K12NN: American Statistical Association has just released a very important document on Value Added Methodologies

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

First published April 9, 2014 on K-12 News Network “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 […]

Of the thousands of slacktivists, we only have 1,756 signatures?

I know what you’re going to say: petitions don’t matter. I get it. But I’ve seen one of the most respected authors and activists around, Susan Ohanian, publish a new White House petition to “Direct the Department of Education and Congress to Remove Annual Standardized Testing Mandates of NCLB and RtTT.” Just this morning, I […]

Spellings Doubles-Down on “Incredibly Complicated” High-Stakes Testing

While political and popular debates teeter on the brink somewhere between surreal and catastrophic—consider the mess that is Sarah Palin homophobic-splaining the Phil Robertson controversy—the media access afforded Margaret Spellings may be reaching a level that rises about worse-of status for just a single year. I have offered the worst Op-Ed of 2013 and Bruce […]

An investigative documentary into the Common Core State Standards Initiative

BUILDING THE MACHINE (2014) – Official Trailer [HQ] I want to use the same disclaimer here that I did the last time I posted Common Core State Standards (CSSS) related materials from sources that I disavow any connection with. The video is produced by, and also features, individuals that are from fringe-right-wing groups. The last […]

My 8 year old cries foul on testing.

At last week’s school board meeting in my rural Western New York community an excellent discussion on testing occurred, focusing on the use of progress monitoring assessments.  Several families, including mine, have made the decision to boycott all assessment that is mandated by federal or state policy.   Our district uses a Pearson product called AIMSweb […]


No Excuses! Call your representatives.The message is here and it’s clear, concise andstrong. Action Alert Dear folks: For the first time in 12 years, a bill is expected to come to the floor of Congress to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as NCLB.  The Student Success Act, introduced by Rep. Kline, […]

News Reel No. 2, Senate HELP and #ESEA

Part two of our series.

Harkins’ “Strengthening Corporate Control of Schools Act for 2013”

This new re-write of ESEA is more similar to NCLB than just the 1000+ pages of corporate lawyerese used to maintain and extend the current power structure over schools.  Most of the specifics of NCLB stay in place, and where they are changed, they reflect changes found in RTTT.  It is, yet, another document written […]

Past and Present: Eugenics, Standardized Tests, and the Politics of School Reform–Hoosier connections and challenges

[Editor’s note: An early draft version was posted in error.  This has been corrected.]*Guest Post by John Loflin, Education-Community Action Team.  johnharrisloflin@yahoo.com Past and present: Eugenics, standardized tests, and politics of school reform: Hoosier connections and challenges  “If such a thing as a psycho-analysis of today’s prototypical culture were possible such an investigation    would […]

Continuing skirmishes with CCSS cheerleaders on Diane Ravitch’s blog

“There is no evidence that standards and tests improve school achievement. The money budgeted for standards and tests to enforce the standards should be used to protect children from the effects of poverty.” — Professor Stephen Krashen The following is my edited commentary in response to comments by a CCSS supporter on the Professor Ravitch […]

Debunking Common Core Curriculum’s so-called Four C’s

“When you go to doctors, they don’t take all your blood, they only take a sample.” — Professor Stephen Krashen Professor Diane Ravitch had a brief comment entitled The True Goals of Education? this morning where a reader suggested a sort of whole child approach based on virtues as opposed to tedious test preparation. That […]

Obscuring history and human agency through NCLB, RTTT and CCSS


“Prior research, then, strongly suggests that charter programs have not lived up to their initial promise of transcending the segregating effects of traditional district boundary lines. In fact, these studies indicate charters exacerbate already rampant school segregation, particularly for Black students.” — Erica Frankenberg, Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Jia Wang The Smith and Carlos Statueat San José […]

This is how the #ccss is going to work

Common Core

I created a simple diagram of how the Common Core standards are going to work. There’s really nothing scientific about it, yet I feel like supports of the CCSS aren’t really aware of the implications. Because we have a state by state system at this time, there’s a good amount of variation in teaching and […]

@skrashen lays out the #commoncore train with a lot of quirky visuals

Via Living Behind the Gates. Get it? Stephen doesn’t think it’s too late in terms of tempering loyalty to the Core. He’s a harsh critic and doesn’t believe it will change anything. Well, it will certainly lead to more testing, and that point is clear. I don’t quite understand the amnesia. So, let’s see, NCLB […]

Summer school day, I don’t know, 15? Thanks #NCLB

I’m discussing the Olympic Games in second grade. I asked the kids what they knew about the United States before assigning them other countries. Here’s a sample of what I heard: The United States is fun Denny’s Benning Road (presumably the student’s address) I ask, “What’s the capital of the United States?” Texas Mexico Mind […]


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