I recently wrote a piece about why the standardized assessments that are being designed to align with the Common Core State Standards will not be as "game changing" as supporters, such as Education Secretary Arne Duncan, have promised. Here, an award-winning New York principal who was once a Common Core supporter writes about problems with the coming assessment. Carol Burris is principal of South Side High School in New York. She was named the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is one of the co-authors of the principals' letter against evaluating teachers by student test scores, which has been signed by 1,535 New York principals.Read full article >>
The Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards this year recognize 18 principals from area school districts who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment, using a combination of management, interest in staff and students, respect for learning and vision for the future.Read full article >>
Two years after a high school football player’s suicide heightened public concern about discipline practices in Fairfax County’s schools, a new round of debate is underway about how students in trouble should be questioned and punished.Read full article >>
Here's a Q & A with a Pennsylvania mother about why she decided not to let her 9-year-old son take the state's standardized test. Kathy Newman is part of a growing movement of parents who are choosing to "opt out" of the state's test-based accountability system -- at least in states that give families that option. (In Florida, for example, it is very hard to opt out; you can see that by reading this post about a severely disabled, blind boy forced to take the state's standardized accountability test.) Newman wrote a piece for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about her decision. Following is a Q & A I did with her by e-mail.
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Here is one resignation letter from a veteran teacher, Gerald J. Conti, a social studies teacher at Westhill High School in Syracuse, N.Y.:Read full article >>
The online education company known as Coursera has racked up gaudy numbers within a year of its launch: 3.1 million users from around the world have signed up for an ever-expanding menu of courses offered for free from 62 leading colleges and universities.Read full article >>
The last two finalists vying for the job of Prince George’s school superintendent withdrew from consideration Friday.
Alvin L. Crawley, the county’s interim superintendent, and Harrison Peters, a schools chief in the Chicago Public School System, notified the board of their decision just three weeks after they were formally introduced to the public as candidates.Read full article >>
Virginia lawmakers welcomed Teach for America to the state this year with a unanimous vote so that the selective teaching corps could obtain an alternative license and deploy its army of elite college graduates as rookie teachers to school districts in need.Read full article >>