Ten questions for Seattle Public Schools’ IT Lead John Krull re: EdTech in schools and student privacy

John Krull has agreed to answer some questions about what is happening in terms of technology and software programs planned for Seattle Public Schools. As Krull states in his letter of application for the position within Seattle Public Schools, “I … Continue reading Ten questions for Seattle Public Schools’ IT Lead John Krull re: EdTech in schools and student privacy

Who is actually running the US Department of Education?

  We have known about the Broad Prize award, representing an award given to school districts by the Broad Foundation, which is proudly displayed in the offices of the Department of Education, and the fact that Bill Gates has populated … Continue reading Who is actually running the US Department of Education?

Opposition to the Common Core now has bipartisan support in Washington State

From Truth in American Education: Washington State GOP Supports Student Privacy, Opposes Common Core The Washington State Republicans passed a student privacy resolution at their recent state convention last month in Pasco, WA.  They also passed language opposing Common Core into … Continue reading Opposition to the Common Core now has bipartisan support in Washington State

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?

Common Sense Questions About the Common Core Test

I came across this article today while Googling information about the SBAC and is well worth a read. From eduresearcher by Roxana Marachi, PhD: Critical Questions about Computerized Assessments and SmarterBalanced Test Scores A recent report from the Public Policy Institute reveals that … Continue reading Common Sense Questions About the Common Core Test

An interview with Washington State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones

  Erin Jones is running for Washington State Superintendent to be in charge of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). According to the OSPI webpage, it is “the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in Washington state”. Presently, … Continue reading An interview with Washington State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones

PBS News Hour: “Why this Seattle teacher opposes Common Core testing”. A video segment with Jesse Hagopian

PBS News Hour recently came to Seattle to interview Bill Gates about the Common Core Standards. While the crew was here, they also interviewed school teacher Jesse Hagopian. Continue reading PBS News Hour: “Why this Seattle teacher opposes Common Core testing”. A video segment with Jesse Hagopian