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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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Ed. Companies Exert Public-Policy Influence

Ed. Companies Exert Public-Policy Influence | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Some experts are alarmed at what they see as increasingly aggressive moves by companies, but others see those moves as the natural interplay between the private and public sectors.
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"Some education observers are alarmed at what they see as increasingly aggressive moves by companies to make money from the K-12 system; others say the expanding role of for-profit ventures is just a natural evolution of the interplay between the private and public sectors in efforts to improve schools."

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Will the assessment consortia wither away?

Will the assessment consortia wither away? | MASSP News | Scoop.it
The College Board and ACT have entered the ring

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On Statistics & Teacher Evaluation

On Statistics & Teacher Evaluation | MASSP News | Scoop.it
While I fully understand that state education agencies are fast becoming propaganda machines, I’m increasingly concerned with how far this will go.  Yes, under NCLB, state education agencies concoc...

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Check out http://moassp.org! for a blog post about the Great Conversation. "Get the conversations started.  Your schools are good and will keep getting better because you are there leading.  Principals are leaders and you need to continue to be a leader who helps teachers and students concentrate on learning, not be worried about losing funds, the next evaluation or having more work loaded onto an already busy schedule."

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Get the conversations started.  Your schools are good and will keep getting better because you are there leading.  Principals are leaders and you need to continue to be a leader who helps teachers and students concentrate on learning, not be worried about losing funds, the next evaluation or having more work loaded onto an already busy schedule.

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Critics rap actions of Jeb Bush's education foundation | In the Public Interest

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Big business--big profits at the expense of public education

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High school graduation rate up sharply, but red flags abound

High school graduation rate up sharply, but red flags abound | MASSP News | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - For the first time in decades, the United States is making steady gains in the number of high school students earning diplomas, putting it on pace to reach a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020.

 

But the good news comes with a big asterisk: students with learning disabilities and limited fluency in English face long odds to finish high school, with graduation rates for those groups as low as 25 percent in some states, the analysis found. Minority students also continue to fall well behind their white peers, with about one-third of African-American students and 29 percent of Hispanic students dropping out before graduation.

 

The "Building a Grad Nation"


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Smarter Balanced Begins Pilot Test of Next-Generation Student Assessments | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced Begins Pilot Test of Next-Generation Student Assessments | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | MASSP News | Scoop.it
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Are you ready for new student assessments?

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School leaders get glimpse of the future in student testing

School leaders get glimpse of the future in student testing | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Rockford School District leaders got a glimpse Tuesday night of how students will fare on state tests next year if they perform similarly as last year but new performance expectations are applied.
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Is this what to expect with new assessments?  Rockford's "analysis showed a more than 20 percentage point drop for elementary school students."

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Three Ed. Leadership Lessons From Donald Rumsfeld

Three Ed. Leadership Lessons From Donald Rumsfeld | MASSP News | Scoop.it
A chance meeting with the former secretary of defense prompts Paul Kimmelman to ask him about leadership.
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"It isn't as simple as saying all high school graduates must be career-and college-ready and assuming a national consensus will form on how to achieve that goal."

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R.I. Students Gaining 'Badges,' Credits Outside School

R.I. Students Gaining 'Badges,' Credits Outside School | MASSP News | Scoop.it
The Providence school district is in the middle of an initiative to recognize skills and give academic credit for learning taking place outside school.
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Competency vs. "Seat Time" Students need more options for earning credit.

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Mo. Tech. Specialist Pushes Power of Social Media

Mo. Tech. Specialist Pushes Power of Social Media | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Kyle Pace, an instructional technology specialist in Lee's Summit, is teaching teachers how to take charge of their own professional development through social networking.

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Alameda schools leaders seek culture shift on learning - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

Alameda schools leaders seek culture shift on learning San Francisco Chronicle (blog) Schools administrators want Alameda's teachers to sign off on a school reform pilot that would see teachers collaborating on lessons and poring over test data in...
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Collaboration is key.

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Principals’ Perfect Storm of Challenges | District Administration Magazine

Principals’ Perfect Storm of Challenges | District Administration Magazine | MASSP News | Scoop.it

A principal’s job is only getting harder, according to the latest MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. A whopping 75 percent of principals feel the job has become too complex, and job satisfaction rates decreased nine percentage points in less than five years, to just 59 percent. And seven in 10 principals say their job responsibilities are very different from what they were five years ago.

