Posts from August 14th, 2013
August 14, 2013
- Michelle Rhee is going on a listening tour — and she wants to hear from teachers unionists. (Politico)
- Following his Community post, teacher Patrick Honner discusses rigor with a colleague. (Grant Wiggins)
- Mike Petrilli’s “Diverse Schools Dilemma,” about choice, is now available for free as an ebook. (Amazon)
- A father pleads for his children, who have autism, to spend time in regular classrooms. (ManVAutism)
- Some city schools that leaned heavily on test prep weren’t protected from lower scores. (Insideschools)
- On video, how Brooklyn’s School for Global Leaders has adapted to the Common Core. (PBS Newshour)
- StudentsFirstNY has been working on voter registration and will present proof on Thursday. (GS in Brief)
- Local 372, a union that includes school workers, has endorsed a public advocate candidate. (Politicker)
- An educator satirizes the Common Core frenzy with an “ad” for a new hardware store. (Diana Senechal)
- Piggybacking on Gary Rubinstein, a look at just what students Success Academy loses. (Commonal)
- A Brooklyn real estate company recently awarded grants to 17 schools in districts 13 and 14. (Two Trees)
August 14, 2013
City officials said they were “pleasantly surprised” by what they learned from their inaugural effort to analyze data about teachers by the programs that trained them.
Just one in five of the 10,135 recent graduates of teacher preparation programs hired by the city between 2008 and 2012 left the school system within three years. In contrast, about one in three teachers left their jobs nationally during the same period, according to city Department of Education officials.
“New York City is really bucking the trend,” Deputy Chancellor David Weiner said today during a press conference to unveil “Teacher Preparation Program Reports” for 12 colleges and universities that together supplied about half of the city’s new teachers who came through traditional training pathways.
The reports represent a new frontier in the department’s accountability efforts. They analyze the teacher preparation programs’ graduates by six characteristics, including how long they stay in the classroom, how often they receive poor evaluations, where they work, and how they have fared on measures of their students’ growth.
City officials warned against making strong conclusions about the preparation programs’ quality. Next year, after the city implements a new evaluation system, the training programs will be rated by their graduates’ scores, they said, but for now, the reports are meant to spur collaboration with local colleges and universities. (more…)
August 14, 2013
Political and logistical impediments could thwart New York’s participation in a multi-state consortium formed to improve the quality of standardized tests.
When New York adopted the Common Core learning standards in 2010, education officials also committed to participating in a federally funded consortium that would produce a computer-based assessment system tied to the standards.
The computer-based testing would allow tests finally to require the kinds of critical thinking that the Common Core asks students to do, advocates say. In the online tests dreamed up by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, screens replace bubble sheets, students type their essays, and math problems are solved by dragging and dropping answers. Expedited grading would return results to schools in weeks, offering teachers valuable feedback before the end of the year.
State officials have long signaled an intention to shift to the PARCC tests once they become available in the 2014-2015 school year. But they still have not formally committed to that plan, and State Education Commissioner John King suggested last week, in the wake of the state’s first round of Common Core-aligned tests, that the urgency had passed.
“I suspect that we will perhaps move more slowly than some other states since we know that we have in place very high-quality Common Core assessments,” King said. (more…)
August 14, 2013
- Nearly all of the highest-performing schools in the state are in the city; most are selective. (Daily News)
- The Daily News says the selective schools’ high scores prove that school choice is good for students.
- New York City will be the first district to evaluate teacher preparation programs. (GS in Brief, Times)
- John Liu says he’d move to halve tuition at CUNY by legalizing and taxing marijuana. (NY1, AP)
- The Chelsea High School students who had to retake lost Regents exams speak out. (SchoolBook, Post)
- Suburban school districts near Buffalo don’t want to have to accept city transfer students. (Buffalo News)
- The testing company Pearson incorrectly calculated thousands of Virginia students’ scores. (WaPo)
- A Post columnist cites news in D.C. and California to argue that school excellence isn’t rewarded.
- President Obama wants to pay to improve internet in schools by charging cell phone users. (WaPo)