Category Archives: Common Core & Testing

Betsy DeVos said, ‘There isn’t really any Common Core any more.’ Um, yes, there is.

Read the full story from the Washington Post.

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The Opt-Out Movement

The ‘Opt Out’ Movement, as supporters are calling it, said taking these standardized tests are just a big waste of time. The purpose of these tests are so schools can properly evaluate how their teachers and students are performing, but … Continue reading

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Teacher Evaluations Video from WCNY with our own Rob Stalter

Teacher evaluations- How should good teaching be measured. Should student performance count? By how much? The link between student test scores and teacher evaluations was one reason behind last year’s opt-out movement in New York Schools. Can evaluations improve teaching? … Continue reading

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GTA Today Volume III

There’s information about the Opt Out Movement and more in the latest installment of the GTA TODAY LITE.

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Can You File a Growth Score Appeal?

Grades 4-8 ELA and Math teachers, please take note- The form, process, and FAQ are all available here. There is a deadline for submission: October 19, 2015.  

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Did you want to be a teacher but now do something else because the profession is under fire? | WHEC.com

Did you want to be a teacher but now do something else because the profession is under fire? | WHEC.com.

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Governor Cuomo Says State Tests Are “Meaningless,” So Why Should Students Do Their Best?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Andrew Cuomo doesn’t understand why students should opt out of state testing, because the tests won’t count against students. Instead, they will be used to rank and evaluate teachers. So, he wonders,…

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An Open Letter to Governor Cuomo: Re-think the Regs of APPR

Originally posted on Granted, and…:
Dear Governor Cuomo: I have my whole professional educational life been a supporter of teacher accountability. And, as you may know, I sided publicly with the findings in your recent report on the sham of…

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Governor Cuomo, put politics aside and put our kids first.

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How did your elected NYS Senators and Assemblymen and Assemblywomen vote?

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