 

“Right now, we have the perfect storm of implementation: the Common Core State Standards, new teacher evaluations, and new accountability systems,” says Mel Riddile, associate director for high school services at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Today, principals have to motivate and re-train teachers while transitioning schools to these new standards and systems, he adds, with fewer resources due to budget constraints. “It’s dramatically changed their role. Instead of being an inspector of effective teaching, they are now a builder of teacher capacity.”


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Ben Bempong's curator insight, July 24, 6:35 PM

This is a interesting article.  I chose this because it illustrates the complexities of being a principle.  The job is much different than the past, and principles have much on  their plate because of the students they are dealing with in this day and age and because of the infrastructure of the school system now a days.  Its a stressful and difficult job, and only a certain leader can do it.

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Proficiency rates likely to drop by a third!

Proficiency rates likely to drop by a third! | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Test scores will fall at first in schools where the new and more rigorous state tests have been rolled out, but the long-term payoff is what matters.

 

The proportion of students who were rated “proficient” or better in math and reading dropped by about a third in both middle and elementary school the first time the new tests were given. That is likely to happen in state after state as weak tests are replaced by stronger ones.


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High School Redesign Gets Presidential Lift

High School Redesign Gets Presidential Lift | MASSP News | Scoop.it
In both his State of the Union speech and now his budget proposal, President Obama has emphasized the importance of redesigning high schools.
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"Graduation rates were at their highest mark in nearly 40 years, record numbers of students were taking and passing Advanced Placement exams, and more high schools than ever were offering college credit through dual-enrollment programs."

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Fear not the principal's office: that's where school success begins | Deseret News

Fear not the principal's office: that's where school success begins | Deseret News | MASSP News | Scoop.it
A new study shows that an effective school principal can raise achievement of a typical student by two to seven months of learning in a single school year.
Missouri Secondary Principals's insight:

"School principals do a lot more than strike dread in the hearts of misbehaving kids, even if that’s how many people remember them."

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Bill Gates: A fairer way to evaluate teachers

Bill Gates: A fairer way to evaluate teachers | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Evaluating educators by test scores alone isn’t the answer.
Missouri Secondary Principals's insight:

"If we aren’t careful to build a system that provides feedback and that teachers trust, this opportunity to dramatically improve the U.S. education system will be wasted." Bill Gates

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NASSP: The Danger of Misguided Evaluations

NASSP: The Danger of Misguided Evaluations | MASSP News | Scoop.it
It is rare to see a high-ranking leader of a major association speak hard truths to power. For her courage and candor, Joann Bartoletti joins the honor roll as a champion of public education. In th...
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NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti: A champion of public education

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Survey Finds Rising Job Frustration Among Principals

Survey Finds Rising Job Frustration Among Principals | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Three out of four public school principals believe their job has become "too complex," and about a third say they are likely to go into a different occupation within five years, according to a new MetLife survey.
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Principals are being overwhelmed more than ever.  They need a break from new reforms and additional mandates so they can deal with the increased job responsibilities.

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Shanahan on Literacy: A Question on Text Complexity

Shanahan on Literacy: A Question on Text Complexity | MASSP News | Scoop.it
Missouri Secondary Principals's insight:

"Placing students in more challenging books is a good idea because it increases opportunity to learn (there is more to figure out in challenging texts)."

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Principals: Test Scores Should Play Small Part in Teacher Evaluations – SchoolBook

Principals: Test Scores Should Play Small Part in Teacher Evaluations – SchoolBook | MASSP News | Scoop.it
ICYMI: Three principals joined WNYC's Brian Lehrer for a wide-ranging conversation about how they managed their schools and how big changes like Common Core and teacher evaluations affected them. Take a listen and share your thoughts.
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"The effect of a teacher matters but it’s only at most 15 percent of the overall learning impact on a student and when you’re making high-stakes decisions based on bad information that’s not supported by research that should be of concern to all of us.”

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Technical education is a viable path

Technical education is a viable path | MASSP News | Scoop.it
The cost of post-secondary education is rising faster than the rate of inflation. The latest figures indicate student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt for the first time.
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"Career center courses can lead students to success."

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What college students want to tell their high school teachers: Be tougher on us. Force us to be responsible. | Get Schooled

What college students want to tell their high school teachers: Be tougher on us. Force us to be responsible. | Get Schooled | MASSP News | Scoop.it
This is one for the bulletin board in the teacher's lounge -- what college students want their high school teachers to know. I think folks may be surprised that (What college students want to tell their high school teachers: Be tougher on us.
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Principals of the Year

Check out http://moassp.org! Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals serves middle level and high school principals.
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Congratulations Brian Huff, Raytown HS, & Jamie Jordan, Brittany Woods MS, MASSP Principals of Year

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