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April 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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California’s Ed-Data Site Is Pretty Impressive

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The State of California’s Ed-Data site is on The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data list, and they just released a completely new version that’s pretty impressive. You can see a screenshot of a portion of the report on the school where I teach. Thanks to John Fensterwald for the tip.

What other states have similar sites?

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April 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: The Appeal Of “Grit”

Thanks to Carl Hendrick and Alexander Russo, I learned about the American Prospect’s new article titled Teaching Character. It provides what I think is a well-written critical perspective on the recent public interest in teaching “grit,” and also includes fair responses from supporters.

As I’ve written before, I think teaching grit can have a place in classroom, as it does in mine, but also needs to recognize the grit that many of our students have already and can’t be viewed as a cure-all — it has to be kept in its place. I’m a big supporter of applying Social Emotional Learning in schools, but am concerned about some viewing it as a Let Them Eat Character policy in place of providing the needed financial and policy support our schools and communities need (see my Washington Post column, The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning).

Here’s an important quote from the American Prospect article from Pam Moran (I’ve written about her in the past):

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I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Learning About “Grit.”

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April 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two):

For New Federal Law, We Should Be Asking Why and How We Test, Not Just How Often is by Linda Darling Hammond. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Process.

No Child Left Behind reborn as ‘Every Child Achieves’ is from The LA School Report. I’m adding it to the same list.

Accountability for Whom? is by Pedro Noguera. I’m adding it to The Best Commentaries On The Atlanta Test-Cheating Verdict.

Why Jailing Cheating Teachers Probably Won’t Help America’s Kids is from Take Part. I’m adding it to the same list.

“What currently passes for reform’ has caused considerable collateral damage to schools and teachers” is a very interesting article about what’s happening in California’s schools, which seems to be a very different direction from the rest of the country. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Providing An “Overall” Perspective On Education Policy.

Want Reform? Principals Matter, Too is from The New York Times.

Majority of California’s Latino voters highly value school testing is an L.A. Times article about a new poll that says far more than what the headline says.

Unions critical of poll on teachers tenure and seniority-based layoffs is from The L.A. Times.

SEC launches informal inquiry into LAUSD’s use of bonds for iPads is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to A Very Beginning List Of The Best Articles On The iPad Debacle In Los Angeles Schools.

LAUSD ditching Pearson iPad program software, demanding multimillion dollar refund is from Southern CA Public Radio. I’m adding it to the same list.

U.S. Investigates Possible Misconduct in Chicago Public Schools is from The New York Times. CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Takes Leave of Absence Amid Contract Probe is a related story from NBC Chicago.

Digging Deeper into Singaporean Teacher Development: 5 Lessons for U.S. Policy Leaders is by Barnett Berry.

Opt-Out Movement Accelerates Amid Common Core Testing is from The Associated Press.

Common Core Tests Stopped In Three States Because Of Technical Issues is from The Huffington Post.

I’m adding those last two articles to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

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April 14, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: Prison Sentences In Atlanta

Without condoning the actions of the defendants, I think it’s safe to say that the up-to-seven year prison sentences given out today at the Atlanta cheating scandal trial were way, way over-the-top.

Here’s an excerpt from The New York Times article, Atlanta School Workers Sentenced in Test Score Cheating Case:

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I’m adding this post to The Best Commentaries On The Atlanta Test-Cheating Verdict.

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April 13, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: Sentencing In Atlanta Trial Delayed Until Tuesday

Sentencing was scheduled to happen on Monday for the educators convicted in the Atlanta test-cheating trial. However, the judge delayed it for one day — apparently to see if prosecutors and the defendants could reach an agreement that might avoid jail time.

I’m sure I reflect the opinion of many in feeling that they should not be sent to prison.

Here’s an excerpt from The New York Times article about what happened today (The Washington Post ran a similar story):

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I’m adding this post to The Best Commentaries On The Atlanta Test-Cheating Verdict.

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April 11, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Second Statistic Of The Day: “Where Are The Teachers Of Color?”

Where Are the Teachers of Color? is an important article in today’s New York Times.

Here’s an excerpt:

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You might also be interested in my recent three-part Education Week Teacher series on the same topic featuring contributions from Gloria Ladson-Billings, Travis Bristol, Terrenda Corisa White and others (look for a sequel in the fall) and additional resources at A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

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April 11, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Difference Between “Evidence-Based” & “Evidence-Informed” Education


Evidence-based education is dead — long live evidence-informed education: Thoughts on Dylan Wiliam
is an excellent post by UK educator Tom Bennett that’s worth reading in full.

In it, he distinguishes between “evidence-based” and “evidence-informed” education (and the dangers of the former), primarily talking about research as the “evidence” in question. In many ways, I think his points might be similar to ones I make in The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven.”

Here’s an excerpt from his post:

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I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

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April 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two):

Teachers Must Look In The Mirror is a horrible op-ed piece by Thomas Kane, the guru behind the Gates Foundation MET initiative. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say it’s a bit mind-boggling, especially in light of his last published piece, a plea for more evidence-based education research, which I thought was pretty good. In his most recent piece, he advocates for practices that don’t meet that standard. He’s beginning to remind me of Roland Fryer, who won’t give up trying to show that extrinsic rewards will cure all in education. As John Thompson has written, Gates Scholar, Tom Kane, Continues the Fight to Prove He Is Right.

Schools in New Hampshire are creating alternatives to national standardized tests. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Describing Alternatives To High-Stakes Testing — Help Me Find More.

News Corp.’s $1 Billion Plan to Overhaul Education Is Riddled With Failures is from Bloomberg News.

On 50th Anniversary of ESEA, How Do We Fulfill the Law’s Original Promise? (Infographic) is from The NEA. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Process.

Senate Plan to Revise No Child Left Behind Law Would Not Measure Teachers by Test Scores is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to the same list.

Is America Nearing the End of the No Child Left Behind Era? is from The Atlantic. I’m adding it to the same list.

How Education Policy Went Astray is from The Atlantic. Yup, it goes on that list, too.

New York City charters leave thousands of seats unfilled despite exploding demand, study finds is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

A Smarter Charter is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to the same list.

Teachers sue to join union without paying for political activities is an unfortunate development here in my state.

America is criminalizing Black teachers: Atlanta’s cheating scandal and the racist underbelly of education reform is from Salon.

Atlanta Injustice Demands a Response is by David B. Cohen in Ed Week.

I’m adding both to The Best Commentaries On The Atlanta Test-Cheating Verdict.

This sounds insane if accurate: Philly school district projects 22 percent graduation rate in 2017

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