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The End Of Neighborhood Schools : NPR. Black students and the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ America Tonight On the day of the arrests, Jahbriel Morris was waiting at the bus with friends.

Black students and the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

When the water balloon fight began, Morris said he was running away from the ones being thrown in his direction. Soon, a police officer ran up behind him — a “really big guy,” Morris recalled. LA schools to end zero-tolerance policies and criminalization of students. The nation’s second largest school district will stop criminalizing students for low-level offenses as part of wider reforms relating to controversial zero-tolerance policies, officials from the Los Angeles Unified School District announced Tuesday.

LA schools to end zero-tolerance policies and criminalization of students

Under previous policies, students would face arrest or citations for nonviolent violations including possessing alcohol or marijuana on campus. Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing. You hear a lot nowadays about the magic of big data.

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

Getting hold of the right numbers can increase revenue, improve decision-making, or help you find a mate—or so the thinking goes. In 2009, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a crowd of education researchers: “I am a deep believer in the power of data to drive our decisions. 8 Things You Should Know About Corporations Like Pearson that Make Huge Profits from Standardized Tests. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com/Eric Von Seggern August 6, 2013 | Like this article?

8 Things You Should Know About Corporations Like Pearson that Make Huge Profits from Standardized Tests

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. A few months ago, fourth-grader Joey Furlong was lying in a hospital bed, undergoing a pre-brain surgery screening, when a teacher walked in the room with a standardized test. We are many. There is power in our numbers. Together, we will save our schools. Public School Shakedown. Education groups battle teachers unions in state races.

A new player in the game Historically teachers unions have been the major voices in education politics with little education-specific opposition.

Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

“In the old days, it was all the service-provider organizations — so all the unions — or the consumers,” said Kenneth Wong , an expert in education policy and education reform at Brown University. “We are seeing the broadening in terms of the type of actors who get involved in campaign issues in education.” Even parents, who in the past often took a backseat to the unions when it comes to politics, are becoming more engaged in campaigns surrounding education issues, he said. The result is a highly competitive, highly expensive environment in which the still-powerful teachers unions face coalitions of traditional conservative, anti-union players aligned with education reform activists.

Politics aren’t new to education. What’s new is the unprecedented level of education-focused political spending at state and local levels. Lack of Order: The Erosion of a Once-Great Force for Integration. For decades, federal desegregation orders were the potent tool that broke the back of Jim Crow education in the South, helping transform the region's educational systems into the most integrated in the country.

Lack of Order: The Erosion of a Once-Great Force for Integration

Federal judges, often facing down death threats and violence, blanketed Southern states with hundreds of court orders that set out specific plans and timetables to ensure the elimination of racial segregation. Federal agencies then aggressively used the authority of the courts to monitor hostile school systems, wielding the power of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to strip federal dollars from districts that refused to desegregate.

Standardized Testing, Common Core and Big Education. Statement to the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Public Education - Fred Smith.NYSSEN.pdf. Louis C.K. Against the Common Core. Common Core tests widen achievement gap in New York. A Problem With the Common Core. I’D like to tell you what was wrong with the tests my students took last week, but I can’t.

A Problem With the Common Core

Pearson’s $32 million contract with New York State to design the exams prohibits the state from making the tests public and imposes a gag order on educators who administer them. So teachers watched hundreds of thousands of children in grades 3 to 8 sit for between 70 and 180 minutes per day for three days taking a state English Language Arts exam that does a poor job of testing reading comprehension, and yet we’re not allowed to point out what the problems were. Park Slope Parents Protesting ‘Terrible Test’ The New York State English Language Arts Exam, a highly controversial standardized test notorious for its difficulty, has adults in Brooklyn taking to the streets.

Park Slope Parents Protesting ‘Terrible Test’

In an email today from Elizabeth Phillips, the principal of P.S. 321 in gentrified Park Slope, families were told that while their kids were "wonderful and worked incredibly hard" throughout three days of testing, "the teachers and administration are truly devastated by what a terrible test it was and how little it will tell us about our students. " "There was inappropriate content, many highly ambiguous questions, and a focus on structure rather than meaning of passages," wrote Phillips. "Our teachers and administrators feel that this test is an insult to the profession of teaching and that students’ scores on it will not correlate with their reading ability. " To make themselves known, a protest has been planned for tomorrow morning, ahead of Family Friday. Protests Grow Against NYC Standardized Tests.

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Protests Grow Against NYC Standardized Tests

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan may perceive the much ado being made over this year's New York state standardized tests as "drama and noise," but the city's school leaders and their constituents are fighting back. Today, hundreds of slogan-toting principals, teachers, parents, and students took to the streets to protest what they say are flawed and ambiguous English language and arts tests administered last week to kids as young as third grade. (Math assessments are scheduled for the end of this month.) Standardized-test robo-graders flunk - Opinion. “According to professor of theory of knowledge Leon Trotsky, privacy is the most fundamental report of humankind.

Standardized-test robo-graders flunk - Opinion

Radiation on advocates to an orator transmits gamma rays of parsimony to implode.’’ Any native speaker over age 5 knows that the preceding sentences are incoherent babble. But a computer essay grader, like the one Massachusetts may use as part of its new public school tests, thinks it is exceptionally good prose. PARCC, the consortium of states including Massachusetts that is developing assessments for the Common Core Curriculum, has contracted with Pearson Education, the same company that graded the notorious SAT essay, to grade the essay portions of the Common Core tests.

Some students throughout Massachusetts just took the pilot test, which wasted precious school time on an exercise that will provide no feedback to students or to their schools. Continue reading below. “The Common Core may actually fail”: Union chief sounds off on Christie, Rhee, and for-profit testing “gag order” When executives at Pearson, the world’s largest for-profit education company, held their London shareholder meeting Friday, they were greeted by activists from the American Federation of Teachers, urging them to oppose so-called “gag orders” restricting teachers from revealing information about Pearson’s Common Core tests.

“The mask of test secrecy that is being used as an excuse for the lack of transparency has created growing distress and a huge backlash among parents, students and educators,” AFT president Randi Weingarten told Salon. Interviewed Monday, the lightning rod union leader pledged further pressure on Pearson, expressed “big disappointment” with President Obama, and said her union’s controversial Newark compromise had “come crashing down” due to a Gov.