Posts in category "When Washington Attacks"

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...

Payton Not A Diversity Model, Says Estvan

Payton Not A Diversity Model, Says Estvan
In response to yesterday's NYT oped from Rick Kahlenberg touting the Chicago model of income-based diversity enhancement, longtime Chicago special education advocate Rod Estvan wrote the following rebuttal suggesting that Chicago's results from the Kahlenberg plan (for Walter Payton in particular) haven't been all that good -- the percentage of students from low-income families has actually gone down from a decade ago. "Payton’s admission system which is in part based on census tracts is being advantaged by the middle class and even wealthier families who live in enclaves within overall poorer community census tracts."  What do you think? See the full Estvan response below the fold...

CA Tenure Case, Common Core Delay?

CA Tenure Case, Common Core Delay?
There's lots of CPS news today - it's the last week of classes, right? -- but the big education news is national -- a California judge's decision in the Vergara case ruling that some aspects of teacher tenure and LIFO are discriminatory and the Gates Foundation's announcement that it supports a two-year moratorium on high-stakes uses of Common Core results -- which Arne Duncan and the state chiefs don't necessarily think is a good idea. Will the Vergara decision affect other states like Illinois? Ditto re a Common Core delay...
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Here Come School-Level PISA Scores!?

Here Come School-Level PISA Scores!?
For over a decade now, PISA scores have allowed international comparisons of student achievement but that was about it.  One nation could be compared to the other, or at best subnations like Shanghai could (controversially) be compared.  More recently, however, individual US states have started signing up for their own PISA scores — FL, MA,... Read more »

A School Named Obama!?

A School Named Obama!?
Mayor Emanuel announced plans to build a new $60 million school named after the current President, using TIF funding.  But not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. What do you think? For starters, there are already lots of schools named after Obama, and some of them aren’t particularly high-performing ones.  An informal and entirely unconfirmed... Read more »

Where's The Real Divide?

Where's The Real Divide?
Slate’s Matt Yglesias says that the real divide among Democrats isn’t populism (like Dan Balz and Philip Rucker have argued when looking at bank regulations and tax rates) but rather education reform (Divided Democrats). “If you want to look at a really significant ideological divide among Democrats, you should look at education” where, among other things,... Read more »
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Chicago Ranks Right Where It Should (Right?)

Chicago Ranks Right Where It Should (Right?)
The Hechinger Report’s Jill Barshay notes that some big cities did better than others despite student poverty on the just-released test results showing how urban school districts compare to each other and to statewide averages. Generally, poverty and score rankings matched up. Chicago ranks 13th out of the 21 cities in its 4th grade math... Read more »

Computer Science For Everyone!?

Computer Science For Everyone!?
There’s a big national push to get US kids to learn how to code computer programs going on, as you may have noticed (see Google News roundup here).  And apparently MRE thinks that CPS should join in.  Or at least so sayeth the Tribune and Sun Times.  What do you think?  Excited? Fearful? A little... Read more »

Relocations, Pensions, Lunch

Relocations, Pensions, Lunch
Welcome back! CPS is going to relocate two schools (Urban Prep and Frazier Prep), pension reform of some kind is happening -- maybe, and WBEZ and NYT stories about new lunches and greening of schools. Meanwhile, 15 states have applied to do less testing this spring, NYC charters might have to pay rent for co-locations, and the Common Core debate continues to flare up all over the place...
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Done Right, Merit Pay Works

Done Right, Merit Pay Works
Today's news: A new randomized multi-district study of merit pay shows it works when done right. CPS gets credit for its treatment of SPED students. Application deadlines for many schools are soon (December 13). There was a fire at LPHS in the science lab. New York City debates testing as it gets a new mayor.  Chilling details about the Newtown shooter, but no explanation why he targeted the school...