Diane Ravitch: Why all parents should opt their kids out of high-stakes standardized tests

The Network for Public Education, a nonprofit education advocacy group co-founded by historian Diane Ravitch, is calling for a national “opt out” of high-stakes standardized testing, urging parents across the country to refuse to allow their children to participate in this spring’s testing.

New York is in for a sea change in education policy. Here’s what and why.

Something big has happened in New York, something potentially huge. A new education chancellor was named, and, on April 1, a new direction for public schools could start to be forged. In this post, Carol Burris, a former New York high school principal who is now executive director of the nonprofit Network for Public Education, introduces you to the new chancellor and analyzes the legacy of the one who is soon departing.

Opt-out movement heats up as tests approach

A great deal has changed — on paper, at least — since this time last year, when hundreds of thousands of New York students refused to take state math and English exams. MaryEllen Elia, the new state education commissioner, has shown a greater willingness to listen to complaints about the tests than her predecessor, John King.

New Regents Chancellor Expresses Doubt on Worth of Current Standardized Tests

The newly elected Chancellor to the Board of Regents,  Betty Rosa , expressed grave doubts about the state’s present implementation of standardized tests in the schools, saying if she were not on the Board of Regents, she would join the opt out movement and not permit her children to take the tests.

Time for Congress to Probe Bill Gates’ Education Coup

The story about Bill Gates’ swift and silent takeover of American education is startling. His role and the role of the U.S. Department of Education in drafting and imposing the Common Core standards on almost every state should be investigated by Congress. The idea that the richest man in America can purchase and–working closely with the U.S. Department of Education–impose new and untested academic standards on the nation’s public schools is a national scandal. A Congressional investigation is warranted.

Why the new education secretary is a lightning rod

A look at the home page of the U.S. Education Department confirms that Arne Duncan, education secretary for the past seven years, is officially gone and his successor, John B. King, Jr. is now in charge. But King, who joined the department in early 2015 as “senior advisor delegated duties of deputy secretary of education” does not have the same exact title as Duncan. King is “acting education secretary” — and there are important reasons for that.

Teachers receive apology as acting Education chief notes climate of blame

In his first major speech, acting Secretary of Education John King apologized to the nation's teachers. Speaking to a small group of teachers, students and local politicians here last month, just three weeks after taking over the post, King admitted the nation's education debate during the past few years has been “characterized by more heat than light,” and that despite reformers' best intentions, “teachers and principals, at times, have felt attacked and unfairly blamed for the challenges our nation faces.”

New York’s opt-out movement aims to influence policy, not just parents

After making a splash last year, leaders of New York’s opt-out movement want their campaign to be more than a short-lived protest — and they’re taking bold steps to sustain its impact. Last year, one in five students refused state tests amid widespread criticism of the state’s testing program. Now, the group leading that charge is endorsing candidates to serve on New York’s education policy-making body and has suggested changes to its bylaws — steps that are virtually unprecedented for outside groups.

Opt-out leaders to New York: Your testing changes don’t appease us

The parents who organized a record-breaking boycott of state tests last year say the commissioner’s latest effort to alter state tests is not nearly enough. In response to widespread criticism of state assessments, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia last week announced several changes to the state’s testing program. Those changes include giving more educators a role in drafting tests and reducing test pressure and length— key goals of the “opt-out” movement — by reducing the number of questions and letting students take as long as they need to finish.

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RTA Crime Victims Assistance Committee

2016  Workshop Series

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All RTA members are welcome to attend.  Light refreshments are provided. 

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After negotiating the most recent contract, we are preparing to negotiate with the District a new agreement on APPR and on Receivership Schools. We will also continue bargaining, through the Living Contract process, the issues that remain unresolved through the just concluded formal negotiations. Meanwhile, here's an update on some other matters.

  1. Salary Increases

  2. Length of School Day

  3. Lack of Substitutes

  4. Assaults on Teachers

  5. Mayor’s Proposal


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Rochester teachers, members of RTA,

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Monday, May 30, 2016

10:30 a.m.

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Teachers Appreciation Night  Friday, May 6

Rochester Rhinos vs. Charleston Battery @ 7:05 p.m.

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