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American Students Are Not Getting Smarter, and Test-Based "Reforms" Are to Blame. Daniel Koretz at DianeRRavitch

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In December, we received more bad news about the achievement of American students: Our 15-year-olds made no significant progress in math and reading on PISA, the largest of the international tests. This followed on the heels of a new report from our National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which showed no real progress in reading or math for fourth or eighth grade students for the past decade, and longer for reading.The routine debate is underway about how bad this news is, but such arguments mostly miss a core lesson: America’s school reform movement has plainly failed. It’s time to face up to this failure and think about new approaches for improving education . Daniel Koretz is one of the leading authorities on testing in the United States. A professor at Harvard University, he has written two important books about testing--its uses and misuses. Read More...'

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What a surprise. They removed the genuine, professional educator from the classroom, installed legislatures with ho educators on board, to replace local school boards who kept an eye on LEARNING in their schools. Hundred's of thousands of dedicated, talented, professional teachers were thrown out and replaced with novice teachers or trained TFAs, as charter schools stole public money, and public schools disappeared.


Peter Greene writes here about an exceptionally silly "study" that Betsy DeVos is using to drum up fading public support for charter schools.

Jan Resseger is a voice of moral clarity in a time of moral turpitude.she reflected on the NPE report "Asleep At the Wheel," about the slipshod, failed federal program to pump money into the charter industry and concluded the program should be terminated, with the money transferred to high-needs schools.

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Maurice Cunningham is a political science professor at the University of Massachusetts, who has a remarkable passion for tracking Dark Money.

In this post, he warns that the Walton Family has funded an AstroTurf group called "the National Parents Union," which hopes to organize parents to demand privately-managed charter schools and to fight teachers' unions.

Cunningham is very familiar with the Walton tactics of putting up front groups to pursue their goals. Along with other billionaires, DFER, and the now-defunct Families for Excellent Schools, they funded a referendum in Massachusetts in 2016, aimed at lifting the state cap on charter schools. Cunningham's blogs, posted at public radio station WGBH's website, exposed the billionaires behind that effort, and the referendum was overwhelmingly defeated.

The new "NPU" is an outgrowth of the Walton efforts in Massachusetts.

Can this one fool parents into demanding privatization of their public schools? Not likely.

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Jan Resseger: Public Schools Are the Essence of the Common Good


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