• NAEP Update!

    I am honored to let you know that I have been appointed as a member of the NAGB (National Assessment Governing Board) Expert Panel on Uniform Rules for Testing Students with Disabilities (SD) on the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress). This test is often called 'the nation's report card.' It's supposed to be the common yard stick for measuring our nation's students. The NAEP is a voluntary, representative test--given across the country at the 4th and 8th grade levels. Over [...]
  • Interesting article about special education from www.bipps.org

    Just read an interesting article, "Evidence of a costly, cumbersome special-education system" from the Bluegrass Institute in Kentucky. Check it out! http://www.bipps.org/article.php?article_id=690
  • The SAT extended time loophole?

    It's 2009. A high school student in a fine school district describes how classmates get disability diagnoses in order to take the SAT with extended time. The student asked the parents to be taken for testing. They refused.What a sad chapter in the college application saga. It followed the College Board's 2002 policy. The College Board no longer flags SAT scores. Thus, no one (such as a college admissions office) is told how SAT scores are achieved and which ones were achieved under the [...]
  • Back to Sunday’s NY Times story about English language learners

    In case you missed it, excellent front page story--http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/us/15immig.html?pagewanted=5&ref=educationAnother thought about this. We now have about 1 in 10 students in US schools classified as English language learners! A huge increase of 60% between 1995-2005. Yet, schools are confused about how to teach these students and prepare them for life.... Policies are all over the place--no consensus nationally about how to tackle this challenge. And, in terms of [...]
  • New York Times piece, “Education and Immigration”

    The front page piece is at:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/us/15immig.html?pagewanted=5&ref=educationMy thoughts? Immersion in regular schools works. As a foreigner in a strange land four times (twice for me and twice for my children) having to learn a new language fast, I can tell you that immersion works best. Consider, in fifth grade in New Jersey in the 1950's, I have been forever grateful that my teachers did not speak any Dutch. I learned English fast. As an immigrant to [...]
  • If—

    There's so much to write on this question--millenia of experiences--so I will resist the urge and just add a couple of ideas.Yesterday, I visited a California charter school. It was lovely. It had great programs, students, teachers. Everything there seemedto be working on all cylinders.During the tour, the elementary school principal then told us, "If I could get moms to put them to bed early."If...If...If... moms and dads would talk to their kids, what a huge difference that would make for [...]
  • The podcast at NAGB, discussing testing students with disabilities and English language learners

    Panel IV: Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners -- Play Audio Podcast(mp3 44.4 mb), Running Time: 49 minutesDaniel Domenech: Executive Director, American Association of School AdministratorsMiriam Freedman: Attorney and AuthorSharif Shakrani: Professor, Michigan State UniversityMartha Thurlow: Director, National Center on Educational Outcomes(moderator) Mary Blanton: Attorney
  • Panel IV: Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners -- Play Audio Podcast (mp3 44.4 mb), Running Time: 49 minutes Daniel Domenech: Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators Miriam Freedman: Attorney and Author Sharif Shakrani: Professor, Michigan State University Martha Thurlow: Director, National Center on Educational Outcomes (moderator) Mary Blanton: Attorney
  • The 4’Rs! Let’s add RESILIENCY!

    Reading, 'riting, 'rithmetic and RESILIENCY!That word, resiliency, has popped up in many conversations recently. In following my ears, I'm wondering how we foster resiliency in our students.What are we doing to help students be resilient--to overcome difficulty; to see the sun on the other side; to become active learners; to move from "victim to victor" per Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D., book, "Come on People." See earlier blog on that one!I Googled "resiliency in children." Check [...]
  • Thought you’d like to see the NAGB program!

    It's at http://www.nagb.org/who-we-are/20-anniversary/NAGB-Program7.pdf.It reads a bit like the 'who's who of education policy issues.At the celebratory dinner, we were greeted by three Secretaries of Education: Arne Duncan, Margaret Spelling, and Rod Paige. As well, former Secretary Riley keynoted. A star-studded evening, for those of us in this ed 'biz.'