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May 19, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Commentaries On The 60th Anniversary Of Brown vs. Board Of Education

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Boy oh boy, have there been a lot of commentaries published about the recent 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education.

I’ve been less than impressed by most.

Here are the ones I thought were particularly useful (note that I linked to some of them in a recent “round-up” of ed policy posts):

Five myths about Brown v. Board of Education is from The Washington Post.

Sixty Years After Brown V. Board, Black Teachers Are Disappearing—Again is by Melinda Anderson.

60 Years After Brown v. BOE, Mostly White Reformers Try To Fix ‘The Civil Rights Issue Of Our Generation’ is from The Huffington Post.

Sixty Years After Brown, Latino Students Are Most Segregated, Report Says is from Ed Week.

Sylvia Mendez and California’s School Desegregation Story is from Ed Week.

60 years later, desegregation of schools not done is from the Associated Press, as is Segregation gains ground 60 years after Brown.

How to help students of color, 60 years after historic Brown v. Board ruling appeared in The Washington Post.

Brown v. Board at 60: Why Have We Been So Disappointed? What Have We Learned? is by Richard Rothstein.

Six Decades After Brown v. Board is from Ed Week.

60 Years After Brown, Educators Demand More Focus on Public School Support is from U.S. News.

Brown at 60 (part 2) is by Renee Moore.

You might also be interested in two other previous posts:

A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism

I Am Tired Of “School Reformers” Using The Civil Rights Movement Legacy To Support Their Agenda

Let me know if I’m missing any articles on Brown that you liked…

May 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s Best Posts & Articles On Education Policy Issues

March 2, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Good Posts & Articles On Education Policy

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Here are some recent useful posts and articles on education policy issues:

Class size matters a lot, research shows is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About How Class Size Does Matter.

Why most professional development for teachers is useless is an excellent piece by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post. It’s a follow-up to my previous post, Video: Though It Seems Like A Parody, It’s A Real Professional Development Event. Her follow-up piece is so good that I suspect it might end up on my year-end “Best” lists of education policy posts.

Marketing Technologies in U.S. Public Schools is by Larry Cuban.

So You Want to Be a Teacherpreneur? is from Education Week Teacher. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Being A Teacherpreneur.

The False Markets of Market Based Reforms is by Bruce Baker. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Chicago charter schools expel many more kids than district schools — new data is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to the same list.

The Tragedy behind Noble Street Charters – a Skimmed Lottery is from the Classroom Sooth. I’m adding it to the same list.

Why preschool critics are wrong appeared in The Washington Post. I’ve got to create a pre-K “Best” list.

‘No Child’ waiver creates rift among Fresno education leaders is from The Fresno Bee. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The NCLB Waiver Given To Eight California School Districts (Including Ours).

California: A K-12 Education Outlier is from Education Week.

Teachers at second school to refuse to give ISATs, CTU says
is about an effort that appears to be gaining steam in Chicago. You might also be interested in A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On The Seattle Standardized Test Boycott.

David Welch: The Man Behind Vergara v. California is from Capital and Main. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On California Court Case Attacking Teacher’s Rights.

Analysis: Legal positions in Vergara trial a universe apart is from LA School Report. I’m adding it to the same list.

Here are two important posts about what’s happening in Newark, and Teach For America’s role in it:

What’s TFA’s Role In Mass Dismissals of Teachers? is by John Thompson.

TFA in Newark: “Act as if the facts matter” is from The Commonal.

I’m adding them both to The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America.

What Richard Rothstein Told NAGB About the History of NAEP is from Diane Ravitch. I’m adding it to The Best Posts Interpreting This Year’s NAEP Scores.

The 12 Things You Should Never, Ever Say To Teachers is from Upworthy.

11 Annoying Things People Say About Teaching is from BuzzFeed.

December 14, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts On Education Policy

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Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues:

The Teacher Gap: More Students and Fewer Teachers is from the Economic Policy Institute.

The Meaning of PISA is by Marc Tucker at Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On 2012 PISA Test Results.

