After advocating for the traditional public school system, Fox News reports Matt Damon proves that when it’s his own kids, he’ll take school choice.
Voorheesville Central School District superintendent Dr. Teresa Thayer Snyder knows test gaming well. Writing about the new Common Core State Standards aligned test results in New York, she says:
“…test developers control the scaled scores—indeed they have developed a draconian statistical formula that is elaborate, if indecipherable, to determine scaled scores. I would bet my house on the fact that over the next few years, scores will “improve”—not necessarily student learning, but scores. They must, because the State accepted millions and millions of dollars to increase student scores and increase graduation rates. If scores do not improve from this baseline, then those ‘powers that be’ will have a lot of explaining to do to justify having accepted those millions.”
Lots more money, inflating test scores – sound familiar? That is exactly what happened with Kentucky’s KIRIS and CATS assessments. Now, here comes Common Core. Want to bet that Snyder’s not going to lose her house?
Well-known education historian Diane Ravitch just got a heads up about a potential testing problem in New York’s new Common Core State Standards aligned tests.
“A teacher in upstate New York wrote me to say that the state English language arts test for 8th grade (written by Pearson) contained a passage that his students had read a week earlier—in a Pearson 8th grade textbook! The story is “Why Leaves Turn Color in Fall,” by Diane Ackerman.”
Wow! Talk about a neat marketing ploy. Buy our textbooks and your kids will already know what is on the state tests!
Clearly, this raises concerns for the validity and honesty in New York’s tests.
But, don’t relax, Kentucky. Guess which test publisher does our K-PREP grade 3 to 8 tests. It’s Pearson!
I wonder if any Kentucky teachers have spotted a similar problem here.
For that matter, since both New York and Kentucky are supposedly administering Common Core aligned tests, now, I wonder if the exact same question was used on our K-PREP tests.
Eighth grade teachers, what can you tell us?
Eastern Kentucky has been hit hardest in recent years and, true, the disproportionate job losses in Appalachia are largely due to market factors. On the demand side, the falling price of natural gas has turned the attention of power plant operators away from coal in general. On the supply side, Eastern Kentucky has taken a particularly damaging hit as decades of coal mining has rendered the remaining supply of the black rock in Appalachia harder and harder – and more costly – to get to. That’s not even to mention the fact that Western Kentucky coal, formerly less desirable due to its higher sulfur content, is now more in vogue due to power plant emission controls.
The new EPA mandates finalized over the past two years, as well as President Obama’s newest executive orders taking advantage of climate change hysteria, could be the final nail in the coffin for Appalachia’s energy sector. Though Eastern Kentucky got to this point largely due to economic factors, these new regulations are designed to crystallize its dismal economic outlook. In the very likely case that market supply and demand factors do change – and they constantly are doing just that – Eastern Kentucky, and the nation’s entire coal industry for that matter, will not have a chance to rebound.
And that’s because the current administration’s draconian rules are designed to keep Kentucky coal precisely where it currently stands – at its lowest point in recorded history.
Our commonwealth remains one of only eight states without charter schools – publicly funded schools operated differently than the traditional public schools.
For example, the principal of a successful charter school doesn’t have to check with some overpaid bureaucrat at the central office to determine if the union contract allows him to hire the bright young math teacher sitting in front of him instead of being forced to employ a hanger-on coasting toward a big taxpayer-funded pension who long ago lost interest in teaching.
Also, teachers at the nation’s nearly 6,000 successful charter schools can stay past 2:45 in the afternoon – without risking the wrath of the union boss or jealous colleagues – to ensure that Little Johnny doesn’t get pushed into tomorrow’s new lesson without having fully mastered today’s material.
Here is an interesting article that says you cannot compare the results from new Common Core tests given in New York to those from Kentucky.
Weren’t we all told that was a major reason to go to CCSS??
I’ll see if there are any comments on this one, and then add more.