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Standardized Tests COULD Be COVID Casuality

June 25, 2020 Leave a comment

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The Superintendent of Shelby County TN, the state’s largest, is calling for the suspension of the State Standardized Tests for 2020-21, a move that many of his colleagues support. Other articles on reopening are also addressing this issue, and the support for continuing the tests in the face of the closure last year and the uncertainty in the year ahead is tepid at best. Why? Because the justification for using tests to rank and rate schools is now clearly linked to the digital divide and that, in turn, is clearly linked to income… and if test results are clearly and incontrovertibly linked to income their validity will be questioned. As long as there is some degree of separation between parents’ income and a child’s performance on tests the notion that tests can be used to “measure” schools seems valid. COVID-19 is showing the world that tests don’t measure the effectiveness of schools… they measure the wealth of parents. MAYBE the standardized test movement will be a Covid casualty.

Survey on 2020 Needed FAR More than Re-Opening Survey

June 13, 2020 1 comment

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The NYC schools are conducting a survey of students, parents and employees to get some kind of idea on how to reopen schools in September. At the same time, their Superintendent is indicating that some form of online learning will be incorporated into any reopening plan. A survey soliciting opinions on reopening would clearly provide the administration in NYC with helpful information on the various parameters under consideration, but I think it is FAR more important to gather as much feedback as possible on the experience the parents, employees and ESPECIALLY the students just had with online learning so that adjustments can be made. We just had a once in a century experience with shifting to a different form of instruction. Let’s take the time to gather as much helpful information on that experience as possible.

WSJ “Flunks Students and Teachers”, Implicitly Passes Remote Learning.

June 7, 2020 Comments off

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According to this Axios article the Wall Street Journal concludes that students and teachers warranted a failing grade for their inability to succeed in making a sudden and unforeseen switch to remote learning. The primary reason for the failing grades, though, have little to do with either the teachers’ adaptability or the students’ proficiency with computers. The failures occurred because of the lack of internet access on the part of students, the lack of quality educational software, and the lack of training available to both students and teachers on such short notice. But from Rupert Murdoch’s perspective blaming teachers and students fits the narrative that might ultimately lead to the favored solution of conservatives and libertarians: the privatization of public schools.