The state commissioner, a huge fan of Common Core, blamed the vendor. She told schools to go back to the “worst case scenario,” that is, pencil and paper testing.The worry is that their computer system for testing cannot "perform consistently." This comes on the heels of the story that students who took PARCC tests on paper did better than those who did on a computer so see, maybe a silver linings. Hilarious comment from those involved:
"It is true that this [pattern exists] on average, but that doesn't mean it occurred in every state, school, and district on every one of the tests," Jeffrey Nellhaus, PARCC's chief of assessment, said in an interview.Hmmm, maybe this guy doesn't realize how the pattern got there "on average." Someday, all of Common Core may be the silver linings playbook for those who are the glass half-full types.
What about the SAT? Shades of our old state test, the WASL. From the NY Times:
Chief among the changes, experts say: longer and harder reading passages and more words in math problems. The shift is leading some educators and college admissions officers to fear that the revised test will penalize students who have not been exposed to a lot of reading, or who speak a different language at home — like immigrants and the poor.SPS is also asking for help in conservation/recycling and has a good webpage, Utility Conservation Programs, how your student's school can do it. Your school can get money back from the district in some programs.
Nearly 200 black men came to support the National African-American Parent Involvement Day yesterday at South Shore Pre-K-8. They had hoped for 100 so it was a great show of support for the school. That kind of community support, plus the $1M grant they receive each year, is the kind of thing that will support better outcomes.
What's on your mind?