Category Archives: Testing

NYC teacher: “THIS is what the Common Core is doing to our children; it’s heartbreaking and wrong”

Bill, You yourself said the authoritative voice is that of the teachers. Read what this Brooklyn, NY teacher – whom I hold in high regard – has to say about your Common Core package. – Katie Lapham “Today after school … Continue reading

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Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill chapter 6

Chapter 6: Like a Family Dear Mr. Gates, Microsoft’s “stack ranking” management practice has been in the news lately, most recently on Valerie Strauss’ blog The Answer Sheet (Microsoft’s lesson on what not to do with teachers, Washington Post, 8/26/13). … Continue reading

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#CCSS: Twenty times the testing may be an understatement for some districts.

Dear Bill and Melinda, Twenty times the testing may be an understatement for some districts. My former district (retired) developed its own practice tests for reading and math which was given three times a year (once after regular state testing … Continue reading

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If the Hart Research poll method is so reliable, then TEST only .09% of ALL children.

Dear Bill and Melinda, There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the American Federation of Teachers’ Union [AFT] poll on their teacher’s approval/disapproval of Common Core State Standards. Some teachers have been wondering aloud on Twitter:  “How many … Continue reading

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Real education reform would focus on ____________

Dear Bill, Someone posted something on Facebook today I have to take issue with here. The post suggested the math skills learned in high school are not applicable in real life. Actually, we use the skills taught in math classes … Continue reading

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The 12 Steps to Recovery for Teachers Under the Influence of Corporate Education Reform

Dear Bill and Melinda, There is a disease in public education. Some of us are now addicted to corporate education reform. For those wondering how to tell whether you are suffering from this disease, we recommend the following self-assessment: A … Continue reading

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This is my last day – Ron Maggiano

Dear Bill and Melinda, I have quit teaching because I can no longer cooperate with the standardized testing regime that is destroying creativity and innovation in our schools. Today was my last day. Here is my story: Award-winning Virginia teacher: … Continue reading

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