How Disruptive Are Testing Window Days, Really?

How Disruptive Are Testing Window Days, Really?

As you probably already know, CPS has decided that everyone's going to take the Common Core assessment starting next week -- using pencil and paper, according to CNET.  Meanwhile, testing delays have thrown things off in South Florida and a few other places. Wendy Kattan says that all but two weeks for the rest of of the school year are taken up with "disruptive" testing, but that seems like an overstatement, no? I've been in lots of schools during testing windows and it hasn't always been even observable except for the signs on the computer lab window. Thoughts on this, anyone?

RUNOFF

Emanuel says Rauner taking 'buzzsaw' to public safety, health and education programs Chicago Sun-Times: The financially strapped Chicago Public Schools would take an $80 million hit and suffer a $10 million reduction to an expanded Safe Passage.. .

Chuy Garcia Says His Little Village Block Helps Him 'Keep It Real' DNAinfo: Mayoral Candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia's Little Village house is across the street from an abandoned bungalow tagged with gang graffiti and a...  Ploy or not, Chicago has to administer exam Capitol Fax: The CS-T report above could be right about this being a political ploy which was only designed to be played out through the first round, which Rahm was supposed to win… and didn’t. Oops.

COMMON CORE

Chicago ends standoff, agrees to give new state test WBEZ: Indeed, there are just three weeks between now and the end of the school year when CPS will not be giving some kind of standardized test. One of those weeks is spring break. Of course, not all students will have to take all of the tests and not all students are taking the test every day. But, Katten said, it’s still disruptive to the school environment. See also District DossierCrain'sCLTVWTTW.

Chicago schools opt for paper and pencil over online tests CNET: Chicago isn't the only place where students use the rudimentary version of testing. In Louisiana everyone uses pencil and paper because the technology isn't yet fully in place. In New Jersey, 2015 is the last year in which schools will use pencil and

New Assessment Tests Canceled In Dade & Broward For Tuesday CBS Miami:  While some schools were not able to log into the online system, others that were able to access the system found that it worked so slowly that it was very difficult to proceed. See also FSA News: FSA Writing Test Postponed Amid Technical Issues | Sunshine State News;The Blaze: Test Based on Common Core Standards Sees Tech Glitches, Protests,

ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD

LAUSD board president outpacing challengers in finances, endorsements KPCC: He did not get the endorsement of UTLA, the teachers union, which did not throw its support behind any candidate in the District 7 race.[But] the California School Employees Association, Service Employees International Union and the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles have all endorsed Vladovic. Vladovic has also won endorsement from the California Charter Schools Association,which advocates for charter school expansion. See also LA School Report.

ADMISSIONS

CPS Blames Incomplete Forms for Tossed Selective-Enrollment Applications DNAinfo: Some Chicago parents will meet with Chicago Public Schools officials after their children's applications to the city's selective-enrollment schools were deemed "incomplete" by the district.

OTHER PLACES

Pennsylvania Governor Appoints New Head of Philly School Commission District Dossier: The move comes nearly two weeks after the commission approved five of 39 applications for new charter schools. The governor wanted all the applications denied.

Hundreds attend rally to 'Call Out Cuomo' in Massena North Country Now: Hundreds of people attended a Saturday afternoon "Call Out Cuomo" educational rally at Massena High School. About a dozen speakers, including American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, stood onstage... See also Capital New York: Charter, union messaging creates New York echo chamber.

Ex-Atlanta School Superintendent, Charged In Cheating Case, Dies At 68 NPR: In 2009, Beverly Hall was named national superintendent of the year largely based on her district's improved standardized test scores. But those scores soon came under scrutiny. See also NYTAPDistrict DossierAJC.

Decision in ‘free-range’ case does not end debate about parenting and safety WAMU: The Maryland parents who let their children walk home from a park in Silver Spring were found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect in a decision that has not fully resolved their clash with authorities over their views on parenting and children’s safety.

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