PAA challenges negative effects of EdTechJOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed filmParents challenge PARCC/SBAC test secrecyNPE 2016 conference report
PAA challenges negative effects of EdTech
JOIN US! Here’s how to start a PAA chapter!
Every parent and community member should see the Killing Ed film
Parents challenge PARCC/SBAC test secrecy
NPE 2016 conference report

PAA Book club report

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We had a great start to our PAA Book Club last night. Unfortunately, the record function did not work and we were not able to record the session. So, instead, here is a written summary of the session. Summary of PAA Book Club meeting March 29, 2016 We discussed “Beware the Roadbuilders: Literature as Resistance” by P. L. Thomas, who graciously agreed to join us for the meeting. Julie Woestehoff, PAA interim executive director, welcomed everyone to the meeting and …

Parents looking for SBAC and PARCC scoring answers!

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We are hearing that there are some major problems with the way the SBAC and PARCC tests are going to be scored this year – specifically, that most of the language arts tests will be computer-scored, a process that experts consider unreliable. What’s worse, the test publishers have failed to deliver on promised results of computer scoring validity and reliability studies. Here’s some background information on this issue. PAA has endorsed the following letter drafted by PAA co-founder, Leonie Haimson, …

PAA requesting investigation of growing student test stress

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Today, PAA sent the following message to the National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics, asking for an investigation of growing student test stress: Parents Across America (PAA) is requesting an investigation into the increase in test anxiety in students across our nation and its effects on children’s mental health and ability to learn. PAA has gathered a significant amount of research showing that, as high-stakes standardized tests have multiplied, growing percentages of students have begun to …

Educators endorse PAA test stress position paper

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PAA Position Paper Parents Stand Up against Test Stress Updated January 2016 Across our nation, children of all ages are showing a jump in test anxiety. As high-stakes standardized tests have multiplied, growing percentages of students have begun to report test-related stress. More are seeking test-stress counseling. Media reports of psychological and physiological symptoms tied to testing have increased. Some students are able to manage the pressures of high-stakes testing. Others are overwhelmed. Parents, teachers, administrators, and mental health professionals …

Press release: Parents, educators, child health professionals stand together against growing test stress in children

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Contacts: Julie Woestehoff, Interim Executive Director, Parents Across America, 773-715-3989 Laura Bowman, leader of PAA-Roanoke Valley (VA), 540-819-6385 Danielle Arnold-Schwartz, leader of PAA- Suburban Philadelphia (PA), 215-498-2549 March 8, 2016: Today, Parents Across America announces the endorsement of its position paper, “Parents Stand up Against Test Stress,” by such prominent educators as Alfie Kohn, Jonathan Kozol, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige (list here). PAA has also contacted the National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics asking that they investigate …

PAA interim ED endorsed for ESSA rulemaking body

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Now that ESEA has become the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, new rules must be drafted to implement the law. The US Department of Education recently requested nominations for people representing various constituencies to help negotiate these rules. Thirty-one groups came together to nominate PAA’s Julie Woestehoff to represent parents and students. You can read a copy of the nomination letter here. This kind of position often goes almost automatically to the National PTA. PAA and other groups have …

Join the PAA Book Club!

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PAA Book Club For some time, PAA has been having our own discussions about poverty, race and educational opportunity. We’ve gathered a lot of very important facts and research, created some useful materials, and shared them in webinars and workshops. We’d like more people to join us in this important conversation, and we thought that an online book club would be a good way to do that. Much of the information we’ve been collecting has come from Dr. P. L. …

A California superintendent speaks out on charter schools

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The following was shared with us by our newest chapter, PAA-Marin (CA): 18 months into a highly contentious local battle over the conversion of a “district-wide program of choice” into a charter school, which included two unanimous denials by the local school board, and a unanimous denial by our county office of education, the Ross Valley Charter was approved by the CA State Board of Education. During its twenty year history, the district program had received many critiques, perhaps the …

Where do the 2016 presidential candidates stand on education? UPDATED

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PAA cannot and does not endorse any candidate, but we are committed to educating parents and the general public about where the candidates and parties stand on education issues. The information in the following table was retrieved on Feb. 10, 2016 from www.ontheissues.org/education and www.ballotpedia.org, on Feb. 15, 2016 from the candidates’ web sites, and from media reports. We have focused on the two remaining Democratic candidates and the top 6 Republican nominees based on today’s national polling. Download a …

How did your state do? Finally, a report card for us!

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We so used to hearing about the education-related report cards the corporate reform world is always giving out. Achieve just released its state-by-state “honesty gap” report comparing state test scores with NAEP national test scores. ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, gives the best report card grades to states that privatize schools, test students often, and fire a lot of teachers. These reports are simply not helpful, serving only to promote the anti-public education political agenda. Fortunately, the Network for …