A Tale of Two Students

This is a guest post from Loy Gross, upstate New York parent and advocate.   Proponents of Common Core State Standards and the New York tests associated with them try to convince us they are necessary. They say the standards make students college and career ready, and the New York tests provide an accurate measure […]

Dear PTA,

Dear ___________________ (Insert District/School PTA President’s name), Please accept my donation of $_____  to our school Parent Teacher Association.  I/We truly appreciate the dedication and time that our local PTA devotes to enhancing the educational and social opportunities for our children and their school. I/We are choosing to donate money to our school’s PTA as […]

#CCLS: Moratorium, Or Delaying the Inevitable?

From the massive amount of media coverage lately I am sure you have heard the NYS legislature is debating placing a “moratorium” on consequences from Common Core testing.  The discussion revolves around teachers, principals, and schools not being punished for low scores while New York slows down the implementation of the Common Core.  Many questions […]

Fill in those bubbles Kindergarteners- this is your future.

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Not quite as horrible as the learn how to bubble for the sake of test taking skill as Shaun Johnson’s post today, but what the hell are we doing here people? From  New York parent Heather: Kindergartners learning to be “college and career” ready by practicing filling in those bubbles? Common Core aligned too! From […]

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 […]

Kindergarten CCSS madness? Buckle up Robin!

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My recent post of first grade vocabulary from the New York State Education Department’s EngageNY website created a tremendous discussion. Is Common Core curriculum produced by Core Knowledge© age appropriate? Is this a symptom of the Common Core in general? Does the Common Core address the cognitive development of primary aged students? Once again the […]

Holy Mesopotamia Batman: First Grade CCSS vocabulary.

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I have been giving the New York State Education Department’s new Common Core curriculum modules a study over the last few weeks. I see these modules as an insulting scripted curriculum that favors test preparation skills over learning.  I teach middle school social studies so new reforms such as the Common Core have not had […]

PARCC 90210


PARCC will be field testing its assessments in fourteen states and DC next spring. Normally I would be firing up the opt out machine to protest another waste of my children’s time but a fellow education advocate gave me a different idea: She stated “the only thing worse than no data is bad data” referencing how […]

The Mismeasure of Education

Last updated July 27, 2013.  The book is now available at online bookstores.  Amazon and Barnes & Noble  have it, but the best price is at the publisher, Information Age: $27.50.  Description below is from the publisher. From the publisher, Information Age: 286 pages, w/index With new student assessments and teacher evaluation schemes in the […]

@dianeravitch posts the Declaration by @unitedoptout

A brief share here. Read, share, and read aloud for your friends.

@unitedoptout Declares Our Independence from Corporate #edreform

United Opt Out National releases its full Declaration of Independence. Here’s what you need to share with everyone: The entire post and introduction to the Declaration; The full-text of UOO’s Declaration in PDF; State by State opt-out or test refusal guides; The Official Get Tough Guide for Education Activism; A short teaser trailer for the Declaration; […]

United Opt Out to release a national Declaration of Independence this Thursday, VIDEO

The group United Opt Out is about to take, what I think to be, a major and much more aggressive stance towards the current regime of Arne Duncan and his sycophants. Please watch the following teaser for the release of UOO’s Declaration of Independence this coming July 4th. Also look ahead to state-by-state refusal guides. […]

A fun graduation song

A music educator gives a nice presentation via song at the graduation ceremony for Williamsville East High School in suburban Western New York. Please bear with the video, the first part is a little blurry.  Song starts around one minute mark. Lyrics: Is it an A, or a B, or a C, or a D? […]

Chiefs for Change Angered by Duncan’s Temporary Flirt with Sanity

As pressure mounts from parents, students, educators, and admininstrators against high stakes testing and Common Core Corporate Standards, Team Obama has finally blinked.  ED will offer a one year reprieve to those 37 states formerly bribed with RTTT money to adopt the CC and teacher eval based on Common Core national tests. Such a move […]

Guest Post: Why My Family is Boycotting the State Field Tests

I previously wrote about the NY State Field Tests, in which unsuspecting students have their learning time hijacked so they can do free research for Pear$on. This piece, from a fellow member of NYC-based Change the Stakes, was originally published on Schoolbook. Why My Family is Boycotting the State Field Tests by Jinnie Spiegler There […]


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