ISAT Wednesday

ISAT Wednesday

Today's news: ISATs begin. Teachers teach. Curie falls. Commenters comment (pro and mostly con on testing). Elsewhere: Cuomo and De Blasio face off over charter schools in NY. TFA announces pilot effort to expand training period.


CPS administers ISAT after talks of boycott Tribune: Some Chicago Public Schools parents continued to complain Tuesday about how the district is administering the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, but officials reported no major disruptions at schools as the multi-day exam got underway.

As a Test Gets Phased Out In Chicago, Some Boycott Its Final Year NPR: In Chicago, a boycott has begun to protest the extent of standardized testing. Parents and teachers are saying that a recent test is useless, so hundreds are opting out or refusing to administer it. See also Catalyst

CPS teachers hold line in ISAT boycott ABC7: "We think these teachers are taking a principled stand on this issue and we think it's somewhat courageous and they should be supported," Jesse Sharkey, Chicago Teachers Union vice president, said.

Teachers who boycotted ISAT allowed to remain in classrooms Sun Times: More than 20 teachers at Maria Saucedo Elementary Scholastic Academy in the Little Village neighborhood who refused to give the test were allowed to teach students who opted not to take the Illinois Standards Achievement Test.

Teachers & Parents Boycott ISAT Test Chicago Tonight: The majority of Chicago Public Schools students in 3rd-8th grade are taking the ISAT test this week, though parent groups who oppose the test say the number of students who have opted out of the test continues to rise. Elizabeth Brackett reports. Watch a web extra video interview with Sarah Chambers, a teacher at Saucedo Scholastic Academy.

Chicago teachers boycott standardized tests Al Jazeera America: The test was reportedly given to students, although it was unclear which faculty members distributed them.


Photos: Chicago's endangered buildings Crain's Chicago Business:  A Catholic church, a theater and one of the nearly 50 schools closed by Chicago Public Schools last year are among the most endangered buildings in the city, a local preservation group said today.

Death of Hitch Elementary Principal a 'Devastating' Loss DNA Info: Deborah "Debby" Reese died of cancer, several weeks after taking a medical leave of absence.

Curie prep team falls in playoffs hours after coach, team reinstated CLTV: Curie, which entered the tournament officially 0-25 yet the No. 1 seed in the Marist Sectional, played without brothers Joseph and Joshua Stamps, who were rumored to have been among the ineligible students identified in a CPS investigation. Star power forward Cliff Alexander fouled out in the fourth quarter, and Curie could not overcome a hot DuSable team in overtime.


Cuomo Vows to Defend Charter Schools, Setting Up Another Battle With de Blasio NYT: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, at a rally in Albany, offered a sharply different vision for charter schools than Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has vowed to slow the growth of such schools. See also WNYCChalkbeatNY

De Blasio and Builder of Charter School Empire Do Battle NYT: Eva S. Moskowitz, who built a chain of charter schools during the Bloomberg administration, saw plans for three more canceled by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Obama announces budget at D.C.’s Powell Elementary WP: President Obama announced his fiscal 2015 budget on Tuesday morning at Powell Elementary in the District’s Petworth neighborhood, highlighting the school’s early childhood education program as a model for the nation. See also HuffPost

Viral Post Draws Attention to Plight at a Brooklyn School NYT: A parent’s protest on the website Humans of New York was widely shared, drawing attention to students without a much-needed foreign language teacher. See also ChalkbeatNY


Should Kindergarteners Stop Finger Painting And Start Learning French? NPR: Teachers and parents are wondering how early is too early to focus on academics in school. This week's parenting panel looks how the classroom is changing for young children.

Can Playing Minecraft Teach Kids To Code? NPR: While young Minecraft players are building virtual castles or protecting themselves from monsters, they could also be learning about technology. Tell Me More looks at lessons from the game.

How a High Schooler Turned Multiple Sclerosis Into an Athletic Advantage Atlantic Wire: 18-year-old Kayla Montgomery is one of the best runners in the country. She also suffers from multiple sclerosis. Those two facts are not unrelated. Montgomery's story is a fascinating look at how a medical issue can become an advantage in sports.

Worker takes fake bomb to New Mexico school AP:A southern New Mexico school district says it'll be taking disciplinary action against an employee who took a fake bomb to an elementary school for training purposes, leading to an evacuation of the school....


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  • Saucedo parent complains about heavy handed tactics that teachers and CTU are using against her in this WTTW segment

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Wow! Just wow. I thought the teachers took a vote amongst themselves and did not try to blatantly influence the students. If the teachers were telling the students that they should not take the test, handing out flyers and sending text messages, then they should be fired. The teachers have absolutely no right to come between a parent and their child. What a terrible thing for the students and parents to endure. This is a dangerous precedent for teachers to take. If this is allowed, then what is next?

  • pro-testing parent in the sun times article won't give a name -- i wonder why?

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Maybe the parent is worried about another CTU kneecapping. The evil these teachers practice knows no bounds. They hate children AND parents.

  • Take a peek at the Teach for America threads at Fascinating.

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