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

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Perhaps We'd Rather Be in Philadelphia

from Ken Derstine:
The Philadelphia City Council has unanimously passed a resolution calling on the School Reform Commission to "analyze the financial and human impact of standardized testing, and to identify strategies to minimize its use, and to request a waiver of the Keystone Exams from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in order to adopt assessments that better serve local needs and priorities." http://goo.gl/wXWwv 

There is an important debate going on in the Philadelphia Public School Notebook after a supporter of standardized testing, who is concerned about the impact of opting out on a school , posted a column. Read the comments. 
The effect of student 'opt-outs' on schools

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