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"We have been trying to solve a problem of professional practice by bureaucratic means."

John Thomson Reviews Jal Mehta's "The Allure of Order"

 

The Allure of Order describes the latest technocratic reform as another effort to turn the clock back to the mentality of the Model T assembly line.


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This speaks to the point that the focus on students is being overshadowed by rules and regulations.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 9, 2013 12:09 PM

By definition, bureaucrats do not innovate. They control and maintain. Bureaucrats cannot and will not solve challenges relating to improving professional practice.

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Forget About Working On Your Weakness, Play To Your Strengths: Your (Overwhelming) Reaction To The Idea

Forget About Working On Your Weakness, Play To Your Strengths: Your (Overwhelming) Reaction To The Idea | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Forbes readers react (in huge numbers) to the argument that you should build up your strengths, instead of trying to offset your weaknesses.
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The same philosophy should apply w/ teacher evaluation.  Focus on their strengths and they may improve overall.

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Feds' Advice on School Intruders Worries Some Experts

Feds' Advice on School Intruders Worries Some Experts | MASSP News | Scoop.it
A long-awaited White House guide suggests that school staff can try to fight back when there's no other choice.
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Obama's High School Redesign: Personalizing education may be key - VOXXI

Obama's High School Redesign: Personalizing education may be key - VOXXI | MASSP News | Scoop.it
President Obama touted a new future for American education in his State of the Union Address by presenting a plan called High School Redesign. Will it work?

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“We need to get away from course credit based on seat-time – 40 minutes a day adds up to 120 hours a year, which is what now goes into course credit,” DiMartino said. “It needs to be based on demonstrating a mastery of the content."


Read more: http://www.voxxi.com/obama-high-school-redesign-education/#ixzz2XWonOMkJ
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What Will Elementary Look Like?

What Will Elementary Look Like? | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Elementary schools have the opportunity to look vastly different in the future by including adaptive assessment and blended curriculum, along with many other key elements.
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WA state supt says high schools can opt out of controversial MAP tests

WA state supt says high schools can opt out of controversial MAP tests | MASSP News | Scoop.it

Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda announced Monday that high schools won’t have to give the controversial Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests next fall, but they will still be required in kindergarten through 8th grade.


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A Playbook for the Common Core'ites: Part I

A Playbook for the Common Core'ites: Part I | MASSP News | Scoop.it
I've long said that the Common Core strikes me as an intriguing effort that could do much good. So, why am I not on board? Because I think the effort has a good chance of stalling out over the next four or five years.
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Hit the Pause Button! |

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"Students take new tests crafted to higher standards for which they have not been prepared. Proficiency rates drop just in time for new teacher evaluations based up to 50% on test scores. It’s the perfect blueprint to discredit public schools, but sadly inadequate if we aim to improve them. Policymakers, at this moment, must decide which path they prefer."

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School Leadership Groups Urge "Adequate Time" to Implement Common Core Standards

School Leadership Groups Urge "Adequate Time" to Implement Common Core Standards | MASSP News | Scoop.it
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Predictable tech glitches: More state tests disrupted. Ready, fire, aim!

Predictable tech glitches: More state tests disrupted. Ready, fire, aim! | MASSP News | Scoop.it

First Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Minnesota. 

 

As reported by Education Week, State Online Testing Problems Continue to Raise Concerns. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/05/03/30testing.h32.html?r=946252590

 

Now Virginia!

 

The Washington Post reports that Fairfax County Schools (Virginia) acknowledged “significant problems” administering the state standards of learning tests. In one of the nation's largest school districts, thousands of the 41,975 tests administered on Thursday alone are affected and results called into question.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, May 24, 2013 9:21 AM

Self-proclaimed school reform experts continue to underestimate the challenges in moving so rapidly from paper to online tests! Their arrogance and lack of respect for educators is reflected in their repeated refusals to ask anyone who has actually made such a transition. Obviously, they are afraid they may get an answer they don't want to hear.


Keep in mind:


  • This school district has a decade of experience with online testing. What will happen in states with no experience?
  • These tests are barriers to graduation.
  • Teachers will still be held accountable for the results.


While online testing is the way to go, I have been warning everyone that it takes a few years to work out the glitches when transitioning from paper tests to online testing. I should know because I learned this through experience in a state with eleven high-stakes EOC exams at the high school level that were barriers to graduation. We had four years to make the full transition and it was still a huge task. Doing this in one year is a recipe for disaster.

