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High Stakes Testing: Part 1

Posted on by Dora Taylor

To follow is the first in a series of posts describing what high stakes testing is, how it began, the ramifications of this type of testing and  how it will affect every student. High Stakes Testing: A Little History   “…I discovered then, in my early teaching career, that learning is best driven by ideas, challenges, experiences, and activities that engage students. My experience over the past 45 years has confirmed this. We have come far from that time in …

Race to the Top Going from District to District – Lessons Learned

Posted on by Dora Taylor

After Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gleaned as much as he could out of the Race to the Top funding, such as it was, by putting a carrot in front of the donkey with potential money to the states, he decided to go from district to district selling his wares. The state of Washington did not seriously go after Race to the Top money, knowing what the price was, charter schools and the wasting of community schools through closures and …

A Virginia parent speaks truth to Arne Duncan

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

We welcome our first chapter in Virginia, PAA-Roanoke Valley, and its leader, Laura Bowman.Check out (and like!) their new Facebook page! Here’s the story Laura told us about why she wanted to start a PAA chapter: I think it’s so important to have a parent group in my area speaking up in support of our public schools, teachers, and students.  I believe that high stakes testing and the education reform movement have hijacked our schools and turned them into testing …

Part 1 : High Stakes Testing and Opting Out: A Short History

Posted on by Dora Taylor

  High Stakes Testing: A Short History “…I discovered then, in my early teaching career, that learning is best driven by ideas, challenges, experiences, and activities that engage students. My experience over the past 45 years has confirmed this. We have come far from that time in the ’60s. Now the mantra is high expectations and high standards. Yet, with all that zeal to produce measurable learning outcomes we have lost sight of the essential motivations to learn that moved …

On class size, will the federal government listen to parents, as did NZ?

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The Obama administration has proposed that in next year’s education budget, 25 percent  of the funds available to school districts to reduce class size or keep teachers on staff be diverted to a competitive grant program to create and expand “new pathways” to teaching – e.g. to help fund organizations like Teach For America. That would mean a cut of more than $600 million, and if approved, would lead to even larger classes in schools throughout the country next year.  …

PAA to USDE: Listen to parents, change your policies

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CONTACT: Julie Woestehoff (Chicago IL) pure@pureparents.org 773-715-3989 Leonie Haimson (New York NY) classsizematters@gmail.com 917-435-9329 Robin Hiller (Tucson AZ) rhiller@voicesforeducation.org 520-668-4634 Lorie Barzano (Austin TX) coalitionsaus@gmail.com (512)694-9747 or 447-5577 Parents Across America members meet with USDE, saying: “Listen to parents, change your policy direction.” WASHINGTON, D. C. – Several members of Parents Across America (PAA), a national network of activist parents, participated in a Parent Leaders meeting today hosted by the U. S. Department of Education’s Office of Communications and Outreach. …

PSAT for 8-23-11: Twitter Arne

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

From the USDE: The Department of Education announced today that Secretary Arne Duncan will participate in the first-ever #AskArne Twitter Town Hall on August 24, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Veteran education journalist John Merrow will moderate the town hall that will also be broadcast live on ED’s ustream channel. Twitter users can submit questions to the Secretary using the hashtag #AskArne. #### For Public Schools Action Tuesday today, why not send in a question for Arne? In addition to …