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Part 3: High Stakes Testing and Opting Out: The Variables

Posted on by Dora Taylor

  The Variables High stakes testing has ramifications including ending careers and affecting communities by closing schools. Hence, we need to look carefully at the variables that might affect a student’s performance on a test. Teachers and principals do not work in a vacuum. They have students with lives outside school. Students live in a real world. The real world affects how they behave and their ability to focus in class. These factors include: English being a second language The …

Good news in Seattle: corporate education reform tide is pushed back!

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The following update is by Sue Peters, a founding member of Parents Across America and Parents Across America -Seattle, where over the course of the past year, grassroots organizing, community members and stakeholders  have beaten down the forces of corporate reform several times, including in the latest school board elections. Amazingly, the State of Washington still does not allow charter schools, in the backyard of that privatization juggernaut, the Gates Foundation.  This year, Seattle has also forced the resignation of …

New alliance between Murdoch and Gates to "differentiate" learning

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Today, Vicki Phillips of the the Gates Foundation announced the creation of an  an “amazing” new software program that will be like a “huge app store – just for teachers – with the Netflix and Facebook capabilities we love the most.” “There are few times in life when we are fortunate enough to be part of something amazing. I believe this is one of those times, and I am especially excited because the “something amazing” is being led by states…..” Sure, …

Plan to host Teach for America at Univ. of Washington highlights hypocrisy of ed reform

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A controversial new plan to host and fast-track Teach for America recruits alongside regular M.A. teaching students at Seattle’s University of Washington sparks protests and highlights the hypocrisy and double standards of ed reform The doublespeak of ed reformers who repeatedly declare that the key to a successful education is to put an “excellent” teacher in every classroom, and then turn around and promote young, Teach for America recruits — with only five weeks’ training, no in-class experience, and only …