• https://www.joannejacobs.com/2018/12/college-for-all-cheats-most-students/

    College for all? It's not working. We spend much on those heading to college and far too little on those who are not. Our balance is way off. An important read. Thanks for raising this important issue---that needs to be raised over and over again. It's about time that we question the colleg-for-all mantra that has dominated public education. Ultimately, we can fairly ask who that mantra serves? The colleges or students? Instead, we should focus on what works for different [...]
  • Miriam’s best wishes for happy holidays, happy reading, and happy reform in 2019!

    Dear friends and colleagues, Happy holidays! I hope your holidays are joyous with family and friends and that we’ll share a wonderful new year of peace, prosperity, and meaningful education reforms. I’m staying put in California—if you make it to the Bay Area, let me know. It’s a good time to review the work year and raise hopes for the new. Yes, I know we’re all super busy now but just maybe, maybe you’ll enjoy collecting reading ideas for the end-of-year break. With that [...]
  • Check out Medium.com’s Happy Birthday Special Education–It’s time for a REAL redo!

    Here's the link....https://medium.com/@miriamkfreedman/happy-birthday-special-education-its-time-for-a-real-redo-d541867d5fb2 And here'sthe post. On December 2, 1975—43 years ago, President Gerald Ford signed the special education law to end the exclusion of students with disabilities from schools. The law succeeded, even beyond its mission. We now educate all students with disabilities—some 6+ million—almost 14% of all students, while the law planned for 10% of students. Schools have [...]
  • ACT scores down…on the “common metric.” My question is–is it still common? Really?

    Here's the Wall Street Journal article, https://www.wsj.com/articles/act-scores-show-drop-in-college-readiness-especially-in-math-1539768600?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1#comments_sector I was struck by the article's last two words, discussing the ACT's usefulness because it allows comparisons of students on a "common metric." We assume the metric is "common." The same for all students. It's a belief, but is it still real? As my loyal readers know, I have my growing doubts about [...]
  • Another College Board “Big Goof”

    as reported in Diane Ravitch's blog. https://dianeravitch.net/2018/08/30/mercedes-schneider-reports-on-the-college-boards-big-goof-with-the-sat/ Here's another College Board mess (add this to all the earlier discussion about their accommodation policy which does not notify anyone when tests are given under nonstandard conditions--especially with time and a half or twice as long... so that the SAT ( and ACT) are no longer standardized! Here, apparently, the College Board gave the [...]
  • It’s worth reading Diane Ravitch’s blog about the latest Ed Next poll.

    https://dianeravitch.net/2018/08/22/carol-burris-finds-good-news-in-latest-ednext-poll/ It's always fascinating to read the ups and downs of this annual poll. Issues include teacher pay, charters, vouchers, funding, etc. As a staunch supporter of public education, I"m concerned about a huge missing piece: special education. It involves about 13-14% of our students (roughly speaking, far more than twice those who attend charters or use vouchers) and the cost for their education is [...]
  • Another good intention gone awry–Title IX goes from soccer to sexual harassment

    Another good intention gone awry. When will we ever learn? Let's hope clearer heads will prevail so that we can restore opportunities for all students-- girls and boys alike; men and women alike. All of us. Thank you, Joanne Jacobs for posting this. Here is the link. http://www.joannejacobs.com/2018/08/title-ix-twisted-from-soccer-to-sex-harassment/#comment-227475
  • Students with disabilities sue ACT for disclosing personal information.

    Here we go again. The saga that never ends. That is, SAT and ACT accommodations saga. It's been wrong from day one and the reverberations just keep on coming. See recent stories about the overuse of these accommodations.... Back in 2003 I wrote ("Disabling the SAT") about the fact that these testing giants, the SAT and ACT, had just agreed to stop "flagging" test scores when the tests had been taken under nonstandard conditions. The SAT reached a settlement of a potential lawsuit [...]
  • Thank you! A student reacts to the overuse of SAT extended time

    Thank you, Luke Egan for bringing this issue to the fore-- again--and thank you, a loyal reader of my work, for bringing it to my attention. The opening paragraph is terrific, as it raises the issue by students for students. "The most polarizing issue in my high school’s community didn’t relate to religion or politics. It was the issue of extra time. Extra time, which is often given for in-class assignment and standardized tests, typically offers students who qualify 1.5 to double [...]
  • The story that just won’t go away–

    ...Ah, those SAT and ACT accommodations. Some students get accommodations--especially extended time (50 or 75% or ??? more time than other students--without ANY notice to colleges, schools, students, and parents that those tests were taken under non-standard conditions. Really? Yes, really. So long as colleges continue to use these tests in their admission process, the most basic requirement is that they be standardized. They no longer are--as we no longer know how students took [...]