Special Section: The Common Core Dissenters:
In June 2010, the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers released Reaching Higher: The Common Core State Standards Validation Committee. The committee comprised 28 members, but the report included only 24 signatures. The 4 who did not go along are Alfinio Flores (U. Delaware), R. James Milgram (Stanford U.), Sandra Stotsky (U Arkansas), and Dylan Wiliam (ETS). Professor Flores declined to submit an explanation. But, dissents from Professors Milgram, Stotsky, and Wiliam can be found here:
New in the Nonpartisan Education Review:
- Phelps, The Test: Why our schools are obsessed with standardized testing—but you don’t have to be (book review)
The Un-Making of an Extraordinary School (testimonial)
Testimony to Georgia House's Federal Government's Role in Education Study Committee Regarding: Common Core State Standards and Related Testing Issues (testimonial)
- Bishop, Why Do Americans Stink at Math? Some of the Answer (article review)
- Phelps, The Gauntlet: Think Tanks and Federal Research Centers Misrepresent and Suppress Other Education Research (essay)
- Oliphant, Chinese-Australian Pronunciation versus Standard American Pronunciation (essay)
- Martinez, Tost, Hilgert, Woodard-Meyers, Gang Membership Risk Factors for Eighth-Grade Students (article)
- Quail, Nos Censuimus Igitur Essemus (essay)
- Fitzhugh, Bend it Like Truman (essay)
- Fitzhugh, It's the Students, Stupid! (essay)
- Quirk, The Bogus Research in Kamii and Dominick's Harmful Effects of Algorithms Papers (research review)
- Quirk, The "Parrot Math" Attack on Memorization (research review)
- Stotsky, Literature or Technical Manuals: Who Should Be Teaching What, Where, and Why? (essay)
Special Section: The Problem of Private Data in Education Research:
Special Section: Depraved Indifference: Testing Experts and Education Policy
Point-Counterpoint: Educators, Cheating, & Testing Standards:
Also in the Nonpartisan Education Review:
- McNee, Why Billy Can't Read (resource)
- Martel: DC Public Schools Fail to Meet Performance Requirements of 4 Foundation Grants (resource)
- Dancis, College Readiness--A Simple Description (essay), # K-12 "Pretend Mathematics" Curriculum Produces Freshmen Who Know Less Algebra (resource), # All Teachers Can Learn Mathematics; All Students Can Learn Mathematics From Teachers Who Know Mathematics (resource), # U.S. Government should stop financing arithmetic avoidance (essay)
- Stamm, Quality versus quantity (essay), # The Common Sense of Copying (essay), # The Real Source of Success in Japanese Education (essay)
- Beals, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education (book review)
- Stichter, High Stakes Accountability and High School Student Perceptions of Instructional Climate: A Longitudinal Trend Study (article)
- Garelick, Raising a Left-Brain Child in a Right-Brain World (book review), The Common Core Math Standards: When Understanding is Overrated (essay)
The Revenge of K-12: How Common Core and the new SAT lower college standards in the U.S., Pioneer Institute report [download] (Richard P. Phelps & R. James Milgram), September 2014.
ANNOUNCING: Barry Garelick is featured on a Heartland Institute podcast, discussing "The Math Wars from a Teacher's Eyes". See also his article series there:
I. A Common Sense Approach to Common Core Math
II. Third-grade fractions
III. Drawing diagrams for dividing fractions
ANNOUNCING: New Educational Foundations: A Trans-ideological Journal of Criticism and ReviewTM. Volume 1, Volume 2 & Volume 3
SEE: Nonpartisan Education Review Board member Elizabeth Carson on EdCast (with Professors Fred Greenleaf and Sylvain Cappell, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU.), TOPIC: Math Education Reform: Does It Add Up?
ANNOUNCING: Independent Voter News, "Unfiltered community news by independent contributors." (Tired of the Education Week, education-establishment, Republican think tank echo chamber?)
ANNOUNCING: Team Metric, an organization with a mission.
"STEM curricula must move towards a greater focus and coherence; we believe that no change would achieve this goal more effectively than removing US customary (inch-pound) units from formal education. A Metric-only approach to STEM education would provide a rational, science-based, intuitive system to learn and build upon. We support metric-only education."
ProCon.org posts new issue page on standardized tests. (See also their issue page on teacher tenure.)
The Silicon Valley Education Foundation hosts an interesting discussion on test cheating.
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