Science Scores on International Assessments: The Sky is Falling

In yesterday’s post, I described Science Debate 2008, and efforts to engage the two major candidates for President to answer 14 important questions about science.  The one question that focused on science education was as follows: A comparison of 15-year-olds in 30 wealthy nations found that average science scores among U.S. students ranked 17th, while […]

Teaching Science as if your Classroom was a Community

The community, as a concept, is where the action is not only when dealing with environmental, social and political issues, but is one of the most important ideas for us to incorporate into our approach to teaching.  A teacher, in a sense, is a community organizer who works with a group of students to teach […]

Standards’ Gatekeepers Upset When Georgia Parent Claims New Coursework is Bogus

Last week, in a piece published in the Atlanta Journal (Let’s discuss how bogus new math coursework is), Kimberly Learnard, a Fayette County, Georgia parent took the Georgia Department of Education to task, including Superintendent Kathy Cox, criticizing the Georgia Performance Standards in Mathematics.  She took exception to one of the methods advocated in the […]

Standards' Gatekeepers Upset When Georgia Parent Claims New Coursework is Bogus

Last week, in a piece published in the Atlanta Journal (Let’s discuss how bogus new math coursework is), Kimberly Learnard, a Fayette County, Georgia parent took the Georgia Department of Education to task, including Superintendent Kathy Cox, criticizing the Georgia Performance Standards in Mathematics.  She took exception to one of the methods advocated in the […]

Should High-Stakes (Science) Tests Be Eliminated?

There is very little criticism in the science education literature about the science standards, and the use of high-stakes tests.  An issue I raise here is should the use of high-stakes tests not only in science, but other content areas be continued? I am being motivated to discuss this issue, as I did the decentralization […]

Reading and Math Needed Before Science Can Be Learned?

The Science Report for the Trial Urban District Assessment recently became available by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Ten large urban U.S. school districts volunteered to participate in science testing, grades 4 and 8 in 2005, and the results of the test administration were just made available. Most editorial pages of newspapers in […]

Optional—Your SAT Test Score

Suppose colleges and universities stopped using the SAT as part of their admission process into undergraduate school? Decades ago, Bates College and Bowdoin College eliminated the use of the test in the admission process, and now, nearly one-fourth of the top undergraduate schools in the USA no longer use the test. Why? Is the test […]

Part Deux: No Child Left Behind “Needs Improvement”

There is a high school in a Georgia County (in the Metro-Atlanta area) that will remain nameless. I know about the school because I lived within two miles of it. I could be writing about any school in the State or the nation for that matter. Anyway, the school is considered one of the top […]

Part Deux: No Child Left Behind "Needs Improvement"

There is a high school in a Georgia County (in the Metro-Atlanta area) that will remain nameless. I know about the school because I lived within two miles of it. I could be writing about any school in the State or the nation for that matter. Anyway, the school is considered one of the top […]

No Child Left Behind “Needs Improvement”

Into today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, the article “Long road to school sanctions” underscored the dilemma that this country is in with regard to the education of youth. Instead of educating youth, enormous resources have been and continue being spent of mandated testing, and then the holding of schools and districts hostage—before and after the results […]

No Child Left Behind "Needs Improvement"

Into today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, the article “Long road to school sanctions” underscored the dilemma that this country is in with regard to the education of youth. Instead of educating youth, enormous resources have been and continue being spent of mandated testing, and then the holding of schools and districts hostage—before and after the results […]

Backwards—Trying to Make the Cows Fatter

Have you ever given serious thought to the obsession this country has for state-wide and national testing. In previous posts I’ve discussed the dilemma that state departments of education have created in their outright commitment to testing the brains out of students grades 1 through 12. I recall a good friend of mine telling me […]

Sad State of High School Graduation Rates

In an earlier post, which was critical of an editorial in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, I pointed out that reform in science education needs to focus on what is happening in urban high schools (or what is not happening). We are losing many of our students, and in some urban cities, we […]

State-Wide Testing: A Recent Trend?

I wrote in the last two posts I openned a discussion about the phenomenon of state-wide testing that determines whether students are retained or passed (out) on to the next grade. The results, as I pointed out in Georgia, are not exactly “world-class” although Governor and Superintendent of Schools have that as one of their […]

We’ll Make Them World Class Students, By George!

So says Georgia Superintendent of Schools, Kathy Cox, and Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue. We’ll make the bar higher; make the curriculum tougher; and test them till the sun goes down. Not a quote, but that’s their idea. According to Cox, “we could not wait any longer.” “The world is going to have high expectations for […]

We'll Make Them World Class Students, By George!

So says Georgia Superintendent of Schools, Kathy Cox, and Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue. We’ll make the bar higher; make the curriculum tougher; and test them till the sun goes down. Not a quote, but that’s their idea. According to Cox, “we could not wait any longer.” “The world is going to have high expectations for […]

Lots of Kids Left Behind

Yesterday I wrote about the hoax of standards, and the call to throw out state-wide tests. Recently the Georgia Department of Education released preliminary results based on the CRCT tests that were administered state-wide in the spring. You can go the Department of Education, and view the results by grade level. It might make you […]

State-Wide Testing, The Hoax of Tough Standards–It's Time to Stop Testing

I wanted to write about our nations obsession with testing the daylights out of students in our schools, K-12 about a week ago, but got side-tracked by writing about climate change! Go figure. The State of Georgia released the results of its state-wide testing program, and the results showed that more than 25% of Georgia’s […]

State-Wide Testing, The Hoax of Tough Standards–It’s Time to Stop Testing

I wanted to write about our nations obsession with testing the daylights out of students in our schools, K-12 about a week ago, but got side-tracked by writing about climate change! Go figure. The State of Georgia released the results of its state-wide testing program, and the results showed that more than 25% of Georgia’s […]

Dropping Out of High School is the Thing to Do

Or at least, that seems to be the situation in American high schools. According to statistics compiled by The Gates Foundation, and reported on their website Stand Up, one-third of public high school students will not graduate. You can investigate the statistics for your own state, and even get statistics on any public school in […]