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?

Testing resistance around the country, now a national movement: A state-by-state update

#PARCCWALKOUT for updates From Fair Test with additions made in italics: Testing Resistance & Reform News As the peak of spring standardized exam season nears, parents, students, teachers, superintendents, school board members, and state officials are escalating campaigns to stop … Continue reading Testing resistance around the country, now a national movement: A state-by-state update

Will the US Department of Education take your school’s Title 1 funds if you opt your student out of the SBAC? Short answer, no.

There is no federal or state law that requires financial penalties to schools’ Title I funds if parents refuse to allow their children to take the PARCC tests. The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law did include a mandate … Continue reading Will the US Department of Education take your school’s Title 1 funds if you opt your student out of the SBAC? Short answer, no.

An Audit of Bill Gates’ Common Core Spending

  Mercedes Schneider breaks it down for us in her post: A Brief Audit of Bill Gates’ Common Core Spending One man, lots of money, nationally shaping a profession to which he has never belonged.   This is a post … Continue reading An Audit of Bill Gates’ Common Core Spending

Common Core Standards Update

From deutsch29 : Mercedes Schneider’s EduBlog Update on Common Core Status in the States: Part Two On February 6, 2014, I posted my first of three installments regarding the state of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in statehouses nationwide– and even in the US Senate. Reaction to CCSS includes the Huckabee-promoted “rebranding” of the CCSS “product” as well as CCSS investigation, testing delay, and prohibition/voiding. Quite the spectrum of reaction. In the first installment, I included information on twelve states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, and South Carolina. This second installment concerns the state of CCSS in an additional … Continue reading Common Core Standards Update