The Testing Industry

iPad Watchdog Stuart Magruder’s Re-Appointment: Which Way Will LAUSD Go?

iPad Watchdog Stuart Magruder’s Re-Appointment: Which Way Will LAUSD Go?

The question for many school districts around the country this spring was this: how are they supposed to give computer-based, end-of-year Common Core State Standards (CCSS) tests? For over a year in Los Angeles Unified, parents, students, teachers, and community members have wrestled with the details of Superintendent John Deasy’s 1:1 iPad program and its $1 billion price tag. The second-lar... »

Actual SBAC Testing Conditions (California)

Actual SBAC Testing Conditions (California)

K12NN will be posting experiences teachers have as they prepare their students for the SBAC or PARCC Common Core State Standards tests or actually administer them as testing season rolls out across the country. The SBAC and PARCC tests are to be administered by computer and they function as the end-of-year summative assessment for students. These stories, while anonymous, are from actual classroom... »

More on SBAC Practice Tests (California)

More on SBAC Practice Tests (California)

K12NN will be posting experiences teachers have as they prepare their students for the SBAC or PARCC Common Core State Standards tests or actually administer them as testing season rolls out across the country. The SBAC and PARCC tests are to be administered by computer and they function as the end-of-year summative assessment for students. These stories, while anonymous, are from actual classroom... »

SBAC Field Tests: An Experiment With Chromebooks

SBAC Field Tests: An Experiment With Chromebooks

K12NN will be posting experiences teachers have as they prepare their students for the SBAC or PARCC Common Core State Standards tests or actually administer them as testing season rolls out across the country. The SBAC and PARCC tests are to be administered by computer and they function as the end-of-year summative assessment for students. These stories, while anonymous, are from actual classroom... »

VAM/AGT and other neoliberal corporate reforms have all scientific validity of phrenology. They're just as racist as well.

American Statistical Association has just released a very important document on Value Added Methodologies

“The President of the United States and his Secretary of Education are violating one of the most fundamental principles concerning test use: Tests should be used only for the purpose for which they were developed. If they are to be used for some other purpose, then careful attention must be paid to whether or not this purpose is appropriate” — Gerald Bracey, PhD The American Stat... »

March 14, 2014: Remarks at the Association of Children’s Librarians Annual Institute

Cynthia Liu is CEO/Founder of K-12 News Network. On March 14, 2014, I was invited to speak to the Association of Childen’s Librarians of Northern California at their annual Institute in the beautiful San Francisco Main Public Library. Here’s the substance of the talk I gave. In re-arranging my address to the ACL for publication here, I decided to flip the order and put the call to acti... »

A Teacher’s Letter to President Obama: Play Is Being Pushed Out By Drill and Kill

A Teacher’s Letter to President Obama: Play Is Being Pushed Out By Drill and Kill

This is part of a series of letters written by practicing teaching professionals in classrooms around America. These teachers have daily direct contact with schoolchildren. K12NN is proud to present Letters to President Obama. Letters were delivered to President Obama as part of an overall conviction by many teachers that federal education policies, as currently implemented, are not benefiting pub... »

Why This “Suburban Mom” Thinks Arne Duncan’s All Wrong

Why This “Suburban Mom” Thinks Arne Duncan’s All Wrong

Cynthia Liu is the founder of K12NN. Last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said “white suburban moms” oppose Common Core State Standards because they’ll find out “their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they [sic] were.” SO. MUCH. FAIL. Where to begin? First of all, I’m not white, I&#... »

Let’s Have A One-to-One Chat

Let’s Have A One-to-One Chat

Guest post by Roberta Eidman, MPH, a Los Angeles community member. On October 29th, the LAUSD School Board will review Superintendent John Deasy’s controversial One-to-One i-Pad initiative.  Parents, teacher and press have criticized the project for its $1B price tag, use of bond funding, security glitches and absence of instructional planning.  Still, Deasy is determined to forge ahead into Phase... »

LAUSD: Deasy’s iPads for All, At What Cost?

LAUSD: Deasy’s iPads for All, At What Cost?

Warning….coming soon to a school district near you:  iPads for all – paid for by voter approved construction bonds!!!! Yes, it’s true and it’s happening right now in Los Angeles.    Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy decided that all students should be given their own iPad. No matter that in January, 2012,  he announced in an Apple commercial that “we had decided t... »

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