Les Howard's curator insight, May 24, 2013 9:51 AM

Worth reading Mel Riddle's comment.

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In other states, letter grades drastically affected communities | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

In other states, letter grades drastically affected communities | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Home values rose in top districts, poor schools lost support and the ratings got people's attention.
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Missouri’s Top Youth Volunteers Honored at National Award Ceremony | Business Wire

Missouri’s Top Youth Volunteers Honored at National Award Ceremony | Business Wire | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Missouri's top two youth volunteers of 2013, Sarah Sutherlin, 18, of Lake St. Louis and Sophia Greenwalt, 14, of Reeds Spring, were honored in the nat
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The Coming Revolution in Public Education

The Coming Revolution in Public Education | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Why the current wave of reforms, with its heavy emphasis on standardized tests, may actually be harming students
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We don't have an education problem.  We have a poverty problem.

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Leadership Lessons From The Harvard Of Europe

Leadership Lessons From The Harvard Of Europe | MASSP News | Scoop.it
VideoA 2011 survey of the global Fortune 500 shows that more CEOs have graduated from Harvard University than any other institution.
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This applies to what education was but it seems the bureauacy gets in the way more:  "He also argues that firms are increasingly led through influence rather than hierarchy, with the ability to motivate others."

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Boys 2 Men | Columbia Business Times

Boys 2 Men | Columbia Business Times | MASSP News | Scoop.it
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High school students develop biomedical engineering app.

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Tech Challenges Lead Oklahoma to Opt Out of PARCC Exams

Tech Challenges Lead Oklahoma to Opt Out of PARCC Exams | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Just one in five Oklahoma schools had sufficient bandwidth and devices to administer online common-core exams, a state survey found.
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Will the Common Core Derail True College and Career Readiness?

Will the Common Core Derail True College and Career Readiness? | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Teacher Paul Barnwell says all high school students should have opportunities to take technical and vocational classes, but worries the common core will further narrow course options.
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"The skills learned in technical classes or work-study programs don’t necessarily translate to standardized tests and the common standards, nor do they jive with the national push for college readiness. The common standards might look good on paper, but implementation based on standardized-test preparation doesn’t seem conducive to creating more pathways for students to thrive."

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How to Create a Blended High School

How to Create a Blended High School | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Listed are 10 tips for launching a blended high school or phasing blended strategies into an existing school.
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Another Casualty of Excessive Testing: Great Teachers

Across the country, strong teachers are sacrificing their jobs -- their life's work -- to protect themselves and their students from the excesses of testing and reforms gone terribly wrong.


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Gov. Nixon vetoes HB 253; legislation's $800 million price tag would jeopardize vital public services and undermine economic growth

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Principal: Why our new educator evaluation system is unethical

Principal: Why our new educator evaluation system is unethical | MASSP News | Scoop.it
The ethical standard by which each evaluation component should be judged -- and why New York's new educator assessment system violates it.
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ACT says "Aspire" is a Plan B for Common Core Assessments

ACT says "Aspire" is a Plan B for Common Core Assessments | MASSP News | Scoop.it
The maker of the ACT college entrance exam offers itself as an alternative to common tests being designed by two federally funded consortia designing tests for the common standards.

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"School Time" in New Zealand

"School Time" in New Zealand | MASSP News | Scoop.it
I've interviewed hundreds of people over the last decade about how schools in the United States often choose to structure time. Most often, I pose the question to people in the places I visit, "Can y
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What if American schools had time for collaboration for students and teachers?  "One student described the breaks as "a great time to decompress. I get time to think about what we've done. It's easier to go back to another class. I'm ready to go back to class." On a few of these teatimes, I went out to see what students were up to. I found them talking, organizing games or eating a snack. They decompressed. They relaxed. They talked to each other."

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Rifts Deepen Over Direction of Ed. Policy in U.S.

Rifts Deepen Over Direction of Ed. Policy in U.S. | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Rapid change in education—and society—has intensified the debate to a level not seen since the battles over school desegregation.
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States' Online Testing Problems Raise Common-Core Concerns

States' Online Testing Problems Raise Common-Core Concerns | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Technical glitches during recent online assessments in a number of states are prompting worries about schools' ability to administer common-core testing in 2014-15.
Missouri Secondary Principals's insight:

"Widespread technical failures and interruptions of recent online testing in a number of states have shaken the confidence of educators and policymakers in high-tech assessment methods and raised serious concerns about schools’ technological readiness for the coming common-core online tests."

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