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?

Testimony by a mother who knows: The SBAC, graduation, “College and Career Ready”

I am a high school math teacher and Richland School District parent. I’ve worked on the SBAC as a contractor for McGraw-Hill and on assessment committees for Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). I am a parent who understands … Continue reading Testimony by a mother who knows: The SBAC, graduation, “College and Career Ready”

Pearson and others are exploiting our children by using them to establish the validity, or lack thereof, of the SBAC

The state and school district are spending millions of dollars to buy the copyrighted tests, texts and teaching materials, purchasing computers and setting up the technology to administer the SBAC. We are not only paying in terms of cash but … Continue reading Pearson and others are exploiting our children by using them to establish the validity, or lack thereof, of the SBAC

The Opt Out Update: Protests planned in Chicago and Colorado this week as the Opt Out Movement continues to grow and Louisiana opts out of the Common Core Standards

Bush, Obama focus on standardized testing leads to ‘opt-out’ parents’ movement A decade into the school accountability movement, pockets of resistance to standardized testing are sprouting up around the country, with parents and students opting out of the high-stakes tests used to evaluate schools and teachers.   From Seattle, where 600 high school students refused to take a standardized test in January, to Texas, where 86 percent of school districts say the tests are “strangling our public schools,” anti-testing groups argue that bubble exams have proliferated beyond reason, delivering more angst than benefits.   “Over the last couple of years, … Continue reading The Opt Out Update: Protests planned in Chicago and Colorado this week as the Opt Out Movement continues to grow and Louisiana opts out of the Common Core Standards

The Weekly Update: The good news the ed reformers don’t want you to hear, following the money of corporate reform, testing, the Common Core Standards and how it all relates

So much news, so little time. First, the good news from edushyster: The Great Deception How to convince the public to abandon the wishy-washy notion of education for all in three easy steps. It is an indisputably true fact that our public schools are *hopelessly* failing beyond any hope of excellence. Yet the public remains strangely attached to the idea that publicly-funded schools have an obligation to educate all kids. Alas, that old-fashioned notion of equity is like the Lindsay Lohan of principles: washed-up and of waning interest. Today’s edu-visionary is all about excellence: the laser-honed vision of a 21st … Continue reading The Weekly Update: The good news the ed reformers don’t want you to hear, following the money of corporate reform, testing, the Common Core Standards and how it all relates

The Weekly Update: The Master Plan for privatizing our schools, student privacy, or a lack thereof, in Seattle Public Schools, Teach for America’s gold plated digs…and more.

There is so much insanity going on in the wild and whacked world of education these days that I am posting two updates this week and that does not include the opt out update. So let’s get started. First up, a follow-up on the issue of student privacy rights. Seattleites, if you haven’t already, check out The Road Map Project, Race to the Top, Bill Gates, a national data bank, Wireless Gen…and FERPA? to get up to speed on student privacy issues that could affect our students for the rest of their lives. There is a lawsuit in response to the … Continue reading The Weekly Update: The Master Plan for privatizing our schools, student privacy, or a lack thereof, in Seattle Public Schools, Teach for America’s gold plated digs…and more.

The Weekly Update: Gates’ test metric is imploding, disappearing students in El Paso, Pearson sells a blank art book and takes down 1.5M ed sites.

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed. Let’s start with Bill Gates. Posting this article gives me great sadness. I feel no anger and frustration, just sorrow in regards to what Gates has wrought with his millions of dollars. It will take time to turn the tide but it is becoming increasingly apparent that Gates’ way is not the right way. Unfortunately teachers and students have had to suffer much stress and turmoil being a part of Gates’ latest experiment. Gates Foundation’s MET Project Has Leaped Before Looking It is especially hard to understand why … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Gates’ test metric is imploding, disappearing students in El Paso, Pearson sells a blank art book and takes down 1.5M ed sites.

The Weekly Update: Following the money on online “learning”, education reform myths and the Pearson money grab

The Weekly Update for the news you might have missed. For more information on Initiative 1240 go to No on 1240. This week all eyes have been on Chicago where representatives of the Chicago Teachers Union are negotiating with the mayor and his appointed school board members: Selling the Soul of Public Education As we traipse through these weeks of conventioning, I know that the my-parents-showed-me-what-hard-work-means tales are getting a bit old. Still, please indulge me for a couple of paragraphs. My dad taught for 34 years in inner-city public high schools in Chicago. For much of my childhood, my … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Following the money on online “learning”, education reform myths and the Pearson money grab

Parents Across America in the News

PAA Action News This is from the Parents Across America Newsletter that is issued every week. If you would like to receive this, e-mail PAAnews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and request a subscription. Issue # 12 June 7, 2012 Information and action for parents coming together to strengthen our public schools. More at http://www.parentsacrossamerica.org. PAA Action Alert Help save class size reduction funds! The US Senate may vote as early as Tuesday next week on  the Obama administration’s proposal to cut more than $600M in Title II funds now used for class size reduction, and to re-allocated this money to competitive grants for “teacher … Continue reading Parents Across America in the News