Abuse by Cops Caught on Video, Educational Neglect Caught by Test Scores: We Need to Ensure Justice as a NationJune 16, 2015
By Marianne Lombardo You really don’t truly get something until you directly experience it or see it with your own eyes. You can’t un-see the video of Tamir Rice being shot down as he played in a park in Cleveland. You can’t un-see a 14-year-old girl in a swimsuit flung on the ground,
Presidents and Education Reform – Part 1 of a SeriesJune 4, 2015
By Charles Barone This blog is Part 1 of ERN’s “Presidents and Education” Series When it comes to education and the 2016 race for President, Common Core is pretty much all people are talking about. But the reality is that in the Presidential arena, the Common Core debate is mostly theater and is likely to have
Massachusetts: A Role Model for School TurnaroundMay 13, 2015
By Marianne Lombardo In a recent study of school turnarounds, the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education found that while more than 80 percent of states made turning around low-performing schools a high priority, 50 percent found it very difficult. Forty states reported significant gaps in expertise for supporting school turnarounds.
DFER Louisiana Statement on House Bill 166May 6, 2015
Baton Rouge, La—Today, following the House Education Committee vote on House Bill 166 that passed by a vote of 9 to 8, DFER-LA State Director, Eva Kemp-Melder, released the following statement: “While we are disappointed that a measure focused on adult politics rather than student outcomes is moving forward, we will continue to make the
John Oliver – This Moment in History Requires a Bigger Vision Than That Of Privileged Anti-Testers
By Marianne Lombardo Baltimore burned because black people’s lives are devalued by systematic, institutionalized unfairness in the justice, economic, and education systems. Anger is the manifestation of despair. The Telegraph writes “While black men of all economic backgrounds face many pressures, those without hope for economic opportunity are the most likely to explode.” Earlier today,
Testing Tester: A Move to Grade-Span Testing Means At-Risk Students Won’t Count – Especially in MontanaApril 29, 2015
By Charles Barone One of the few wins on accountability found in the ESEA reauthorization bill reported out of the Senate HELP Committee two weeks ago was the maintenance of annual, statewide testing in grades 3-8. As I anticipated in December, “annual testing” turned out to be a big red herring that distracted everyone’s attention
Understanding Value Added – And Why It’s Needed for Education ReformApril 27, 2015
By Marianne Lombardo Some people believe using student data to evaluate teachers is unfair: “In the field test given a year ago, 91 percent of English Language Learners and nearly 80 percent of low-income students did not meet proficient. My class is comprised of 40 percent English language learners and nearly 100 percent are low-income.
DFER-CO Applauds Current & Former Governors' Statements on HB1323April 23, 2015
DFER Colorado commends the public statements made Wednesday by Governor Romer, Governor Owens and Governor Hickenlooper regarding Colorado’s high standards and assessment programs. Seeking to provide historical context on today’s current debate, this bi-partisan group of current and former Governors detailed what has been a point of consensus regarding what our children deserve from
The Opt-Out Movement: Whose kids are really at stake?April 15, 2015
By Nicole Brisbane, DFER New York State Director The levels of irony in the “opt-out movement” are almost too many to count. Traditionally, unions have been the organizing force behind generating positive change for the voiceless. In this case, they are trying to maintain a status quo that has been inherently unfair to low income
ESEA Infographic Brief #5 – Public Opinion on Student TestingMarch 19, 2015
Did you know that 75% of parents say that standardized tests are a solid measure of their children’s abilities? That and much more in our ESEA Infographic Brief #5.