Tag Archives: NCLB

Where in all of this testing is a benefit for students?

Dear Bill and Melinda, Below, one of our readers responds to our blog post “My name is Andrea Rediske, and I am Ethan Rediske’s mother. Please Pass #EthansAct! #EyesOnDOE“ “The tests given to our children claim to be criterion referenced meaning … Continue reading

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#StackRanking and Other Immoral Horrors: The Invisible Hands and Invisible Morals of Bill and Melinda Gates

Dear Bill and Melinda, I would like to explore the cause and effect of your Microsoft system of stack ranking on the lives of children and teachers.  What happens when your actual policies don’t match your “advertised” ideology?  What brings … Continue reading

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How to Create a Negative School Climate 101

Dear Mr. Gates and Mr. Duncan,               I thought I had better get this to you now while it is still on my mind. At the end of the last school year, I was informed that I would be teaching 7th … Continue reading

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“What is the ranking of my child?”

Dear Bill and Melinda, “What is the ranking of my child?” This is a pretty common question that teachers get at parent-teacher conferences. It seems like a simple question that would result in a simple answer or number. And herein … Continue reading

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Here’s an idea, what if every school adopted a dual career and college readiness mandate?

Dear Bill, The Common Core’s emphasis on independent mastery of complex informational text puts weaker and learning disabled readers at a severe disadvantage. The Common Core also presumes that the information our students will need to analyze and interpret in … Continue reading

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Testing just gives him another reason to call himself a failure.

Dear Bill and Melinda Gates, For 19 years, I have taught middle school students. About ten years ago, I created a program at our school to address our neediest students: those at risk of dropping out of school even though … Continue reading

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Why is our country spending billions of dollars on exams, scoring, test preparation materials, and extra instruction that demoralizes and disenfranchises the very students they were intended to help?

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Gates, I have been teaching for 32 years. The students I teach are mostly from lower socio-economic backgrounds and also have learning differences. For many of my early teaching years, I advocated for improved services for … Continue reading

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Special Ed Teacher: High stakes testing is not the way to assess student progress or teacher effectiveness.

Dear Mr. Gates and the Gates Foundation, High stakes testing is not the way to assess student progress or teacher effectiveness. The tests currently in use – and worse, the ones coming, such as the PARCC test – have little … Continue reading

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If implemented fully, the reforms you promote will have crippling effects on student learning, teacher quality, and public education in general.

Dear Bill and Melinda, I believe your involvement in the current educational “reform” movement began with good intentions.  However, it seems to me that your educational philosophies, particularly your enthusiasm for the use of high-stakes testing, are dangerously misguided.  If … Continue reading

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I’ve never been invited to the table to talk about assessment with policy makers.

Dear Mr. Gates, Our public schools are eroding because of the policies of corporate education reform. Who am I? I am a first grade teacher. This will be my twenty-fourth year in the classroom. I was fortunate to begin my … Continue reading

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