Today's news -- October 11, 2017

 

 

 

 

The costs of misusing test-based accountability in schools

In his new book, “The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better,” Daniel Koretz, a Harvard professor with a career studying educational testing, implores us to consider what decades of test-based accountability have done to U.S. public schools. His assessment isn’t pretty. Koretz describes an education system that has organized itself in almost every way to maximize test scores, often at the expense of the students it serves. Koretz sees the challenges that have emerged from today’s test-based accountability system as a textbook application of Campbell’s law. In essence, Campbell’s law suggests that the more we emphasize student test scores in accountability, the more we should expect two types of negative consequences: people who feel accountable for test scores doing things we don’t want them to do, and test scores becoming poor, inflated measures of what they were created to show. Researchers have documented evidence of each:

  • Inappropriate test preparation, including coaching students to receive misleadingly high scores and, with alarming frequency, unambiguous cheating.
  • Strategic manipulation of which students are tested and, of those tested, which students are most prioritized for accountability purposes (“bubble students”).
  • Reallocation of time between subjects, emphasizing subjects that are consequential in test-based accountability at the expense of those that are not; reallocation of time within subjects, emphasizing aspects of a subject that are heavily tested at the expense of those that are not.
  • Gains on high-stakes tests outpacing gains on low-stakes tests, suggesting that high-stakes tests overstate students’ true mastery of the tested domains.

The list goes on. For example, Koretz laments what an unrelenting focus on state tests has done to teaching itself. He argues that test score pressures render many kinds of desirable instruction an act of self-sacrifice by teachers, who know that the clearest path to better test scores typically doesn’t include the most dynamic, engaging lessons. In essence, we are placing too much emphasis on test scores, with too much pressure to make improbably large gains. As a result, many schools cut corners -- and the ones that don’t risk looking bad in comparison. Moreover, since we use the same tests for many conflicting purposes -- for example, holding teachers accountable and providing diagnostic information about student learning -- we undermine the tests’ ability to serve any of those purposes well. In sum, “The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better” provides a thoughtful, accessible critique of the most powerful force in U.S. education policy today: test-based accountability. I suspect it will leave many readers, as it left me, frustrated that we have the test-based accountability system we have today -- hampered by what seem, in hindsight, like such predictable and avoidable problems.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brown-center-chalkboard/2017/10/10/the-costs-of-misusing-test-based-accountability-in-schools/

 

Brevard teachers rally outside school board meeting for higher raise (Dan Bennett and Anthony Colucci quoted)
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/10/brevard-teachers-rally-outside-school-board-meeting-higher-raise/752023001/

http://www.wftv.com/news/local/teachers-union-says-1-percent-pay-increase-proposed-by-brevard-county-schools-not-enough/622653215

 

Madison comes to an agreement with teachers’ union (MCEA mentioned)
http://www.greenepublishing.com/school-board-district-comes-to-an-agreement-with-teachers-union/

 

Marion school board shoots down Charter Schools USA application (Chris Altobello quoted)

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171010/marion-school-board-shoots-down-charter-schools-usa-application

 

Central Florida's homeless students top 14,000

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-homeless-students-central-florida-20171006-story.html

 

300 Puerto Rican students enroll in Orange schools

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-orange-schools-puerto-rican-students-help-20171010-story.html

 

Florida PTA joins call for increased funding as schools take in hurricane refugees

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-pta-joins-call-for-increased-funding-as-schools-take-in-hurricane/2340540

 

Florida’s schools -- once integration’s great hope -- are resegregating

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/10/10/floridas-schools-once-integrations-great-hope-are-resegregating/?utm_term=.aa32810be7cf

 

The new insult DeVos is hurling at her critics

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/10/10/the-new-insult-betsy-devos-is-hurling-at-her-critics-and-why-it-matters/?utm_term=.302cba421010

 

The “parent trigger” flops in Louisiana

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/10/10/mercedes-schneider-the-parent-triggerflops-in-louisiana/

 

Oklahoma: Virtual charter posts high profits, low graduation rate, low test scores

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/10/11/oklahoma-virtual-charter-school-posts-high-profits-low-graduation-rate-low-test-scores-devos-loves-them/

 

No pay raises for FGCU faculty concerns union (Morgan Paine and Edwin Everham quoted)
http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2017/10/10/no-pay-raises-fgcu-faculty-concerns-union/749201001/

 

UF president to students: Shun white nationalist event

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171010/fuchs-urges-students-to-avoid-richard-spencer-speech

http://www.alligator.org/news/article_bc34aa28-ae09-11e7-bb4f-cf6ad0788cf9.html

 

Senate Democrats urge Scott to waive KidCare fees through November

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/10/senate-democrats-urge-governor-to-waive-kidcare-payments-through-november.html

 

Law would make “political beliefs” subject to hate-crime criteria

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-political-hate-speech-florida-gruters-scott-maxwell-20171010-story.html

 

SEIU highlights progressive proposals made to Constitutional Revision Commission

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/246461-seiu-highlights-progressive-proposals-made-crc

