August 15, 2012
In a recent article in Scientific American, it was suggested that the U.S. should adopt higher standards in science, and that all 50 states should adopt them.
When you check the literature on science standards, the main reason for aiming for higher standards (raising the bar) is because in the “Olympics” of international academic test taking, the U.S. never takes home the gold.… Read more
April 6, 2012
Why are we supporting the notion of a single set of science standards which has been done in mathematics and language reading/language art? We live in a democracy. One the of founding principles of education is that elected school board members for the more than 15,000 school districts are charged with making decisions for each local school district. What are we thinking?… Read more
March 19, 2012
Teacher bashing has become a contact sport that is played out by many U.S. Governors. The rules of the game are staked against teachers by using measures that have not been substantiated scientifically. For many governors, and mayors it is fair play to release the names of every teacher in the city, and their Value-added score determined by analyzing student achievement test scores.… Read more
March 8, 2012
The Georgia Senate approved Senate Bill 420 which is an amendment to part of the Official Code Georgia. The bill relates to the accountability assessment for K-12 education. The passage of the bill further degrades education and Georgia, and applies punitive measures to further humiliate and disregard educators in the state. The 5-Star evaluation of each school and district, and a numerical score for each school’s student performance indicators is simplistic for such a complex system as K-12 education.… Read more
March 7, 2012
There is an unrivaled assault on the teaching profession. It emerged and has sustained itself when education policy makers convinced themselves that public education should be based on standards driven accountability model, combined with high-stakes testing.
The goal of this model of education is to improve student achievement test scores in mathematics, reading, and science. There is also a goal of decreasing the gap in achievement scores between white students and black and Hispanic students.… Read more
February 16, 2012
Post 2. Read Post 1 here.
This post was published on Anthony Cody’s blog, Living in Dialogue.
Practicing teachers, clinical professors, and researchers who work in the field know that assessing teachers or students requires much more than simply looking at test scores. And indeed, researchers who have examined the value-added assessment system which purports to measure the “teacher effect” on student achievement test scores, question it’s validity and more important reliability.… Read more
February 16, 2012
Posted on Anthony Cody’s Living in Dialogue blog.
In a post last week, I reported that Georgia’s Cobb County School System rejected the superintendent’s proposal to hire 50 Teacher for America teachers for schools located in South Cobb. Many of the South Cobb schools are underperforming schools. I suggested that this was a good decision, but also indicated that it was done by default.… Read more