How is High-Stakes Testing Related to Child Labor in the U.S.?

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Reblogged from Stop the CRCT Madness by Stephanie Jones.  Dr. Jones’ research engages the intersections of social class, gender, and race with language, literacies, and educational equity with a particular interest in social class and poverty.  You can follow her on her blog Engaged Intellectuals.

Context for Dr. Jones’ Article on Child Labor

I think Dr. Stephanie Jones’ Child Labor in the U.S. is very proper to reblog in light of events in Marietta, Georgia.… Read more

Why High-Stakes Tests Should Not Be Used to Measure Student or School Performance

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In my earlier post, I urged Atlanta’s new superintendent to explain to the Atlanta community why using high-stakes achievement measures, such as increasing achievement scores while raising the bar, should not be used to measure school performance.

Yet, for the next month, nearly 40 million students will take high-stakes achievement tests which will be used to check school, teacher, and student performance.  High-stakes tests (such as high-school exit exams) should not be used to test schools, teachers or students. … Read more

Terrill L. Nickerson: The Paradox of the Common Core

rockies2 Terrill Nickerson commented on the previous post on this blog, 6 Reasons Why the Common Core is Not Progressive Ideology.  I thought his comments were important to share as a separate post.  Terrill Nickerson has written an interesting article on how he approaches the Common Core and high-stakes testing in his context of teaching, which is in communities serving marginalized and underrepresented families.

He writes:

In my twenty-six years teaching in schools with large numbers of marginalized, and underrepresented families, I do not agree with the assertion that high-stakes testing and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) sprang out of progressive ideology.  … Read more

NAEP Large City Study Sheds Light on the Effects of the Atlanta Public Schools’ Cheating Scandal

NAEP Large City Study Sheds Light on the Effects of the Atlanta Public Schools’ Cheating Scandal.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) created the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) in 2002 to assess student achievement in the nation’s large urban districts.  Reading results were first reported in 2002 for six districts, and math results were reported in 2003 for 10 districts.

The NAEP provides data from 2002 through 2012 on math and reading and are comparable to NAEP national and state results because the same assessments are used.… Read more

PISA Testing in the Year 2063: Fives Walk to School on Thursday

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Note: This is a letter written by a teen living in Atlanta in the year 2063.   Her name is Sklyer F., a 14 year-old girl living in Atlanta with her family—3 brothers, her father who home schools his children, and her mother who is an activist-independent-politician. 

The PISA test, developed by the OECD, is in its 100th year, and is now used by all nations of world to assess the performance of students.  The test has been shortened so that each student can be assessed in reading, mathematics, and science.  

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Georgia’s High-Stakes Plan Based on Erroneous Conclusions

“High-stakes plan could change teachers pay,” is the title of an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution paper. The article is a good review of the history behind why the state is going to move to “merit” pay, and how the Race to Top grant that Georgia won in 2010 provided the funds and a mandate to pay teachers on the basis of performance. But earlier this year, the Superintendent of Education, Dr. John Barge, a Republican (who has announced he will run for governor in 2014 against Republican Nathan Deal), said that the merit plan will not be implemented in the 26 districts that are part of the Georgia’s RTT.… Read more

10 Ways to Modify the Druid Hills Charter Cluster in DeKalb County, Georgia

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The Druid Hills Charter Cluster, Inc., is a corporation that has petitioned to the DeKalb County School Board to convert seven public schools into a charter cluster. In 2010, the Georgia Legislature amended the Georgia code to enable a local board to act on a petition for a conversion charter school for a high school cluster if approved by 60 percent of faculty and parents. According to the law, two elections by secret ballot must be held, one for faculty and one for parents.… Read more