Tag Archives: Special Education

Common Core Tests: Educational Malpractice for Students with Special Needs

Dear Mr. and Mrs Gates: This is what is gong on in every county across the country as students with disabilities are forced to take tests they are not yet ready for and have not learned the content: In about … Continue reading

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High Stakes Testing, Special Education: A False Picture of Failure

  Dear Bill and Melinda, I am a retired teacher from the Rhode Island School for the Deaf.  I taught English Language Arts in the middle school and high school until retiring in the fall of 2011. One of the … Continue reading

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My name is Andrea Rediske, and I am Ethan Rediske’s mother. Please Pass #EthansAct! #EyesOnDOE

Dear Bill and Melinda, A national wave of empathy and outrage was created when the state of Florida demanded a child named Ethan Rediske take the FCAT high stakes test.  Despite the fact that Ethan was on his deathbed at … Continue reading

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“What sober person gives standardized tests to a kindergartner? Ever meet a 5-year-old?” – Part 2

Dear Bill and Melinda, I wrote “What sober person gives standardized tests to a kindergartner? Ever meet a 5-year-old?” – Part 1 to give parents of five year olds the beginning of some insight into what is happening because of … Continue reading

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Is success for America’s children REALLY your goal, after all?

Dear Bill and Melinda, One of our readers, a colleague, and friend — Katie Osgood commented on our blog.  Katie is a special education teacher in Chicago.  She responds to Beniko Mason’s (a teacher in Japan) letter,  “A Reader From … Continue reading

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Every single one of my students “failed” the state test this past school year, and only 1 student passed in the entire 3rd grade at my school. Does this mean my colleagues and I are poor teachers?

Mr. and Mrs. Gates, “You can lead a horse to water, but cannot make him drink.” This old saying pretty much sums up the education profession. Teachers and other education professionals devote their lives to imparting knowledge to children day … 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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