Archive | January, 2015

Academies are not a magic bullet after all

28 Jan

Socialist Educational Association

Graham Stuart MP is the chair of the Education Committee Graham Stuart MP is the chair of the Education Committee

The Education Select Committee has just published a report in which claims that academies will naturally improve educational outcomes are demonstrably unproven. In the words of the Conservative MP, Graham Stuart, who chairs the committee, ‘Current evidence does not prove that academies raise standards overall or for disadvantaged children.’ He added, ‘While some chains have clearly raised attainment, others achieve worse outcomes creating huge disparities within the academy sector and compared to other mainstream schools’

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Florida Teacher: How Competition with Charters Affects Public Schools

27 Jan

Florida Teacher: How Competition with Charters Affects Public Schools.

Florida Teacher: How Competition with Charters Affects Public Schools

27 Jan

Diane Ravitch's blog

Proponents of school choice frequently claim that competition with charters (and vouchers) will cause public schools to improve as they fight for “customers.” That is the way it works in the business world, so it should work in education, so they say.

Here is a comment by a Florida teacher who explains what happens in the real world:

As a public school teacher, I am enraged at our situation in Florida. Just this year we lost more than 300 students to a local charter chain (the nearby Academica). Because of this they relocated 16 teachers, closed the third floor, and the library is closed for the students with no librarian. I called around to neighboring schools and the situation is just as bad at other schools. Now I am stuck in a room of 40 or so students in which 20% barely speak english and I have major behavioral problems…

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A New Jersey Second Grader Weighs in on State Tests

21 Jan

A New Jersey Second Grader Weighs in on State Tests.

Implementing Assessment Without Levels

15 Jan

Implementing Assessment Without Levels.

The nonsense of the grade descriptors

15 Jan

The nonsense of the grade descriptors.