Georgia's Race to the Top: Follow the Money

In 2010 the Georgia Department of Education received ~$400 million from the Race to the Top (RT3) fund to Like all states that were winners in the Race to the Top (RT3) competition, Georgia’s scope of work entails four “project” areas: Standards and Rigorous Assessment–The grant proposal indicates that the state’s Common Core Georgia Performance […]

Georgia’s Race to the Top: Follow the Money

In 2010 the Georgia Department of Education received ~$400 million from the Race to the Top (RT3) fund to Like all states that were winners in the Race to the Top (RT3) competition, Georgia’s scope of work entails four “project” areas: Standards and Rigorous Assessment–The grant proposal indicates that the state’s Common Core Georgia Performance […]

Trojan Horse On Midnight Ride to Manage How Georgia Teachers Will Be Paid

Latest Story When the state of Georgia received a half billion dollars of Race to the Top funds from the U.S. Department of Education, it agreed to carry out several mandates, but two that stand out are: Adopt the Common Core State Standards Use Student Tests Scores as a Metric for Evaluating Teacher Performance In […]

Moneyball, Baseball, Teaching & Learning: Is there a Relationship?

  Moneyball: A book and a movie based on real events in which a baseball team is assembled using analytical, evidence-based, and sabermetric methods.  Sabermetrics is derived from the acronym  SABR meaning Society for American Baseball Research. GA AWARDS: An acronym which stands for Georgia’s Academic and Workforce Analysis and Research Data System.  GA AWARDS […]

Moneyball, Baseball, Teaching & Learning: Is there a Relationship?

  Moneyball: A book and a movie based on real events in which a baseball team is assembled using analytical, evidence-based, and sabermetric methods.  Sabermetrics is derived from the acronym  SABR meaning Society for American Baseball Research. GA AWARDS: An acronym which stands for Georgia’s Academic and Workforce Analysis and Research Data System.  GA AWARDS […]

From Educators to Racketeers: How Education Reform Led to a National Testing Scandal

Thirty-five Atlanta Public School educators were accused by a grand jury of racketeering, false statements and writings, false swearing, theft by taking and influencing witnesses. How could this happen in the Atlanta Public Schools (APS)?  The district is in a city that is home to The King Center, The Carter Center, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University, Georgia […]

Parent Revolution in Georgia’s HB 123?: I Don’t Think So

Today I received a letter from Ryan Donohue, Deputy Director Advocacy Director of  Parent Revolution informing that the Georgia House of Representatives passed HB 123, the “Parent & Teacher Empowerment Act.”  It is actually the Parent Trigger bill that you have all heard about, especially if you saw or read about the movie Won’t Back […]

Parent Revolution in Georgia's HB 123?: I Don't Think So

Today I received a letter from Ryan Donohue, Deputy Director Advocacy Director of  Parent Revolution informing that the Georgia House of Representatives passed HB 123, the “Parent & Teacher Empowerment Act.”  It is actually the Parent Trigger bill that you have all heard about, especially if you saw or read about the movie Won’t Back […]

Georgia Department of Education Says Evaluation Plan Won’t Work But Will Implement it Anyway?

The Georgia Department of Education claims that the evaluation system they developed along Federal guidelines needs to be modified. . They  think one part will not work because it will put the state at risk from lawsuits by teachers. When I first saw the headline in the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper, I thought that maybe […]

Georgia Department of Education Says Evaluation Plan Won't Work But Will Implement it Anyway?

The Georgia Department of Education claims that the evaluation system they developed along Federal guidelines needs to be modified. . They  think one part will not work because it will put the state at risk from lawsuits by teachers. When I first saw the headline in the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper, I thought that maybe […]

Georgia Educators' Open Letter: Proposed Teacher Evaluation Invalid, Unreliable, & Detrimental to Student Learning

Starting this Fall, Georgia will carry out a teacher and leader assessment system that will use student progress on content tests and administrator evaluation based on a checklist of teacher classroom behaviors to evaluate teachers. A group of Georgia professors has prepared a letter sent to key politicians including the governor,  the GA state school […]

