Testing Protest Falls Flat

Testing Protest Falls Flat

Today's news: Testing critics found parents of only about 500 students who would opt out of testing this year, according to news accounts from a press event yesterday. The UofC's Lab School is getting $25M from George Lucas and others. The proposed Orange School has hit another set of obstacles to opening on the North Side. Plus national news and coverage from other cities.

OPTING OUT

Hundreds of CPS students refuse to take annual test: parents’ group Sun Times: Hundreds of CPS students from 25 schools are refusing to take their annual state achievement test next week, according to a group opposed to some standardized tests.

Parent groups push ISAT boycott in CPS CLTV: About 500 students at 29 schools will not be taking the tests, which are set to start next week. The parents protesting the test, say they would rather students have two weeks of learning instead.

Parent groups push ISAT boycott in CPS Tribune: A coalition of Chicago Public Schools parent groups is calling for students to skip the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, which is being replaced this year by another test as a key element for promotions and eligibility for elite schools.

ARTS

Arts education ratings Catalyst: Overall, one-third of schools were given an “Incomplete Data” rating, taking them out of the running for arts funding or for arts education grants that will be announced later this year. The schools were rated “incomplete” because they did not have an arts liaison in place or failed to complete a district survey on arts offerings.

George Lucas, Mellody Hobson donate $25M to U. of C. Lab Schools Tribune: Chicago investment executive Mellody Hobson and her husband, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, are donating $25 million to the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools to support the construction of an arts building.

Orange School Drops Plan to Open Arts-Focused Charter on North Side DNA Info: The school had been approved and was considering opening within Gale Elementary School in Rogers Park.

UNION

Keynote speaker addresses fight for public education Vidette Online: During her speech on Chicago Public Schools, Karen Lewis discussed issues in reform, charter schools and public education. and the value of public school teachers.

CNN's 'Chicagoland' no puff piece or ground breaker in first peek: Brown Sun-Times: Probably more problematic for Emanuel is that the early episodes of “Chicagoland” often portray him in sharp conflict with the city's African-American community — from Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis calling him “the murder mayor” to ...

How to Jumpstart Your Union CounterPunch: It details the successful 2010 strike by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), starting with the formation of CORE (Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators) back in 2008 when they had only 22 members

MISC

How the Noble charter network connected with Chicago's business elite Crain's Chicago Business: It was 2006 and Mr. Manderschied was president of the Noble Network of Charter Schools. He met with Mr. Rauner, then chairman of Chicago private-equity firm GTCR LLC, in a living room-like suite at the firm's Sears Tower office.

Chicago area's wealthy districts likely losers in funding plan Tribune: Eliminating a separate chunk of money — called a block grant — that is earmarked for Chicago Public Schools for certain programs. Instead, CPS would get money for those programs, the same as others, through the new formula.

OTHER CITIES

Newark Schools Chief Wants Teacher Performance Included in Layoff Criteria WNYC: In an unprecedented move, Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson has asked Christie administration to waive seniority rules that dictate how planned teacher layoffs in the state-run district are to be conducted.

UFT wants city to reconsider Teaching Fellows program ChalkbeatNY: While 18 percent of education school graduates called their training “poor” or “fair,” that figure was nearly 50 percent for Teaching Fellows. The Department of Education pays TNTP, a nonprofit group that also lobbies on teacher quality issues including in favor of evaluations that consider student test scores, to operate the Teaching Fellows program.

Kaya Henderson deserves support from D.C.’s elected leaders Washington Post (oped): This week the D.C. Council’s education committee plans to conduct a performance review of Chancellor Kaya Henderson. District residents might want to follow Henderson’s appearance before the council.

NATIONAL

Florida Releases 'Value Added' Data on Teachers TeacherBeat: Florida becomes the latest state to bow to a court's request that teacher value-added data be released to news outlets

Bilingual Education Ban May Be Overturned In California HuffPost: Prop 227 allows for parents to sign a waiver allowing their children be taught in another language, but Lara says few parents are aware of this. Furthermore, these exceptions may only be made for children who already speak English, are at least 10 years old or have special needs.

In rural Florida, Common Core brings big changes to classrooms Hechinger Report: The idea of ‘less is more’ has permeated West Defuniak Elementary since 2011. That’s when the school began to phase in the new Common Core standards with its youngest students.That’s led to big changes in this rural district.

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  • Oh the stupidity of some parents, 'It's a no-stakes test." LOL! This group of parent groups that wants to eliminate high stakes testing is boycotting because the test is no-stakes. I guess they really want wishy-washy-stakes-testing? No wonder the CTU is on board with this. No accountability. Time to get real, this is just a few parents who get some press coverage. In no way is it representative. The proof is that 500 total and 300 of these from one school. The true parents who do not seek press coverage are making the right call. Take the test and move onto the real issues

  • In reply to district299reader:

    "True parents"? C'mon, if subjecting your child to standardized testing is the measure of true parenting then Arne Duncan has a message for ya- "white suburban moms- your child isn’t as brilliant as you thought they were”. Tests prove it.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Well put 299 the only thing a test measures is the person who wrote it.
    I know a lot of suburban moms that cannot believe little joey died from that heroin overdose after all he got a 30 on his ACT. Or beautiful Jennifer taking up with that horrible gang banger. The real test is life
    itself and that one is unscripted.

