WA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn has sent a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asking that Washington be waived from the NCLB requirement that public schools send out letters about how they are all failing under NCLB (about 96% of schools would have to send out these letters).
Naturally, 96% of Washington schools are not failing; it's just the failure of Congress to act on this (dying) law.
Sending these letters would cause undue confusion to parents and be a cost to districts. (Over at Washington Policy Center, they bemoan that parents won't get their choice, under NCLB, to move their kids to another school and/or access tutoring if their child is at a failing school. What they fail to understand is that most parents, currently at "failing" schools neither access the movement of their child nor tutoring even when they are notified of this option.)
Speaking of Arne Duncan, apparently he made a speech at the recent national PTA convention in Texas. (PTA has received a lot of dough from Gates, part of it just for CC.) Diane Ravitch has one PTA mom's reaction to the speech.
“Even more alarming, the general meetings at the national PTA convention
were sponsored by Discover Card, Microsoft, and Pearson. During the
general meetings, attendees were forced to sit through 15 minute
commercials about their corporations and hear about their “partnerships”
A new survey finds that many school administrators do NOT feel prepared for the technology needs of Common Core assessments.
The Vision K-20 Survey is an annual online self-assessment hosted on SIIA’s Vision K-20 website for educators and educational leaders in K-12 classrooms, schools, and districts and postsecondary courses, departments, and campuses.
The 2014 Vision K-20 report analyzes the results of nearly 1,000 surveys completed by educators representing all levels of K-20 education.
In addition to the benchmarks, the 2014 version of the Vision K-20 survey asked questions about Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) implementation in schools, and institutional preparedness for online, summative assessments, to see how schools are adapting to new technology options.
Many (almost 60%) do not feel ‘highly prepared’ with adequate bandwidth or with adequate devices and hardware for their students – a definite concern as online testing related to Common Core inches closer to implementation.
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