Attention OECD-PISA: Your Silence on China is Wrong is by Tom Loveless. I’m adding it to the same list.

“PISA Day”—An Ideological and Hyperventilated Exercise is by Richard Rothstein. I’m adding it to the same list.

After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On MOOC’s.

December 3, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Posts & Articles On 2012 PISA Test Results

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The Internet is awash with articles about this morning’s release of the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, test results.

I’m just quickly posting the best resources I’ve seen this morning (the last portion of this post has newly added important commentaries), and articles offering real insightful commentary will be coming later. However, I’ve included a few pieces that came out prior to this morning and, of course, you can also check out The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery.

Here are choices, and please suggest more in the comments:

How public opinion about new PISA test scores is being manipulated is by Richard Rothstein.

Reading the PISA Tea Leaves: Who Is Responsible for Finland’s Decline and the Asian Magic is by Yong Zhao.

Randi On PISA: Time to End Failed Policies of NCLB & RTTT is from Diane Ravitch’s blog.

Key PISA test results for U.S. students is from The Washington Post.

Are Finland’s vaunted schools slipping? is by Pasi Sahlberg.

Tom Loveless: Why Shanghai Leads the World on International Tests Like PISA is from Diane Ravitch’s blog.

U.S. students lag around average on international science, math and reading test is from The Washington Post.

OECD education report: Lessons for the UK from other nations is an exhaustive series of articles from The Telegraph.

American 15-Year-Olds Lag, Mainly in Math, on International Standardized Tests is from The New York Times.

Take-away Pisa for busy people is from The BBC.

Are you Smarter Than a 15-Year-Old? is from Smithsonian Magazine.

Here are a number of resources from OECD, which administers the test:

PISA 2012 Results: What Makes Schools Successful? ReSouRceS, PolIcIeS And PRActIceS

PISA 2012 Results in Focus: What 15-year-olds know and what they can do with what they know

PISA 2012 Results: Ready to Learn: Students’ Engagement, Drive and Self-Beliefs (Volume III)

PISA 2012 Results

NASSP Statement on PISA Results: Despite Fervor Over Scores, US Continues to Ignore Lessons

My View of the PISA Scores is by Diane Ravitch.

The PISA Puzzle is by Dana Goldstein. Here are a couple of excerpts from her Slate piece:

There’s another PISA result that should be heeded just as much as, if not more than, the rankings themselves: The OECD found that school systems with greater teacher leadership opportunities, like Canada’s, outperform those like ours, in which administrators and policymakers exert more top-down control over the classroom, through scripted lessons or teacher evaluation systems that heavily weigh student test scores. Yet you won’t hear about that much on PISA Day, because those have both become popular interventions during the Obama era of education reform…..

Maybe the takeaway from PISA shouldn’t be that Common Core is the answer, but rather that we need a comprehensive approach to educating and caring for our poorest children in order to close the achievement gap between rich and poor in this country, and between American students and their developed-nation peers.

 

Four lessons on new PISA scores — Ravitch is from The Washington Post.

So…what can we DO about those low PISA scores? is by Barnett Berry.

Could Changes in School Culture Make U.S. Schools More Competitive? is from Ed Week.

10 things teachers need to know about the Pisa results is from The Guardian.

7 Reasons I Don’t Care About the PISA Results is by Rick Hess at Education Week.

Quote Of The Day: “Our Kids — Coddled or Confident?”

Want to Look Great on Global Education Surveys? Test Only the Top Students is from Business Week.

The Meaning of PISA is by Marc Tucker at Ed Week.

“PISA Day”—An Ideological and Hyperventilated Exercise is by Richard Rothstein.

Attention OECD-PISA: Your Silence on China is Wrong is by Tom Loveless.

The New York Times Editorializes on Teachers and PISA, with Multiple Errors is from Diane Ravitch.

A PISA contradiction is by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post.

Why Arne Duncan’s PISA Comments Miss the Mark is from Education Week.

