Reformists of different stripes staked out their territory on the air and online this week. And SchoolBook updated its data to reflect the latest scores, school numbers and survey results. Check out your school page.
Critics of high stakes standardized tests have started an Internet campaign to petition for an overhaul of mandated testing.
Why should pressure groups who won battles a generation ago in other states and regions determine what appears on the tests of New York City?
New York City Department of Education officials said late Monday that they were pulling back on a clause in contracts for testing companies that list 50 words and topics that they should avoid in creating new tests.
The New York City public school system has about 1.1 million students — a number so large that it is easy to forget that it is made up of individuals. In his On Education column in The New York Times this Monday morning, Michael Winerip reminds us of the many young lives in the city’s hands, and puts the focus on one of them.
With all that there is to be outraged about when it comes to public education and the fate of American children, the Internet is having a silly fit about a clause in a request for proposals sent out by the New York City Department of Education, listing 50 topics it wants the companies that make student tests to avoid.
The public schools may be closed all week for February Break, but critics and other writers are busy examining the new teacher evaluation agreement that was reached last week. Among the critics: Diane Ravitch and The Daily News columnist, Juan Gonzalez.
Helpful news out of the city’s Education Department: It has released a directory of all elementary school programs in the public schools, just in time to help parents who are registering their 5-year-olds for kindergarten.
Diane Ravitch, a professor of education and frequent critic of the school reform movement, says New York state’s school system is in trouble. She poses seven questions for a commission that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says he will form to look into student achievement and school accountability.
In the afterward of the paperback version of her book, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” Diane Ravitch continues her crusade against the school reform movement, reacting to the events, people and ideas of the last year and a half. Read some excerpts.
Criticism and debate have followed the publication of Steven Brill’s “Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools,” arguably the back-to-school book of the year.
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