What teachers want most from parents. Get their kids to bed at night for a good night’s sleep. Interestingly, this comment also found itself in my book, Fixing Special Education, where I quote a principal of a successful California school: “If I could only get the moms to put their children to bed early.”

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August 16th, 2010

John Merrow’s new book, BELOW C LEVEL

(A review of John Merrow’s new book).

A good read. What’s wrong with education and how to fix it. I am quoted in the book–which is always nice!

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August 8th, 2010

No more “D’s!”

(New Jersey district bans D’s–Students can earn A’s, B’s, C’s, and F’s).

Very creative. I agree with the rationale…. students shouldn’t pass with D’s and just slide through. Let’s hope this creative approach works to increase hard work, effort, and learning!

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August 4th, 2010

Book Signing: Fixing Special Education–12 Steps to Transform a Broken System

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August 3rd, 2010

Very sobering…

(New York City test scores go from 81% pass to 18% pass).

Sobering. Defining standards down is dangerous for America. We need to link this story with Mr. Caperton’s above and get sober fast.

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August 3rd, 2010

Sobering, but…

(US losing its #1 spot in college graduates)
The head of the College Board sounds the alarm.

We must ask if our public education policies make sense. Many don’t. Is college readiness the right goal for every student? And if so, how can we graduate high school students who don’t have basic arithmetic skills?

Yesterday I spoke with a lovely and dedicated woman who is a math tutor for college students at a community college. Her story is sobering. Her young students people ‘graduated’ from high school but do NOT have basic elementary arithmetic skills. Adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing. Many of them grew up on calculators with teachers who thought that was OK.

We must ask if our public education policies make sense. Many don’t.

So, the Huffington story is sobering–b

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August 2nd, 2010

And say it ain’t so… again on RTTT

(Diane Ravitch on Race To The Top and evaluating teachers).

In all of these moves to evaluate students and teachers on the basis of testing, we assume that the tests are valid and the results reliable. This is a major assumption that needs to be explored. Fast.

My experience with testing students with disabilities and the use of accommodations and modifications concerns me greatly–as the use is often inconsistent and the validity of test results is assumed. Again, we need to explore this assumption. Fast.

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August 2nd, 2010

Say it ain’t so…. the Common Core standards

(A back story of Massachusetts and the Common Core standards)

An amazing story of the politics behind the vote in Massachusetts to end its high standards and go with the Common Core…. Say it ain’t so.

And how do we follow the money on this development?

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