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January 10, 2016

As PARCC releases scores reports to schools and parents, it has begun an active PR campaign stating how great the test and the reports are.  The blogs and videos go something like this:  PARCC is great because PARCC is great and the following logic is then provided:

  • PARCC is better than previous tests because it moves beyond multiple choice bubble tests.

  • PARCC raises the bar

  • PARCC will offer a clear picture...

September 5, 2015

As many in my state know, NJDoE has embarked on a review of the Common Core State Standards.  Of course, this is nothing more than political ploy by Governor Christie to cater to the base of his party as he runs for the Presidency.  Even if you put aside his political agenda, this review of the Common Core is a farce by NJDoE.  To see for yourself, visit their review website at: http://njstandardsrev...

June 18, 2015

My IGNITE talk (five minutes) at the 2015 NCTM Annual meeting in Boston, MA - challenging the mathematics education community to be more political on the education issues of the day including teacher evaluation, algebra II, and high school curriculum.

 

June 17, 2015

Today more U.S. eighth graders take algebra than any other math course but is this a good thing?  This push for universal eighth-grade algebra is based on an argument for equity, not on empirical evidence. The real evidence clearly shows that placing all students in 8th grade algebra is NOT a successful strategy.  A detailed summary of the research was released by the Brown Center entitled: "The Misplaced Math Students:...

June 15, 2015

By far, one of the mist political aspects of teaching today, is new teacher evaluation systems that often use student test scores to evaluate teachers.  The literature/research has much to say about this with the overwhelming evidence that there is no validity to such.  Several links are below with respect to this topic:

June 15, 2015

Given the controvery over the PARCC and Smarter Balanced Assessments, there is an opt out movement across the country.   Below are several links to articles about the pros and cons of Opt Out.

May 20, 2015

Recently NJ Education Commissioner Hespe wrote an op-ed defending PARCC by stating that “Too many students are graduating high school and heading to college, only to have to take remedial classes to learn materials that they should have already learned. In fact, a full 70 percent of students entering New Jersey's county colleges can't begin their college career unless they pay for remediation classes.”State Sen. Joseph...

May 11, 2015

One piece of data that I hear thrown around from time to time is that teachers stop improving after 3-5 years on the job. I hear it mostly in the context of “ed reform”, and usually from people who have taught for less than five years. Thinking about that claim, and the teachers I know and have had, makes me kinda mad.    Continue reading here.

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