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Pleas for more time to get CCSS right

The state’s Educators Common Core Implementation Task Force is expected to approve final recommendations this afternoon and then forward them to Governor Dannel P. Malloy. The group is working to improve implementation of the CCSS across the state. The education community is hopeful that the recommendations will address issues teachers have brought to the forefront, including the amount of time, support and materials, and professional learning and training opportunities available to them.

Many have spoken out about the rollout needing more time, and today the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined the chorus. The Foundation called for a two-year moratorium on states’ making decisions based on tests aligned with the new standards.

The National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers’ union, welcomed the Gates Foundation’s letter on the standards. “We absolutely need more time not only in using them in high-stakes decisions about teachers, but in using them in high-stakes decisions about students, too,” said Becky Pringle, secretary-treasurer of the association.

Read today’s NY Times story Delay Urged on Actions Tied to Tests by Schools.

 

2 Comments
  1. Linda #

    Why is Gates even involved in this decision? Who elected him to take charge and run the USDOE? Why do we defer to him? I don’t care what Bill Gates thinks. He is a monopolist, a college drop out and a bloviating billionaire who needs a new hobby. He is destroying our profession.

    Here is a statement in the NY Times article from Diane Ravitch in reference to his grand decision.

    What are we delaying exactly? The death of public schools and our profession?

    From Diane:

    This afternoon, on one of my rare outings while I recuperate from surgery, I was sitting in the car outside the fish market, when I got an email from reporter Motoko Rich of the Times. She asked what I thought of the moratorium. This is the last quote in the story:

    “Some critics of the standards and testing said that a moratorium was not enough.

    “If the sanctions and punishments tied to test scores are wrong now — promoting teaching to the test, narrowing the curriculum, cheating, and gaming the system — the sanctions and punishments will still be wrong two years from now,” Diane Ravitch, an education historian and critic of standardized testing in schools, wrote in an email. “The opposition to high-stakes testing will not go away.”

    June 11, 2014
  2. Linda #

    Why haven’t you posted my comment:

    Why is Gates even involved in this decision? Who elected him to take charge and run the USDOE? Why do we defer to him? I don’t care what Bill Gates thinks. He is a monopolist, a college drop out and a bloviating billionaire who needs a new hobby. He is destroying our profession.

    Here is a statement in the NY Times article from Diane Ravitch in reference to his grand decision.

    What are we delaying exactly? The death of public schools and our profession?

    From Diane:
    This afternoon, on one of my rare outings while I recuperate from surgery, I was sitting in the car outside the fish market, when I got an email from reporter Motoko Rich of the Times. She asked what I thought of the moratorium. This is the last quote in the story:
    “Some critics of the standards and testing said that a moratorium was not enough.
    “If the sanctions and punishments tied to test scores are wrong now — promoting teaching to the test, narrowing the curriculum, cheating, and gaming the system — the sanctions and punishments will still be wrong two years from now,” Diane Ravitch, an education historian and critic of standardized testing in schools, wrote in an email. “The opposition to high-stakes testing will not go away.”

    June 19, 2014

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