New in the Nonpartisan Education Review:
Special Section: DC Public School Managers, Still Lying With Statistics:
Special Section: The Common Core Dissenters:
- Dupre, The Dark Side of Education Reform: Students as Victims and the Destruction of a Manhattan High School (testimonial)
- Price, Critical Thinking: Not all that critical (essay)
- Phelps, Interview with Jim Zellmer of Schoolinfosystem.org (testimonial)
- Phelps, Teaching to the test: A very large red herring (essay)
- Stotsky, Michigan Senate Bill 826: Replace Common Core with pre-2011 Massachusetts Standards (resource)
- Phelps, Dismissive Reviews in Education Policy Research - A List (resource)
- Bishop, Note on Aspen Ideas Festival: Is Math Important? (essay)
- Phelps, Teaching Math in the 21st Century. (book review)
- Stotsky & Holzman,
The Costs of Federal Intervention in Local Education: The Effectiveness of America’s Choice in Arkansas (article)
Selling “Performance” Assessments with Inaccurate Pictures from Kentucky (article)
- Phelps, The Test: Why our schools are obsessed with standardized testing—but you don’t have to be (book review)
- Akin, In Defense of "Mindless Rote" (resource)
The Un-Making of an Extraordinary School (testimonial)
Testimony to Georgia House's Federal Government's Role in Education Study Committee Regarding: Common Core State Standards and Related Testing Issues (testimonial)
- Bishop, Why Do Americans Stink at Math? Some of the Answer (article review)
- Phelps, The Gauntlet: Think Tanks and Federal Research Centers Misrepresent and Suppress Other Education Research (essay)
- Oliphant, Chinese-Australian Pronunciation versus Standard American Pronunciation (essay)
- Martinez, Tost, Hilgert, Woodard-Meyers, Gang Membership Risk Factors for Eighth-Grade Students (article)
- Quail, Nos Censuimus Igitur Essemus (essay)
- Fitzhugh, Bend it Like Truman (essay)
- Fitzhugh, It's the Students, Stupid! (essay)
In June 2010, the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers released Reaching Higher: The Common Core State Standards Validation Committee. The committee comprised 28 members, but the report included only 24 signatures. The 4 who did not go along are Alfinio Flores (U. Delaware), R. James Milgram (Stanford U.), Sandra Stotsky (U Arkansas), and Dylan Wiliam (ETS). Professor Flores declined to submit an explanation. But, dissents from Professors Milgram, Stotsky, and Wiliam can be found here:
Also in the Nonpartisan Education Review:
Special Section: The Problem of Private Data in Education Research:
Special Section: Depraved Indifference: Testing Experts and Education Policy
Point-Counterpoint: Educators, Cheating, & Testing Standards:
INTRODUCING: The Learning Scientists:
"We are cognitive psychological scientists interested in research on education. Our main research focus is on the science of learning. Our Vision is to make scientific research on learning more accessible to students, teachers, and other educators. We aim to: motivate students to study; increase the use of effective study and teaching strategies that are backed by research; and decrease negative views of testing. This is not a product or a sales pitch - just science!"
ANNOUNCING: Recent Pioneer Institute reports on Common Core:
The Education Writers Association Casts its Narrowing Gaze on Boston
Fordham Institute’s Pretend Research
Setting academic performance standards: MCAS vs. PARCC
Testing the tests: Why MCAS is better than PARCC
Drilling through the Core: Why Common Core is bad for American education
The Revenge of K-12: How Common Core and the new SAT lower college standards in the U.S.
ANNOUNCING: Barry Garelick is featured on a Heartland Institute podcast, discussing "The Math Wars from a Teacher's Eyes". See also his article series there:
I. A Common Sense Approach to Common Core Math
II. Third-grade fractions
III. Drawing diagrams for dividing fractions
IV. Making Connections, One Concept at a Time
Who's to say teachers cannot modify Common Core? No one.
Pernicious Egalitarianism Shrinks 8th Grade Algebra Programs
Common Core Math Standards Intensify the Existing Reform Math Agenda
Common Core Math Standards Encourage Dubious ‘Inquiry-Based’ Approaches
INTRODUCING: New Educational Foundations: A Trans-ideological Journal of Criticism and ReviewTM. Volume 1, Volume 2 & Volume 3 & Volume 4
SEE: Nonpartisan Education Review Board member Elizabeth Carson on EdCast (with Professors Fred Greenleaf and Sylvain Cappell, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU.), TOPIC: Math Education Reform: Does It Add Up?
INTRODUCING: Independent Voter News, "Unfiltered community news by independent contributors." (Tired of the Education Week, education-establishment, think-tank echo chamber?)
INTRODUCING: Team Metric, an organization with a mission.
"STEM curricula must move towards a greater focus and coherence; we believe that no change would achieve this goal more effectively than removing US customary (inch-pound) units from formal education. A Metric-only approach to STEM education would provide a rational, science-based, intuitive system to learn and build upon. We support metric-only education."
ProCon.org posts new issue page on standardized tests. (See also their issue page on teacher tenure.)
The Silicon Valley Education Foundation hosts an interesting discussion on test cheating.
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