Step-by-step Privatization and Profit: ESSA Delivers Schools to Wall Street with a Bow on Top

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. ESSA was designed to open the flood gates for neoliberal profiteers to not only profit from public educations services (I,e. tests or curriculum) but to completely own it… “Social impact bond projects are very definitely privatisation. PFI/PPP projects … Continue reading Step-by-step Privatization and Profit: ESSA Delivers Schools to Wall Street with a Bow on Top

24 Graduation Credits, OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Push for Competency-Based Learning

After an exhausting presidential election, those in power expect us to checkout and stop paying attention. Here’s a few good reason to stay vigilant. In Washington State, the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction was very close. Chris Reykdal ended … Continue reading 24 Graduation Credits, OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Push for Competency-Based Learning

On the Road with the ‪#‎OptOutBus2016:‬ Coast to Coast Free Books for Kids Tour

Editor’s note: Susan and Shawn Dufresne are social justice and education activists. A brief introduction: Susan DuFresne – Integrated Kindergarten Teacher with General Education and Special Education endorsements – 7 years in the Renton School District, Teacher of Professional Conscience, … Continue reading On the Road with the ‪#‎OptOutBus2016:‬ Coast to Coast Free Books for Kids Tour

Study shows the Common Core PARCC test does not determine college readiness

Is the SBAC any different? The PARCC tests have been criticized for being administered in high-stakes circumstances before they were validated. PARCC’s rejoinder is they had content validity, meaning that the test was built according to their committee reviewed specifications. … Continue reading Study shows the Common Core PARCC test does not determine college readiness

What’s the big secret about the SBAC and PARCC test questions?

Back in the day, after I took a test and it was graded, I got my test paper back to see what questions I got wrong. It was part of the learning process. It seems these days that Pearson doesn’t … Continue reading What’s the big secret about the SBAC and PARCC test questions?

Parents Across America opposes Common Core Standards, the PARCC and SBAC tests

Parents Across America opposes both the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the associated tests created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). We wish to place our … Continue reading Parents Across America opposes Common Core Standards, the PARCC and SBAC tests