Should CPS Sit Out The Common Core Assessment?

Should CPS Sit Out The Common Core Assessment?

Happy Friday! The CPS effort to get out of administering Common Core assessments this year, while unlikely to prevail, is making national news.  So it looks like CPS kids will have to take NWEA, ACT, and Common Core assessments this spring. Yay? Boo? Meantime, NY Governor Cuomo has disavowed the standards and endorsed a five-year delay in using any results -- a sop to critics and teachers who oppose them as he approaches his re-election day. (The state teachers union isn't endorsing Cuomo or his challengers.) All this and more below the fold.  What do you think?

OVERTESTING

Common Core revolt goes local Politico: School districts from New Hampshire to Oregon are revolting against the coming Common Core tests. Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett this week announced she did not want students in the nation's third-largest district to take the federally funded PARCC exam, which will debut next spring in 11 states, including Illinois.

Chicago School Boss Wants Out Of Common Core Test Daily Caller: The head of Chicago's public schools says that she wants to slam the brakes on Common Core-aligned standardized tests immediately, even though state officials have already tried to tell her that's simply not possible.

Chicago District Wants One-Year Delay of PARCC Test District Dossier: Students have been taking tests developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association and ACT— which the district says are also common-core-aligned—for the last several years. Byrd-Bennett said that, while delaying full implementation, she'd like to expand field-testing to more students this spring. Last year, 10 Chicago schools participated in PARCC field-testing.

MISC

92,000 arrested in U.S. schools. Chicago leads in filling school-to-jail pipeline. Mike Klonsky: In Chicago, police were called at a rate of nearly 18 cases for every 1,000 students, while New York City’s rate was 8 per 1,000 students and numbers in Los Angeles were 6 per 1,000.

Rahm Emanuel shows Chicago his warm and fuzzy side in public nterview Examiner.com: Jointly authoring an article with Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, for the Chicago Sun-Times, in late summer, they wrote: “We know that the early years are the most important for learning.

At panel on school closings, board acknowledges more planning needed Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Public Schools still has too many schools for the number of children who live in the district and should plan better when opening new charters to avoid being “highly hypocritical,” said one of the school board members who voted to shutter 50...

The Chicago Board of Education fails the Southwest side Ray Salazar: The decision to make Hancock 50% Selective Enrollment is made.  Your vote today is the culmination of undisclosed district conversations that excluded Southwest side community voices.

NATIONAL

NY State to Review Schools' Immigration Compliance AP: New York officials ordered a statewide review Thursday of public school compliance with enrollment policies for unaccompanied minors and immigrant children following reports that several dozen children who had recently arrived from Central America were not admitted to a Long Island high school.

Second immigration wave lifts diversity to record high USA Today: Small metro areas such as Lumberton, N.C., and Yakima, Wash., and even remote towns and counties — such as Finney County, Kan., or Buena Vista County, Iowa — have seen a stunning surge in immigrants, making those places far more diverse.

Ed. Department Teacher Prep Regulations Delayed (Again) PK12: Rumors have it that the U.S. Department of Education was set to release new proposed regulations this week requiring teacher-preparation programs to do a better job identifying weak programs. But they have yet to appear in the Federal Register. Earlier this year, the White House promised we'd see new regulations, which have been overdue since 2012, by summer. So what gives?

The Secret Lives Of Teachers NPR: Many people remember it vividly: the disorienting feeling of encountering your teacher in the grocery store, or in the line at McDonald's, talking and acting just like other grownups.

Site work starts for new Sandy Hook School AP: Site work has begun for construction of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School replacing the building in Connecticut where 20 children and six staff members were fatally shot nearly two years ago....

OTHER CITIES

Despite History, N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Says: 'I Have Nothing to Do With Common Core' State EdWatch: Although he's previously stressed the importance of the common core, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in an Oct. 22 debate: "I have nothing to do with common core." See also:  NY TimesBuffalo NewsThe Post-Standard.

Charters plan for future growth outside state EdSource Today: Most of the $27 million in federal grants that four California-based charter school organizations received this month to expand their operations will go toward growing schools in out-of state markets.

Charter School Study Finds High Teacher Pay Helps Students WSJ: A small New York City charter school opened five years ago with an attention-grabbing premise: Paying teachers $125,000 salaries would lure ace faculty and help poor children learn.

New downtown L.A. boarding school aims to enhance culture, education LA Times: The elevator doors slide open on the 11th Floor, and Annie Chau, 14, walks down a plush carpeted hallway, a backpack slung over her shoulder.

Garfield students, staff stage walkout over loss of a teacher Seattle Times: Students and teachers walked out of class at Garfield High School Thursday to protest a staff reshuffling that could leave the school with one less teacher. The district says Garfield did not meet its expected enrollment this year, and the teacher is needed elsewhere.

New trial denied in Newark schoolyard slayings AP: A judge has rejected an attempt by a man to overturn his conviction of killing three friends in a Newark, New Jersey, schoolyard....

D.C. mayoral candidates sound off on future of charter and traditional schools WashPost: D.C. mayoral candidates faced a math problem of sorts Wednesday night at the campaign’s only major forum devoted to education: In 1966, the District had about 147,000 students in 196 schools. Now, there are 86,000 students in 213 neighborhood and charter school buildings, yet the city continues to open charter schools.

Advocates Crave Word from Mayor on Expanding Breakfast in Schools WNYC: All public schools serve free breakfasts in their cafeterias before the start of class, but the advocates said only about 224,000 students actually eat the meals. That puts the city dead last In breakfast participation rates among 63 large U.S. districts including Chicago, Los Angeles and Newark, which also enable kids to eat in their classrooms.

Hazing Ends Team’s Season NYT: The Central Bucks School District in suburban Philadelphia on Thursday canceled the football team’s season at West High School and suspended its coaches after reports of hazing.

Why did no one flag UNC’s bogus classes? PBS NewsHour: Yesterday, an independent investigator provided the most detailed look yet at academic fraud that lasted for nearly two decades and included bogus classes where students didn’t even need to show up. Earlier this year, the HBO program Real Sports examined what was happening there.

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    To learn why CC is not good for our students or our country from a pedagogical view watch this 54 minute teacher created video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w4xD7nzLD8&feature=youtu.be
    This is probably the best and most thoroughly researched anti-Common Core presentation to date.

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