Georgia Educators’ Open Letter: Proposed Teacher Evaluation Invalid, Unreliable, & Detrimental to Student Learning

Starting this Fall, Georgia will carry out a teacher and leader assessment system that will use student progress on content tests and administrator evaluation based on a checklist of teacher classroom behaviors to evaluate teachers. A group of Georgia professors has prepared a letter sent to key politicians including the governor,  the GA state school […]

The Common Core Arrives in Georgia: Reasons for Caution

The march to standardize and uniform the curriculum is a dangerous movement in a democratic society, and especially in one that is so diverse in cultures, languages, and geography as America.  How can we really think that one set of statements of science objectives written by non-practitioners can be truly be valid for all learners, […]

Georgia's "Priority" Schools: Still Held Hostage

This week, the Georgia Department of Education identified “priority” schools in Georgia. A “priority” school is one in which the students consistently perform poorly on tests, have low graduation rates, and are also receiving federal improvement funds. The designation of “priority school” is part of the new terminology in Georgia’s ESEA Flexibility Request, know commonly as […]

Georgia’s “Priority” Schools: Still Held Hostage

This week, the Georgia Department of Education identified “priority” schools in Georgia. A “priority” school is one in which the students consistently perform poorly on tests, have low graduation rates, and are also receiving federal improvement funds. The designation of “priority school” is part of the new terminology in Georgia’s ESEA Flexibility Request, know commonly as […]

NCLB Waivers: The Details in the Devil's Bargain

This post was also published on Anthony Cody’s blog, Living in Dialog at Education Week, January 15, 2012. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) wants to insure that every teacher in the U.S. is evaluated on the basis on student progress on high-stakes achievement tests.  To achieve this, the DOE will issues waivers on some […]

NCLB Waivers: The Details in the Devil’s Bargain

This post was also published on Anthony Cody’s blog, Living in Dialog at Education Week, January 15, 2012. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) wants to insure that every teacher in the U.S. is evaluated on the basis on student progress on high-stakes achievement tests.  To achieve this, the DOE will issues waivers on some […]

DEM, LEM, and TEM: The New Language of Accountability & Standards

Okay. Here is a multiple choice question for you to consider: DEM, LEM, and TEM are: a. Nicknames for the latest X-Box game superheroes b. Abbreviations for newly discovered planets outside the solar system c. Names of three new political parties in the State of Georgia d. Acroynms for Georgia’s system wide approach to effectiveness […]

DEM, LEM, and TEM: The New Language of Accountability & Standards

Okay. Here is a multiple choice question for you to consider: DEM, LEM, and TEM are: a. Nicknames for the latest X-Box game superheroes b. Abbreviations for newly discovered planets outside the solar system c. Names of three new political parties in the State of Georgia d. Acroynms for Georgia’s system wide approach to effectiveness […]

You'll Never Use This Again, or What Knowledge is of most Worth?

There was a very interesting editorial in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution entitled You’ll never us this math again.  It was written by Ken Sprague Sr., a high school math teacher.  Mr. Sprague, in his own words says: I’m not advocating an end to math, only an end to math for math’s sake.  I am advocating for […]

You’ll Never Use This Again, or What Knowledge is of most Worth?

There was a very interesting editorial in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution entitled You’ll never us this math again.  It was written by Ken Sprague Sr., a high school math teacher.  Mr. Sprague, in his own words says: I’m not advocating an end to math, only an end to math for math’s sake.  I am advocating for […]

Testing in Georgia: Students Miss the Mark or Did the State Officials

In today’s Atlanta Journal there was an article that reported that Georgia Department of Education officials were shocked by the state math and social studies tests. You see on the end-of-year CRCT only 20 to 30 percent of the students passed the social studies test, and about 40 percent of the Georgia’s could be held […]

Atlanta Schools Should Be Emphasizing Science

Yesterday I raised the question whether literacy in reading and math was necessary to teach and learn science. I was prompted by the statement made recently by the Atlanta Public School District’s superintendent that she was not concerned that science scores were low when the district needed to emphasize literacy, not science. And of course […]

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 […]

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 […]