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Editorial: Florida's education picture not so rosy

Editorial: Florida's education picture not so rosy | Education matters | Scoop.it
Former Gov. Jeb Bush and his Foundation for Excellence in Education have launched an advertising campaign to sell Floridians on the wonders of standardized testing and school accountability as his reforms turn 15 years old this spring. But the Bush foundation's campaign called "Learn More. Go Further" tells only one side of a more complicated story. There have been some successes, but the campaign cherry-picks statistics to make Florida's schools look better than they are. Floridians deserve a more accurate picture of the state of public education. Here are some of that foundation's happy assertions, with a more sobering assessment that in each case comes from the same report cited by the foundation.
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I think we need to maintain a balance of celebrating achievement while keeping a careful eye on what we need to improve.

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Gates Still Doesn't Get It! Trapped in a World of Circular Reasoning & Flawed Frameworks

Gates Still Doesn't Get It! Trapped in a World of Circular Reasoning & Flawed Frameworks | Education matters | Scoop.it
Not much time for a thorough review of the most recent release of the Gates MET project, but here are my first cut comments on the major problems with the report. The take home argument of the repo...
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It seems not everyone is buying what Gates is selling.

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Class size matters a lot, research shows

Class size matters a lot, research shows | Education matters | Scoop.it
Can we stop pretending it doesn't?
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Many, many teachers could have just told the researchers the answer to this one.

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Good Teachers Linked to Test Success

A study found that effective teachers can boost the test scores of students who had struggled under low-performing instructors, marking a new salvo in the national debate over teacher performance.

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Why I won't let my son take the PSSA

Why I won't let my son take the PSSA | Education matters | Scoop.it
I am an English professor. So you can imagine how my pride was hurt when my 9-year-old son Jacob started bringing home low scores on his practice reading tests for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment. My husband and I have been helping Jacob with his test-prep reading homework every weeknight this year, and it has been a grim slog. At times I have found myself getting angry when Jacob has fidgeted, or when he has had trouble focusing. Sometimes I have gotten angry when he simply hasn't been able to answer the questions. Then one day this March it dawned on me. I am getting angry at my son about a test. A test that I do not like. A "high-stakes" test that will put so much pressure on Jacob that it probably will not reflect his true abilities. I also realized something else: Jacob
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Something to think about... and the beginning of the movement in Pittsburgh?

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The EAA: How a policy package created Michigan's statewide district

The EAA: How a policy package created Michigan's statewide district | Education matters | Scoop.it
The Education Achievement Authority, tangentially created by Race to the Top, may serve as a cautionary tale to other states.
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The 50 million dollar lie | Gary Rubinstein's Blog

Last year I spent a lot of time making scatter plots of the released New York City teacher data reports to demonstrate how unreliable value-added measurements

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A Review of the Latest Gates' MET Study

A Review of the Latest Gates' MET Study | Education matters | Scoop.it
Jesse Rothstein, one of our premier economists and an experienced analyst of teacher evaluation studies, reviewed the latest MET study. MET (Measures of Effective Teaching) is the Gates Foundation'...
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Finnish Education Chief: 'We Created a School System Based on Equality'

Finnish Education Chief: 'We Created a School System Based on Equality' | Education matters | Scoop.it
An interview with the country's minister of education, Krista Kiuru
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Ah, the novelty of equal access to education!  To think, it works!

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PBS | Ombudsman | Michelle Rhee: Reformer, Zealot, Both or Something Else?

This Web site, provided by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), is home to more than 350 television show companion sites in addition to Web-original sites.

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Leadership in education faces some tough questions regarding integrity and it once again leads me to question the bigger picture of standardized testing.

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Carla Karnes's curator insight, January 13, 2013 2:16 PM

Frontline Correspondence with critques in their editorial.