If you blinked, you might have missed it.
The Times does some really weird thinking on how long they allow education opinions/op-eds to stay (1) on their front page of their website and (2) on the Opinion page of their website. I've seen some stay for just a day, some for a week or more and some, you cannot find even if you search.
This one is a bit of a record as it was just there this morning on their front page webpage and now it's not.
But, of course, the Times wants the NCLB waiver issue to run to their view and this, well, doesn't.
In fact, President Sharon Peaslee, rather than arguing the rightness or wrongness of having the waiver, does the opposite. She talks about how one score will not achieve better outcomes for anyone.
And, she's right.
She even puts in a throwdown to Common Core, saing that Common Core should be "decoupled" from high-stakes testing. But, it's not because Common Core is bad::
The testing is putting the Common Core at risk.
She argues for formative assessments:
Formative assessments give the same data as high-stakes tests — how many
students have achieved grade-level standards, and how many have not.
But this is achieved without failure. Measuring progress increases
student motivation and eliminates the downward spiral of demoralization
And she lays the blame for the problems in NCLB right back where it belongs:
The loss of the federal education waiver should wake us up to the need
for changes in state and national accountability requirements. It’s not
the failure of legislators or teachers unions, as some allege. The
failure is in rigid federal mandates that don’t make sense.
She even offers a solution:
Washington could probably win back the waiver next year by embracing the
accountability system we just rejected. Or we can turn this loss into a
far more significant victory by developing an assessment system that
authentically improves teaching and learning. We’ve already taken the
lead. Let’s lead with a solution, and surely others will follow.