DON’T BE CONFUSED @the chalkface is still the punk rock thrill ride that delivers readers, viewers, and listeners the unfiltered truth about education reform. We don’t take corporate contributions from Gates and Walton. But what about this new Chalkbeat? Sadly they do take funds from Gates and Walton. This is your brain on Chalkbeat. This […]
Ed. Dept. Launches Competition for Kindergarten Entry Assessments “Kindergarten-entry assessments are designed to measure a child’s “essential domains of school readiness,” which include language and literacy development, cognition and general early knowledge, readiness to learn, physical well-being, and social and emotional development.” @the chalkface is developing the “NON essential domains of school readiness” kindergarten entry […]
This evening Shaun and I had the opportunity to speak with Rachael Stickland from Jefferson County, CO. Rachael is a student privacy activist (received her training from Leonie Haimson) trying to sound the alarm to CO parents about the “400 data points” that the state plans on sharing with data management company inBloom. Why should […]
Dear Dr. Lane,Pursuant to Pennsylvania Code Title 22 Chapter 4, section 4.4 (d)(5) I am hereby exercising my right as a parent to have my child excused from any State standardized testing because of religious and philosophical beliefs. During the time when other students are taking State standardized PSSA tests (including make-ups), I would like […]
… your huddled students yearning to learn free from corporate education reform. Here At the Chalkface we have had several articles that have been widely read and shared recently: http://atthechalkface.com/2012/12/12/is-your-child-getting-a-worksheet-education/ http://atthechalkface.com/2013/03/05/kindergarteners-get-ready-to-confront-the-new-economy/ http://atthechalkface.com/2013/03/06/guess-the-grade-level-of-this-common-core-homework/ The theme of these pieces is test preparation and Common Core worksheets/homework assignments. These articles are examples of the harm corporate education reform […]
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…does anyone else find this image deeply disturbing? This will be in my nightmares, for sure.
Stay strong! As this boycott continues to grow (And I believe it will) advocating for “portfolio and authentic assessment” is absolutely essential. The reality is that any high stakes standardized test is ALWAYS going to be an invalid indicator of student learning. Start using the language of learning over terms such as “achievement” and “growth.” […]