Dr. Sandra Stotsky: The road to effective education is paved with local financial control and parent choice. No federal funding or programs.
Sandra Stotsky: Some states may seem to be changing their K-12 math and English Language Arts standards right now. But check the details.
Dr. Sandra Stotsky: It is time for the Bay State’s own legislature to do some prolonged investigations of the costs and benefits of “performance-based assessments.” before agreeing to their possibility.
Sandra Stotsky: To know why kids who, at the end of 3rd grade, have low reading achievement we should look at how their teachers were trained and tested.
Sandra Stotsky: Since all states today use Common Core-aligned tests, that means almost all schools (including public charter schools) teach to Common Core’s standards.
Sandra Stotsky: CAEP through their embrace of the Common Core State Standards may well be handicapping the teacher preparation programs it has accredited.
Sandra Stotsky: All students, including minority students, need academically stronger teachers, whether in North Carolina or Massachusetts.
Sandra Stotsky: So why have magnet schools and technical schools been so ignored by the research on school choice and by educators still seeking to address the Coleman report?
Sandra Stotsky: Will prospective primary grade school teachers ever learn, if teacher education policy makers read Common Core-aligned research?
Instead of calling local school boards into question, we should examine whether the U.S. DOE, state boards and state departments of education are needed.