The College Board, which owns the SAT, just announced that starting Jan. 1, “the vast majority” of students who have special-education plans that already include accommodations for testing — such as extra time, sitting in a separate room, and/or having the test read to the student — will receive automatic approval for the same accommodations when taking the SAT, PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT subject tests and AP exams.For a good laugh, I always like to read what the Washington Policy Center has to say on education. The latest is a review of Superintendent Nyland's letter to parents on the budget.
In a new statement, David Coleman, president and chief executive of the College Board, said: “Educators, students, and families have asked us to simplify our process, and we’ve listened. The school staff knows their students best, and we want to cut down on the time and paperwork needed to submit a testing accommodations request.”
Changes are also being made to providing testing supports to English as a Second Language students. The statement said that starting Jan. 1, “ELL students taking a state-funded SAT during the school day will have access to testing instructions in several native languages and approved word-to-word bilingual glossaries.” Next fall, they can also receive extended testing time (up to time and a half) and the opportunity to test in an environment with reduced distractions, it said.
The letter carries a dark tone of fear – indicating parents, teachers and students will suffer unless higher taxes raise Nyland’s budget beyond the record level of $789 million the District receives each year.Well, there is a huge deficit, some of it based on the levy cliff which is conveniently left out of this post so yes, there is some fear. Not sure I hear much intimidation as much as straight talk.
The superintendent’s intimidating letter raises questions about current high funding levels and whether Superintendent Nyland is properly managing public resources to educate students.
The larger budget is not due to big increases in enrollment, which has increased only slightly.Clearly, someone didn't do their homework because, yes, SPS has grown mightily.
While Superintendent Nyland says he has a “Budget Gap,” he has found money to increase his pay. The superintendent’s salary is now $295,000, plus $55,000 more in benefits. He has increased spending in the central office by nearly $100 million in five years.Well, it's true he is getting a raise and a COLA but he couldn't have increased the spending in the central office for five years because he hasn't been here five years.
But there was this tidbit:
In addition, last fall Superintendent Nyland conducted a series of secret, off-the-record meetings with the highly-paid executives of the powerful WEA union, resulting in a closed-door agreement that skewed public spending in the union’s favor.Is she talking about the teachers' contract negotiations?
But point taken on whether the money this district is granted by the state and Seattle voters is well-spent.
I will be unable to attend the district's community meeting on the budget tonight at Ballard High. I'll have an open thread for that tomorrow; please let us know what is said and if there are handouts.
Here's a fun punctuation quiz to take with your high schooler. (I did get 100% but it's 10 questions.)
On a more thoughtful note, a good article about Harry Potter characters, Ron and Hermoine, and their relationship. I did not notice this as much reading the books as watching the movies where I found the situation more pronounced.
Just in case it escaped your notice, Ron Weasley spends the majority of his time with Hermione being unkind to her.What's on your mind?
Throughout their years at school, he intermittently cold-shouldered her and projected anger on her that she did not deserve.
I'm personally a huge sucker for the "hate to love" trope, but mutual respect in that is key — they may fight, but they fight fairly, and they never actually aim to hurt.