  • A BIG F---YOU TO MORE THAN A SCORE, RAISE YOUR HAND, PURE AND CTU FOR THIS IDIOTIC ISAT DEBACLE. MORE THAN A SCORE IS HANDING OUT FLYER TO CHILDREN DURING LUNCH PERIODS TO DISCOURAGE THEM FROM TAKING THE ISAT. HOW DARE MORE THAN A SCORE CIRCUMVENT A PARENTS GUIDANCE WITH THEIR OWN CHILD. SHAME ON ALL THESE ORGANIZATIONS!!!!! IT IS A PARENTS CHOICE AND THESE ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD RESPECT THAT BOUNDARY. INSTEAD THEY ARE TRYING TO INFLUENCE THE STUDENTS. HOW DARE THESE FEW PARENTS INFRINGE ON MY PARENTING CHOICE. SHAME ON THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Hey daddy-o, easy on the caps lock and curse words. If you have instilled a love and appreciation for standardized testing, like all good parents should then I'm sure little Jeremy will resist the urge, and dutifully bubble in his test.

  • Some CPS parents call for boycott of state standardized test - FOX 32 News http://ht.ly/tZH63 via @ilraiseyourhand

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    THESE PARENTS ARE JEOPARDIZING THEIR CHILDREN'S LIVES BY BOYCOTTING THESE TESTS. HOW CAN WE JUSTIFY TELLING THEM THEY ARE TERRIBLE IF THEY DON'T ADMINISTER THE TEST DESIGNED TO TELL THEM THEY ARE TERRIBLE? I HATE CTU AND THEIR TINY GAGGLE OF NEGLIGENT PARENT SUPPORTERS.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Jeopardizing children’s lives?
    The ISAT is not being counted for anything except AYP, which most if not all schools will not make because of the NCLB which states that by 2014 all children (including ELL and Spec Ed) will meet or exceed the standards.
    The ISAT is not being used for promotion, not being used to grade the school, the principal, or the teachers. So why is CPS and the state spending money to administer and grade a test that is not important enough to use?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Hillarious reply. Obviously you are not the original all caps poster above SINCE I AM THAT PERSON. The point is that these to borrow your wording "tinly gaggle of negligent parent supporters" should not be circumventing parents. It is a parent choice and they should be ashamed of thier low ball tactics that lack integrity.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT THE ORIGINAL ALL CAPS POSTER. PROOF IS IN THE F---ING PUDDING. I THINK YOUR COMMITMENT TO STANDARDIZED TESTING AND HENCE TRUE PARENTING IS SPECIOUS AT BEST.

  • 4pm Press Conference: Saucedo Academy Teachers to Boycott ISAT | CORE http://ht.ly/tZHrb

  • this blog is getting sillier buy the minute

  • In reply to district299reader:

    It has been YEARS since District 299 Blog has been anything but a goof fest. Alex jumped the shark long ago when he went all Glen Beck. After that, all bets were off.

    I would like to see him return to his wild, provocative, yellow journalism of days yore. His Weekly World News-esque broadsides have been lacking as of late.

    That said, how much do they pay this guy to blog? I'm sure his trust fund is hefty, but still... I assume he receives a paycheck as well.

  • "These parents are jeopardizing their children's lives by boycotting" the standardized tests? You really need to get perspective and please while you're at it, ask your doctor to up your meds.

  • In reply to teachervoice:

    WE WILL LOSE TO CHINA IF WE DO NOT TEST AND STEM OUR CHILDREN. CTU HATES CHILDREN. THEY WANT US TO LOSE TO CHINA. UNIONS WILL KILL AMERICA. TFA, CHARTERS, COMMON CORE, AND STANDARDIZED TESTS ARE OUR ONLY HOPE AGAINST THE ASIAN THREAT.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    The above ALL CAPS post is one of the four or five greatest blog comments in the history of modern American blogging. I tip my hat to you sir or madam. May you continue your satirical posts.

  • In reply to loserboy:

    I'm thinking these posts are Rahm's frustrated id finding a way to communicate directly with the public.

  • I love the ISAT. Too bad they added the CC component last year so it didn't align with previous years' tests. Then they added more of that CC component to this year's, so the chances of meeting AYP are even less favorable. But I still love that part of the ISAT that's unchanged, sweet like Bosco chocolate syrup.

  • Testing

    My kids are terrible test takers just like their parents.By scores they should be slinging hash,and driving a big rig.but one is an attorney and the other one a accountant because no test measures guts,determination,ambition,and personality.they refused to be branded by a test written Princeton or a list kept in Chicago.they are achievers not bubble markers..

  • Is it just possible that CPS and ISBE are administering the ISATs, despite the fact that those tests don't count for anything significant this year, cannot be compared with last year's ISATs scores in any meaningful way, and deprive children of time that could be used for actual instruction, because the ALL POWERFUL PEARSON wouldn't like it if they didn't???? There is all that money at stake, after all. Who cares about the kids or the taxpayers? Pearson is taking over education, and it isn't to the benefit of children or the benefit of this country. And now they will be deciding who does or doesn't become a teacher. Really??? We really have to take back the reins. Or is that reigns?

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