Tag: U.S. Department of Education

MA School Superintendent: We are at a pivotal juncture in this country with respect to education

Filed in Federalized Education by on April 7, 2014 0 Comments
MA School Superintendent: We are at a pivotal juncture in this country with respect to education

This piece from Todd Gazda, the superintendent of Ludlow Public Schools in Massachusetts,  is worth sharing here.  I wish more superintendents would speak up like this.  Here is an excerpt: We are at a pivotal juncture in this country with respect to education. Over the past decade, we have seen a dramatic escalation in the […]

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Common Core & Data Collection

Filed in Privacy/SLDS by on April 7, 2014 3 Comments
Common Core & Data Collection

A particularly troubling aspect of the Common Core scheme is the emphasis on massive data-collection on students, and the sharing of that data for various purposes essentially unrelated to genuine education. U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has said: Hopefully, some day, we can track children from preschool to high school and from high […]

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An Expanding Awareness

Filed in Privacy/SLDS by on February 3, 2014 0 Comments
An Expanding Awareness

Introduction As best I can reconstruct the time frame, in November 2012 I came across the draft of a report that caught my attention–Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World.  As I read the draft, I took notes and made comments.  Those notes and comments about the draft, not the final document, are […]

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U.S. DOE Report Shows Smarter Balanced Lagging Behind

Filed in Common Core Assessments by on October 21, 2013 3 Comments
U.S. DOE Report Shows Smarter Balanced Lagging Behind

In a two-year report written by the U.S. Department of Education and published in May 2013 reviewing the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium shows the consortium is lagging behind its stated goals and with technology preparedness in local schools. Looking at pg. 15 of the report it is evident that Smarter Balanced does not have a […]

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Michigan Already Collects Student-Level Data?

Filed in Privacy/SLDS by on July 17, 2013 0 Comments

Michael Cohen, President of Achieve, Inc., was questioned by members of the Michigan House Subcommittee on the Common Core State Standards.  He was asked about data mining.  MLive reports: Several legislators, including Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods) and Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage) expressed concerns about what data on individual students would be disclosed as […]

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What Does the No Child Left Behind Waiver Mean for New Hampshire Public Schools?

New Hampshire was granted a waiver from the Federal “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) Act this week. According to Gov. Maggie Hassan’s press release she said: “New Hampshire is now free to pursue more effective and innovative ways to address the needs of all our students and prepare them for the jobs of the 21st […]

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The Real Truth About the Common Core State Standards

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on June 7, 2013 1 Comment

Wisconsin legislators invited Kathleen Porter-Magee of the Fordham Institute to testify before a joint committee on education about Common Core Standards. She also wrote “The Truth about Common Core” for National Review online. Ms. Porter-Magee’s testimony and article lack a basic understanding of the reasons that tax payers are opposed to Common Core. A most […]

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What 400 Data Points?

If you’re wondering what some opponents of the Common Core State Standards are talking about when they refer to 400 Data Points when discussing the potential data mining problems with the Common Core Assessments – you are not alone. Here are a couple of links. The first is from the National Center for Education Statistics.  […]

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Data Mine Students to Measure Grit?

Filed in Privacy Invasion/Data Mining by on April 2, 2013 1 Comment
Data Mine Students to Measure Grit?

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology published a report back in February entitled “Promoting Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century.”  From the executive summary: How can we best prepare children and adolescents to thrive in the 21st century—an era of achievement gaps that must be closed […]

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A Mental Health Professional’s Perspective on the Common Core

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on March 25, 2013 1 Comment

Dear Mrs. Swasey & Mr. Beck: I am writing this note on behalf of your joint request to address issues surrounding the Common Core State Standards Act (CCSS) that is currently in the process of being implemented in the vast majority of our public school systems in the country. By way of background, I’m an […]

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