Special Section: The Common Core Dissenters:
In June 2010, the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers released Reaching Higher: The Common Core State Standards Validation Committee. The committee comprised 28 members, but the report included only 24 signatures. The four who would not go along are Alfinio Flores (U. Delaware), R. James Milgram (Stanford U.), Sandra Stotsky (U Arkansas), and Dylan Wiliam (ETS). Professor Flores declined to submit an explanation. But, dissents from Professors Milgram, Stotsky, and Wiliam can be found here:
New in the Nonpartisan Education Review:
- Martinez, Tost, Hilgert, Woodard-Meyers, Gang Membership Risk Factors for Eighth-Grade Students (article)
- Quail, Nos Censuimus Igitur Essemus (essay)
- Fitzhugh, Bend it Like Truman (essay)
- Fitzhugh, It's the Students, Stupid! (essay)
- Quirk, The Bogus Research in Kamii and Dominick's Harmful Effects of Algorithms Papers (research review)
- Quirk, The "Parrot Math" Attack on Memorization (research review)
- Stotsky, Literature or Technical Manuals: Who Should Be Teaching What, Where, and Why? (essay)
Special Section: The Problem of Private Data in Education Research:
Special Section: Depraved Indifference: Testing Experts and Education Policy
Point-Counterpoint: Educators, Cheating, & Testing Standards:
Also in the Nonpartisan Education Review:
- McNee, Why Billy Can't Read (resource)
- Martel: DC Public Schools Fail to Meet Performance Requirements of 4 Foundation Grants (resource)
- Dancis, College Readiness--A Simple Description (essay), # K-12 "Pretend Mathematics" Curriculum Produces Freshmen Who Know Less Algebra (resource), # All Teachers Can Learn Mathematics; All Students Can Learn Mathematics From Teachers Who Know Mathematics (resource), # U.S. Government should stop financing arithmetic avoidance (essay)
- Stamm, Quality versus quantity (essay), # The Common Sense of Copying (essay), # The Real Source of Success in Japanese Education (essay)
- Oliphant, Standard Worldwide American Dictionary English versus Polyglot America (book) # AlzHope: A Multi-volume eBook Confidence Builder for Alzheimer’s Worriers (book) # Recommended Reading: the National Association of Scholars, and the Limits of Consensualism (review)
- Beals, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education (book review)
- Stichter, High Stakes Accountability and High School Student Perceptions of Instructional Climate: A Longitudinal Trend Study (article)
- Junk Science Mom, Nothing Fair about the Fair Test Junk Science (essay), FairTest's Fishy Finances (essay)
- Garelick, Raising a Left-Brain Child in a Right-Brain World (book review), The Common Core Math Standards: When Understanding is Overrated (essay)
ANNOUNCING: New Educational Foundations: A Trans-ideological Journal of Criticism and ReviewTM. Volume 1 & Volume 2
US Government Accountability Office (GAO) collecting information on potential state testing improprieties
"The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has created this
website for the purpose of gathering information on fraudulent behavior
in state-administered standardized tests. The information submitted here
will be used as part of an ongoing GAO investigation into cheating by
school officials nationwide, and will be referred to the appropriate
State Educational Agency, the U.S. Department of Education, or other
agencies, as appropriate.
"Any information provided through this website will be encrypted
through our secure server and handled only by authorized staff. GAO will
not release any individually identifiable information provided through
this website unless compelled by law or required to do so by Congress.
Anonymous reports are also welcome. However, providing GAO with as much
information as possible allows us to ensure that our investigation is as
thorough and efficient as possible. Providing contact information is
particularly important to enable clarification or requests for
additional information regarding submitted reports."
On a related note, see Ed Rozycki's notes on Combatting
ANNOUNCING: Team Metric, an organization with a mission.
"STEM curricula must move towards a greater focus and coherence; we believe that no change would achieve this goal more effectively than removing US customary (inch-pound) units from formal education. A Metric-only approach to STEM education would provide a rational, science-based, intuitive system to learn and build upon. We support metric-only education."
The Silicon Valley Education Foundation hosts an interesting discussion on test cheating.
ProCon.org posts new issue page on standardized tests. (See also their issue page on teacher tenure.)
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