Can You Pass Eleventh Grade?

This past week, education news outlets and blogs were abuzz when a school board member with impressive credentials took and could not pass the state standardized tests for students in his district. Rick Roach is a success by many definitions. From Marion Brady’s original piece (the first link):  Continue reading Can You Pass Eleventh Grade?

Education in America: Cheating Scandals

I’m sure those of you that follow education have seen reports of cheating in DC, Atlanta, Florida and now possibly New Jersey. I’m not sure these will be the last reports we hear, either. A lot of the blame is falling on the teachers, even as principals and administrators are being implicated. Continue reading Education in America: Cheating Scandals

No Constituent Left Behind

My fellow Americans, and friends from other countries who have to deal with us, we are facing a national crisis.  Our politicians are failing us while sucking the taxpayers dry, and it’s time we did something about it.  I’m proposing new legislation on behalf of all Americans: No Constituent Left Behind. Continue reading No Constituent Left Behind

Education in America: Indianapolis Mayor Fights for More Charter Schools

After several years of not meeting adequate yearly progress (AYP) under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), several Indianapolis high schools and one middle school face a takeover by the state this summer. The district, Indianapolis Public Schools, has until the results from standardized achievement tests (ISTEP+ for grades 3-8 and end of course assessments (ECAs) for grade 10) arrive t0 know the fate of five high schools and one middle school. Continue reading Education in America: Indianapolis Mayor Fights for More Charter Schools

Education in America: NY Teachers Appeal to Board of Regents

Many New York teachers, including eight former teachers of the year, have appealed to the Board of Regents about the recent change in how heavily standardized test scores will figure into NY teacher evaluations.  After originally agreeing to determining up to 20% of a teacher’s total score from test scores, the BoR caved to pressure from political groups to raise the amount to 40%. Continue reading Education in America: NY Teachers Appeal to Board of Regents

Education in America: Unforeseen Costs of Vouchers and Charters

I’m back after taking last week off, and today we’re going to play with hypotheticals. The news has been dominated recently with stories of mass teacher layoffs and terminations, including pink-slipping 5000+ teachers in Detroit; 1,500 in Broward County, FL; thousands in Texas; thousands in California; and thousands in New York City. Continue reading Education in America: Unforeseen Costs of Vouchers and Charters