Virtual School Meanderings

June 16, 2013

Worth A Read

From Friday’s inbox…

Worth A Read

Repairing the Conservative School Reform Coalition

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

Originally published in the Weekly Standard, Checker Finn and Mike Petrilli provide a brief history of the fragmented conservative school reform movement from the 1970s to today. The history “lesson” provides a detailed, multifaceted explanation for their support for Common Core standards. Finn and Petrilli also outline steps that conservatives can take to “restore harmony” to American conservatism.
Taking tests, to test, to see if students are ready for the test

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

Julian Vasquez Heilig shares a story by Luke Quinton of KUT NPR about the passage of HB5 in Texas. The text of the story is shared on Cloaking Inequity.

The bottom line on student tracking

Posted: 09 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

Kevin Welner discusses ability grouping (tracking) and responds to a front page story in the New York Times.   Read more about ability grouping and tracking on the Great Lakes Center website.
Harkin, Alexander, and Waivers: Your ESEA Markup Cheat Sheet

Posted: 09 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

Anne Hyslop shares a summary of ESEA reauthorization bills introduced in the U.S. Senate. A side-by-side chart is provided to compare competing proposals by Sen. Harkin and Sen. Alexander, along with the Obama administration’s waiver process (currently used).

Revisiting the Chetty, Rockoff & Friedman Molehill

Posted: 08 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

Bruce Baker takes another look at the Chetty study and concludes, “Indeed it’s an interesting study, but to suggest that this study has important immediate implications for school and district level human resource management is not only naive, but reckless and irresponsible and must stop.”   The Great Lakes Center funded a review of the Chetty study in February 2012, read more here.
Under siege-and in bid to stay relevant-teacher unions evolve

Posted: 08 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

Sarah Butrymowicz shares the struggle of Hawaii State Teachers Association recent contract negotiations and provides an overview of the changing landscape of teacher unionism in America. Because of conservative attacks on worker rights through state legislation, we are likely to see changes that will impact millions of teachers and professional educators regarding their rights at work.

Minn. moves ahead with some Common Core education standards

Posted: 06 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

Tim Post shares statewide plans to implement and adopt Common Core State Standards in Minnesota. Minnesota has opted to move forward with Common Core standards in reading and writing, but will maintain state standards in math. “They [CCSS] represent an improvement over Minnesota’s previous reading and writing standards, said Lori Helman, associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education.”   Read more about the Common Core on the Great Lakes Center website.
An Open Letter on the Common Core Transition

Posted: 05 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

Cheryl Williams, executive director for the Learning First Alliance, shares a letter from LFA to education stakeholders. LFA, a strong supporter of CCSS, recommends a transition period in the Common Core implementation. The letter was signed by 15 member organizations.

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