Virtual School Meanderings

June 19, 2016

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature…

Worth A Read

Politics & Prejudices: Destroying schools, destroying Detroit

Posted: 14 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Jack Lessenberry writes about politics and schools in Detroit: “No city without a public school system parents can trust ever has any hope of attracting anyone capable of voting with their feet. Without that, Detroit is doomed to be, at best, a place of childless hipsters and menacing slums. You now know who did this to the city, and why.”

Striving for Equity: District Leadership for Narrowing Opportunity and Achievement Gaps

Posted: 13 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Robert G. Smith and S. David Brazer have a new book out from Harvard Education Press. “Based on in-depth interviews, ‘Striving for Equity’ brings to light the complex and illuminating stories of thirteen longtime superintendents—all leaders of the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) — who were able to make progress toward narrowing opportunity and achievement gaps in traditional school districts with diverse populations and multiple, competing agendas.”

The NAEP proficiency myth

Posted: 12 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Tom Loveless takes a closer look at recent statements made by Campbell Brown on the reform website ‘The 74.’ She claimed that “two out of three eighth graders cannot read or do math at grade level.” Loveless dug into the comments and what can and cannot be said using NAEP.

Why I reject the American obsession with achievement gaps

Posted: 11 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Jay Mathews discusses a recent study from Stanford’s Sean Reardon, which studied the geography of racial/ethic test score gaps. He says, “We should be working to raise everyone’s level. The gaps don’t matter, particularly if you are going to school in Detroit.”

Seeking accountability, states revise charter laws

Posted: 09 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Connie Langland writes about the need to update and improve charter accountability laws: “More than a dozen states have done ‘complete overhauls’ of their public charter school oversight laws, regulations, and policies over the last six years, Fenton said. Four states — Maine, Mississippi, Alabama, and Washington – are newcomers, having only recently enacted charter school laws. But in Pennsylvania, the charter law was written in 1997 and it hasn’t been updated since then.”

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