Assessment/Evaluation

Higher Student Expectations?

Photograph; New Orleans Students. NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune archive) Introductory Reflection by Raynard Sanders, Ed.D., Host of The New Orleans Imperative The term "High Standards" is a part of the education reformer$ in Louisiana daily script. For the past nine years they have been quick to point [...]

Higher Student Expectations?2016-11-29T17:37:37-04:00

Louisiana Educational Assessment Program Scores – Smoke And Mirrors

Photograph; Arthur Ashe, an independent charter school in the state's Recovery School District, students prepare for LEAP exams. | Advocate staff photo By John McCusker Introductory Essay By Raynard Sanders, Ed.D., an Educator, a former John McDonogh School Principal and a New Orleans resident For years the [...]

Louisiana Educational Assessment Program Scores – Smoke And Mirrors2016-11-29T17:37:44-04:00

Testing a Lousy Way to Hold Schools Accountable

Illustration by Mike Keefe | Cagle Cartoons By Jason Stanford | Originally Published at Cagle Cartoons Newspaper. August 11, 2014 The problem with a lie—even one that everyone agrees with—is that eventually you can’t ignore the truth. Enron can’t paper over debt and crashes. The housing bubble [...]

Testing a Lousy Way to Hold Schools Accountable2016-11-29T17:37:47-04:00

Florida Retention Policy a Blight on Literacy, Children across US

By Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D. | Originally Published at The Becoming Radical. August 6, 2014 The New York Times headline suggests we are finally poised to read a positive story about education: A Summer of Extra Reading and Hope for Fourth Grade. But education reporter Motoko Rich’s [...]

Florida Retention Policy a Blight on Literacy, Children across US2016-11-29T17:37:47-04:00

Why We’re Wrong About Affirmative Action: Stereotypes, Testing and the ‘Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations’

(Photograph Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) By William A. Darity Jr., Alan A. Aja, , Darrick Hamilton | Originally Published at Huffington Post. July 28, 2014 5:04 PM Updated 5:59 PM EDT Earlier this month a divided Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the University of Texas' right [...]

Why We’re Wrong About Affirmative Action: Stereotypes, Testing and the ‘Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations’2016-11-29T17:37:48-04:00

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

You hear a lot nowadays about the magic of big data. Getting hold of the right numbers can increase revenue, improve decision-making, or help you find a mate—or so the thinking goes. In 2009, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a crowd of education researchers: [...]

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing2016-11-29T17:37:49-04:00

100% Error Rate on Student Transfers – A ‘Miracle?’

State Superintendent John White talks with Chateau Estates Elementary School students in Kenner Wednesday, February 20, 2013. White presented the state's new plan for reform and accountability for the 2013-14 school year during the visit to the school. (Photo by Brett Duke, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune) Introductory [...]

100% Error Rate on Student Transfers – A ‘Miracle?’2016-11-29T17:37:50-04:00

U.S. and Education Reform Need a Critical Free Press

By Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D. | Originally Published at The Becoming Radical. June 19, 2014 Few things are worse than mainstream media coverage of education. Except for that sentence above, which stretches hyperbole beyond credibility. But that is exactly where the mainstream media finds itself when covering [...]

U.S. and Education Reform Need a Critical Free Press2016-11-29T17:37:55-04:00

Study Shows Why Standardized Test Scores Aren’t Just About Schools

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has launched Fwd.us, which will lobby for higher education standards. (David Paul Morris, Bloomberg) Will we ever learn that philanthropy is really not that impressive? Nor is money the cure for what ails us? A practiced philosophy that promotes caring human connectivity brings [...]

Study Shows Why Standardized Test Scores Aren’t Just About Schools2016-11-29T17:37:57-04:00