CURMUDGUCATION: The Failure of Test Prep Nation

Bill Gates said it would take us ten years to see if  “this stuff” (aka Common Core and its attendant testing baloney) would work  It’s increasingly clear that we won’t have to wait that long.

Right up front, I want to be clear– I could not care less about the results of the PISA or the PIRLS or any other Big Standardized Test that pretends to measure the educational achievement and effectiveness of students, teachers, schools, or nations.

But this is the game reformsters wanted to play, the game at which they promised us a win, so by all means– let’s see if they delivered.

And the answer continues to be, “Nope.”

New international testing results show a precipitous drop for US fourth graders in reading scores.

And yet, these are the students who have had a lifetime of test prep. They have been soaked in Common Core since Day One, and to an even greater extent, soaked in the discipline of using Common Core as directed test prep for each state’s Big Standardized Test.

Source: CURMUDGUCATION: The Failure of Test Prep Nation

Worried about the drop in U.S. scores on international literacy test? Well, stop it. – The Washington Post

You may have read by now that U.S. fourth-graders who participated in an international test known as PIRLS just dropped in the rankings.

PIRLS stands for the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, an assessment given to fourth-graders in schools around the world every five years, and the latest scores, from 2016, were released Tuesday, and the usual hand-wringing about how U.S. students performed on the latest international test began.

Source: Worried about the drop in U.S. scores on international literacy test? Well, stop it. – The Washington Post

The Mackinac Center: National Leader in Plan to End Unions | MEAMatters

The Heritage Foundation was founded in 1973 with money provided by Joe Coors of the Coors Brewing Corporation. Joe wanted to create an outside operation to supply corporate-friendly “research” as well as testimony-ready experts for Republican politicians.

In 1975, ALEC was created to do the same on the state level by supplying model legislation written by corporate lobbyists, ready made for introduction. A few years later, in 1984, the Mackinac Center was founded by insurance companies to bring this corporate policy-making machinery to Michigan.

ALEC promises corporate funders that “winning the public policy debate will … have a tremendous effect on the bottom line of your company.”

Source: The Mackinac Center: National Leader in Plan to End Unions | MEAMatters

Reflecting on Classroom Culture – The New Teacher Chat: Advice, Tips, and Support – Education Week Teacher

Have you ever put yourself in the shoes of your students and wondered what it feels like for them to be in your class? I challenge you to take on this thought! I strive to facilitate a safe and nurturing learning environment, one where my kindergartners feel valued and connected to what they are learning. Am I meeting my goal of providing a positive learning space for my kids? With the hustle of everything that comes with teaching, I do try to take moments to stand back and observe my kids to see what their actions can tell me.

Source: Reflecting on Classroom Culture – The New Teacher Chat: Advice, Tips, and Support – Education Week Teacher