The Global Search for Education: The World Test? is from The Huffington Post.

Beware Chinese data: Its schools might not be so great is by Jay Mathews at The Washington Post.

How Does PISA Put the World at Risk (Part 1): Romanticizing Misery is by Yong Zhao.

David Berliner on PISA and Poverty is from Diane Ravitch’s blog.

How Does PISA Put the World at Risk (Part 5): Racing to the Past is by Yong Zhao.

Academics call for pause in PISA tests is from The Washington Post.

November 30, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Good Posts On Education Policy

November 13, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Posts Interpreting This Year’s NAEP Scores

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There has been a lot of reporting on this year’s NAEP test score results, and it’s been all over the map. As John Merrow tweeted:

 

And what is the NAEP, you might ask?

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what American students know and can do in core subjects. NAEP is a congressionally mandated project administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. The National Assessment Governing Board, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education but independent of the Department, sets policy for NAEP and is responsible for developing the framework and test specifications. The Governing Board is a bipartisan group whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, business representatives, and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988.

Here’s a beginning list of what I think are the posts analyzing this year’s scores:

When policymakers don’t understand basic statistics is by Aaron Pallas at The Hechinger Report.

NAEP and “Getting Tough on Teachers” is by John Merrow.

Achievement Gaps Have Closed More Than You Think is by Paul Bruno at This Week In Education.

All that bad information about the new NAEP scores is by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post.

Interpreting Achievement Gaps In New Jersey And Beyond is from The Shanker Blog (written about last year’s scores, but still relevant).

And, even though Jeff Bryant incorrectly refers to me as a “retired schoolteachers” (perhaps in fifteen years, but certainly not now :) ), I’m still adding his article, Sorry Nicholas Kristof, Still No Proof School Reform Helps, to this list.

How Should We Read NAEP Test Score Results in Washington D.C.? is by John Thompson.

Be Wary of Ranking NAEP Gains is by Tom Loveless.

What Richard Rothstein Told NAGB About the History of NAEP is from Diane Ravitch.

Feel free to suggests articles I’ve missed.

You might also be interested in my 1,200 other “The Best” lists.

September 21, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Good Articles & Posts On Education Policy

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Here are some relatively recent good posts and article about education policy issues:

Forever young: the new teaching career is by Mike Rose. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America.

There Joel Klein goes again… is by Richard Rothstein, and is an excerpt from his commentary on a recent NY Times article on computer tablets (see Two Important Quotes From Massive NY Times Articles On Tablets In Classroom).

Inside News Corp’s $540 Million Bet on American Classrooms is a somewhat interesting article/commentary on the same NY Times piece. It doesn’t really go over any new ground, however. But I did find one small snippet on “gamification” very intriguing:

Douglas Clark is an associate professor at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College, arguably the country’s top college of education, and the principle investigator on the SURGE and EGAME grants, two National Science Foundation grants aimed at studying and creating educational games. And nothing irks him more than when other people take educational concepts and run them through “gamification,” a practice whereby one “just adds points” to basic tasks.

Points are extrinsic motivations, and “when [kids] get bored with extrinsic, they stop.” Games should provide intrinsic motivation, meaning the game itself is the motivator.

He compares points to frequent-flyer miles: something auxiliary (i.e., you get FF miles from flying, but you don’t probably don’t go flying around the country just to rack up FF miles). Most “educational” games take a task, like math, and add a point system.

Haimson calls games that actually cause learning the “holy grail,” but Clark doesn’t think it’s easily accomplished. He says, “News Corp. can’t just decide we’re going to build good games for everything. That’d be too expensive.”

I’m adding that info to The Best Posts On “Gamification” In Education — Help Me Find More.

Charter School Gravy Train Runs Express To Fat City is from Forbes. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

When Media Companies Try to Become Education Companies is from The Atlantic.

‘Strategic Philanthropy’ Shifts Too Much Power to Donors is by Pablo Eisenberg. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

Can We Test Better? is by Renee Moore.