• Great California story! As California goes, so goes the nation!?!

    Special education still in "deep trouble" and needs reform--according to California's President of the State Board of Education, Michael Kirst. Here are the article about his comments (that includes some from me) and the podcast--again, Mike Kirst, followed by me. I do believe we're getting the word out...slowly, [...]
  • Special education in “deep trouble” and still needs reform, says California ed board president. Indeed it does!

    I attended the EdSource meeting last week in Oakland California and heard Michael Kirst speak about the need for reforming special education. The system is antiquated... and needs "another look." As you can read, the article cites several people, including yours truly and gives a shout out to my book, Special Education 2.0. [...]
  • More wealthy students attend private schools–is anyone surprised by this?

    Ed Week ran a fascinating Commentary.about this fact: while the number of students attending private schools has been rather steady, the number of wealthy students (especially in cities) attending private schools has risen. The statistics are from the years leading up to 2013. This trend is worrisome to me, as someone who believes passionately in the need for excellent public schools for all. If the trend continues, public schools will, more and more, be just for those students who [...]
  • Are you surprised that poor sleep habits and ADHD are linked?

    Education Week ran an interesting article this week, linking children's sleep habits and problems to ADHD. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/09/20/childrens-sleep-problems-linked-to-attention-disorders.html Interesting. But surprising? I'm guessing that it's not to teachers and parents and even grandparents! We know about the importance of regular sleep habits, especially for children. Relating it to the incidence of ADHD (or perhaps other impairments as well) is the next logical [...]
  • AP classes–who benefits? the College Board or the students? Great NYTimes article.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/magazine/who-benefits-from-the-expansion-of-ap-classes.html?em_pos=medium&ref=headline&nl_art=1&te=1&nl=magazine&emc=edit_ma_20170910 Fascinating stuff--more students are "encouraged" or pushed to take AP courses and tests. The AP, you may recall was originally designed for advanced students. No more.Now, many more students take the classes and few get "passing scores" of 3,4, or 5--that provide them with college credit. There are some anecdotal [...]
  • JoanneJacobs.com blogs, What if everyone gets extra time on SAT?

    http://www.joannejacobs.com/2017/08/what-if-everyone-gets-extra-time-on-sat/#comments Thanks for the blog and the interesting comments following it. I would simply add: 1. The issue I presented involves the WHAT before the WHO. The College Board (and the ACT) need to clarify once and for all what the role of timing is in the SAT and the ACT. That is, are these tests of speed and efficiency, or other attributes related to timing, or is timing merely done for administrative [...]
  • Most recommended!

    How great is that. "Have SAT accommodations gone too far?" is the MOST RECOMMENDED piece in today's Education Week. It has garnered 13 comments! Thank you all. Check it out and keep reading, sharing, writing. Thanks so much. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/08/25/have-sat-accommodations-gone-too-far.html#comments The comments are fascinating. I wrote the piece because I'm concerned that we are losing the purpose of the test. Why do we have an SAT? What is the WHAT of the SAT: [...]
  • Read my Ed Week Commentary about SAT accommodations…. and validity!

    http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/08/25/have-sat-accommodations-gone-too-far.html I hope it gets us talking about validity... the WHAT before the WHO. More to come!
  • Have we gotten special education all wrong? Great article by Marc Tucker

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/have-we-got-special-education-all-wrong_us_5991daf5e4b0ed1f464c0cde I invite you to read this piece. It's excellent--and tracks several ideas and proposals in my book. Marc Tucker comes at the issue from a data perspective and international comparisons. He asks if we are really helping kids learn or just labeling them with a disability and setting up systems that, sadly, don't get the job done. He's the executive director of NCEE and a blogger at [...]
  • Fixing California’s special education funding?

    https://edsource.org/2017/parents-strongly-object-to-report-calling-for-local-funding-of-special-education/579265 Here's an interesting story--of attempts at reform. I've made a comment, as you can see. It's all become so complex--and we can't lose sight of the need to serve all students and to finally target the system that requires parents to be enforcers of the law. Your thoughts?