"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Friday, August 24, 2012

Letter from NY Administrator, Carol Burris

Dear friends,

Exciting things are beginning to happen. Parents realize that their children's test scores should not be used for reasons other than guiding  learning.  They also realize that because of other purposes, like APPR, their sons and daughters are sitting for more tests which are becoming longer and longer.  The costs are enormous at a time of shrinking budgets, and student data is being collected at very detailed levels. Tax dollars and learning time are being wasted.  I wrote about what is going on here:

Would you take the time to forward the link to the above article to friends?  Ask them to hit 'favorite'  at the end so that it appears on their Facebook page and their friends can read about it too. Some courageous PTAs up north are working on a resolution.  More to come! Together we can make a difference  and move our schools to emotionally safe places that put learning in the forefront. 
Read how a judge in Florida rejected how the state intended to use VAM scores after two teachers stood up http://dianeravitch.net/2012/08/24/judge-invalidates-florida-evaluations/

Please be sure to ask others to sign onto the principals' letter in opposition to the evaluation of teachers by test scores. http://www.newyorkprincipals.org/support-the-paper When they do, we are able to reach out to more New Yorkers with our updates. Thank you for taking the time to read this.  


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