I started this blog in 2005 to augment my book The Art of Teaching Science (Public Library), and to write about progressive & humanistic science teaching. Over the years it morphed into a blog that not only explores science education, but its more of a discussion of the unnerving intrusion of corporate education-wannabes with lots of money who want to change education for their own ends.… Read more
The headline in Thursday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution was “Parents push back on required testing.”
Could the movement to Opt Out of high-stakes testing be the third strike against using high stakes testing to rate teachers? In an earlier post, two studies were reviewed that cast doubt on the use of VAM scores (which are based on student achievement scores) and classroom observation systems to rate teachers.… Read more
Dr. Carstarphen is bringing five administrators who worked for her in Austin. These people will form the nucleus of her cabinet or central staff. With outside private funding, she and her staff have set up shop and begun the transition to take over the APS in July.
What kind of administration will emerge from the Austin group? … Read more
Two curve balls were thrown at the movement to evaluate teachers using student tests scores and classroom observations. Both were strikes!
Attempts to evaluate teachers have focused on classroom observations of teacher performance, and the contributions (value added) teachers make to student test score gains.
Two studies were published recently, casting doubt on the use of classroom observations and VAM as strong indicators of teacher quality.… Read more
In an earlier post, I challenged candidates for state school superintendent to oppose the Common Core State Standards. Today, I am writing to candidates for Governor and State School Superintendent of Georgia to oppose High-Stakes testing. If they would, they’d open the door to a new paradigm of assessment that would improve education in Georgia beyond their wildest dreams.… Read more
Dear Candidates for Georgia School Superintendent,
Today, I want to challenge you to not only oppose Georgia’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), but also the use of high-stakes tests such as the CRCT. In this post, I’ll offer some facts you can use to discuss why to oppose the CCSS. In the next post, we’ll give reasons why high-stakes tests need to abolished.… Read more
This is a reblog from the Moyers & Company website. It’s an article written by John Light that I’ve reblogged here as a follow up the May 7th post entitled Extreme Earth: Coming to an Environment Near You.
This animated chart from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences shows the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.
There are 15 people running for Georgia State School Superintendent in the primary election on May 20th. There are 9 Republicans and 6 Democrats jockeying for positions for the November election. In this post I want to explore issues that ought to be important in this election.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a story in which the writers connected the state of Georgia’s new academic performance score card with poverty.
In their article they reported that Georgia students in poor schools got lower grades than students in affluent schools. To show this they used a bar graph comparing poor schools (schools who have 40 or more percent students receiving free or reduced lunch) and affluent schools (less than 40 percent). Three comparisons (see Figure 1) are shown at the elementary, middle and high school levels.… Read more