Monday, May 4, 2015

John Oliver's Illustrative Investigation of the Standardized Testing Plague in the U.S...

Instructions for teachers: "…If a student vomits on his or her test booklet…" and more...

John Oliver does a thorough investigation on the testing plague in the U.S.   A home run of an analysis as he describes who is paying the price, and who is making millions from this travesty.

American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, how often kids...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Governor Cuomo and Chancellor Tisch: Building a Bigger and Meaner APPR Monster....

Eureka!  This new APPR monster is truly awful!  This will surely drive out teachers and bring forth the demise of the public education in our state, at last! ~ New York State Education Department

What an outrage! In 2014, too many public school teachers received Effective or Highly Effective scores on the APPR that was rigged to fail them in an effort to dissemble our public education system. They were doing their jobs too well in spite of all the obstacles that are regularly thrown in their paths. Just when it would seem that you can't keep a good teacher down...

Time to race to action Governor Cuomo and Chancellor Tisch! There must be a more destructive method to trip up and drive out those "upstart" teachers - especially those who so flaunt their skill and talent at this time of "reform" chaos.

Eureka, that's it! Create an even more flawed APPR system that eliminates principals' and local board of ed input. Teacher evaluations controlled from Albany - what an invitation to disaster. What a legacy.

Here is my New York State Resident evaluation of Gov. Cuomo and Chancellor Tisch:
Leadership skills: Highly Ineffective
Honesty and Ethics: Highly Ineffective
State Education Management: Highly Ineffective
Advocacy for our public school children: Not there
Intelligence: Not developed
Ability to gauge effects from risky behavior (full development of Executive Functions): Nope