Posts from April 8th, 2013
April 8, 2013
- Meet Jeane Stockheim, the 100-year-old who brought sex education to New York City schools. (The Cut)
- Jay Mathews touts a new prize for teachers that isn’t based on their students’ scores. (Class Struggle)
- Taking apart the “myth/fact” sheet that StudentsFirst recently put out about teacher evaluations. (Shanker)
- City school bus drivers are even angrier about the result of their monthlong strike. (World Socialist Web)
- A satirical multiple-choice test will tell you if you have what it takes to teach in Atlanta. (Times)
- Long Island principal Carol Burris continues her crusade against the Common Core. (Answer Sheet)
- A bill tracker shows a scattered but growing move for states to abandon the Common Core. (EdWeek)
- A GothamSchools contributor and advisor is getting classroom help from a history group. (Facing History)
- A supporter of MORE offers ideas for the union minority caucus’s after-elections plans. (NYCDOEnuts)
- Rotherham: Charter school waiting list numbers might be inflated, but demand is still strong. (Eduwonk)
- Harlem Children’s Zone president Geoffrey Canada’s favorite drink is … hot water. (Times)
- An England school is in hot water for letting students with special needs harm themselves. (Gawker)
April 8, 2013
UPDATE: Two weeks after releasing these data, the Department of Education revealed that an error by Pearson, the company that administered the screening tests, meant that thousands of students had been wrongly deemed ineligible for gifted programs.
Amid efforts to make the screening tests for the city’s gifted and talented programs harder to game, the proportion of test-takers who met the city’s eligibility threshold actually climbed this year, according to Department of Education data released today.
After more children than ever passed the screening tests last year by scoring at or above the 90th percentile on two assessments, the city announced that it would reduce the weight of a test that emphasized verbal skills, which was seen as favoring students from middle-class, English-speaking families, and introduce a new test that would be harder to prepare for. The new assessment, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, counted for 65 percent of students’ scores.
But test prep companies, who had been doing a brisk business readying 4- and 5-year-olds for the tests the city introduced in 2008, quickly adapted their offerings. And in the city’s wealthiest districts, the appetite for gifted programs remained strong, with only slightly fewer families opting for the screening this year.
April 8, 2013
Noah Gotbaum’s City Council campaign got off to a bumpy start this weekend, when parents charged him with seeking to politicize their school’s involvement in a redevelopment proposal.
Gotbaum, a seasoned education advocate hoping to distinguish himself in the crowded Upper West Side race to fill Gale Brewer’s seat, held his campaign launch event on Saturday at P.S. 199, a popular neighborhood elementary school. It is one of three schools whose property the city may use for a luxury residential development, a controversial plan that was first discovered by parents when they saw advertisements about it.
As part of any development deal, the new luxury towers would have to include space on the ground floors to house the school that they displaced during construction.
Gotbaum, who opposes the plan, said he picked P.S. 199 because it was symbolic of what he believed would be a crucial issue in the election. He said he is the only candidate in the race who has called for an immediate halt to the plan. (more…)
April 8, 2013
In the three years since New York officially adopted the Common Core learning standards, students have tackled tougher assignments, teachers have remade assignments, and schools have rethought when topics should be taught — all in an effort to prepare students to show they have mastered the new standards.
Now, the first test of whether the teachers have been successful is here.
Next week, students in grades three through eight will take their first set of Common Core-aligned state exams, in English. The following week, they’ll sit for three days of Common Core aligned math tests. The scores will help decide everything from whether the students will be promoted to where they will attend middle or high school.
“They’ve been talking about the Common Core for a couple of years now,” said David Baiz, who teaches math at Global Technology Preparatory Middle School. “This year is really the year when we’re staring down the barrel of the gun.” (more…)
April 8, 2013
- The principal of P.S. 166 in Manhattan was fired for making up teacher evaluations he didn’t do. (Post)
- Poughkeepsie is investigating after 11 students’ Regents exam scores skyrocketed. (Newsday, CBS NY)
- Largely due to the economic recession, the city’s teaching corps is more experienced than ever. (WSJ)
- City officials say students shouldn’t be more anxious than usual about this year’s tougher tests. (Post)
- The argument is part of a 24-page section about what the Common Core is asking students to do. (Post)
- Fahari and Explore charter schools ran specialized high school exam prep programs for students. (NY1)
- Breakthrough NY’s chief calls for wider access to test prep for black and Latino students. (Daily News)
- Public schools in space rented from the Catholic Church (still) cannot offer sex ed on-site. (Daily News)
- The Daily News says that Leonie Haimson has given up her right to advocate by picking private school.
- Dallas’s new superintendent is replacing more than 25 percent of principals this year. (Morning News)
- Massachusetts charter backers have overstated the number of students on waiting lists. (Boston Globe)
- A Manhattan Institute official praises Chris Christie’s Camden, N.J., schools takeover plans. (Post)