 

State extends deadline to apply for storm-related unemployment benefits

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article178021291.html

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-disaster-unemployment-extended-20171009-story.html

 

Hurricane is long gone but its visit may cost state for years to come

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/10/09/irma-long-gone-but-her-visit-may-cost-florida-years-come/747795001/

 

Senators eagerly waiting hard facts on how the power grid stood up to hurricane

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/246552-senators-eagerly-waiting-hard-facts-power-grid-stood-irma

 

PSC wants to know how FPL performed during hurricane

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/10/florida-public-service-commission-wants-know-how-fpl-performed-during-hurricane-irma/751533001/

 

Polluted stormwater pouring into St. Lucie River, Indian River Lagoon, beaches

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/indian-river-lagoon/health/2017/10/10/polluted-stormwater-pouring-into-st-lucie-river-indian-river-lagoon-florida-beaches/749161001/

 

People of the Everglades survive, thrive in wake of hurricane

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/2017/10/10/people-everglades-survive-thrive-wake-hurricane-irma/728221001/

 

Don’t get duped by insurance scams or you’ll fall victim to Irma again

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article178051066.html

 

Florida's orange crop at 76-year low crushed by hurricane https://www.agweb.com/article/floridas-orange-crop-at-76-year-low-crushed-by-hurricane-irma-blmg/

 

Storms leave lobster, stone crab seasons underwater

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/business/after-irma-storms-leave-lobsters-stone-crab-seasons-underwater/gil4nmKh3SAAoFxc8TaH7M/

 

Scott wants generators required at nursing homes

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/246572-rick-scott-generators-required

 

U.S. House to add $36.5 billion for hurricane relief, Puerto Rico aid

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-11/house-to-add-36-5-billion-for-hurricane-relief-puerto-rico-aid?utm_content=politics&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-politics

 

Puerto Rico: U.S. officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/11/puerto-rico-food-shortage-hurricane-maria?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=247529&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Puerto Rico’s economy at “a near standstill” as businesses wither, wait for power

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article178138206.html

 

Puerto Rico’s health care is in dire condition, three weeks after hurricane

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/us/puerto-rico-power-hospitals.html?emc=edit_cn_20171011&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Trump’s Puerto Rico video tells positive story but leaves a lot on cutting-room floor

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-puerto-rico-video-tells-positive-story-but-leaves-a-lot-on-cutting-room-floor/2017/10/10/b6b9d8bc-adf9-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.23d78544d933

 

Dark secrets of Florida juvenile justice

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article177883676.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article177889736.html?#emlnl=Afternoon_Newsletter&id=bWFyay5wdWRsb3dAZmxvcmlkYWVhLm9yZw==

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article177885221.html?#emlnl=Afternoon_Newsletter&id=bWFyay5wdWRsb3dAZmxvcmlkYWVhLm9yZw==

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article177887586.html?#emlnl=Afternoon_Newsletter&id=bWFyay5wdWRsb3dAZmxvcmlkYWVhLm9yZw==

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article177887231.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article177946631.html

 

Lawmakers hear grim tales of opioid epidemic

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171010/lawmakers-hear-grim-tales-of-opioid-epidemic

 

In designation speech, Oliva vows to stay the Corcoran course

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/10/10/in-designation-speech-oliva-vows-to-stay-the-corcoran-course-114966

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article178183131.html

 

Taddeo joins state Senate as first Hispanic Democratic woman elected to chamber

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article178039111.html

 

Trump urged by some to go on the attack against Mueller

https://apnews.com/8300b836369b470787d187f0a4b42d1b/Trump-urged-by-some-to-go-on-the-attack-against-Mueller

 

Page says he won’t testify before Senate Intelligence panel in Russia probe

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/10/carter-page-russia-probe-243648

 

Mueller can’t save us

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/robert-mueller-cant-save-us/2017/10/10/c0422a56-a9e9-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?utm_term=.5457b1da7d4d

 

How Israel caught Russian hackers scouring the world for U.S. secrets

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/technology/kaspersky-lab-israel-russia-hacking.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/israel-hacked-kaspersky-then-tipped-the-nsa-that-its-tools-had-been-breached/2017/10/10/d48ce774-aa95-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?utm_term=.4ecabe0e444e

 

For Republicans, “failure is not an option” on tax cuts

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/us/politics/for-republicans-tax-cuts.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171011&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Kansas tried a tax plan similar to Trump’s. It failed.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/us/politics/kansas-tried-a-tax-plan-similar-to-trumps-it-failed.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_cn_20171011&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump finally admits he benefits from his own tax plan

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-benefits-from-his-tax-plan-6d19e546067b/amp/

 

Supreme Court dismisses case against Trump’s expired travel ban

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-dismisses-case-against-trumps-expired-travel-ban/2017/10/10/2aef82d6-ad37-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html?utm_term=.95d379515721

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/us/politics/trump-supreme-court-travel-ban.html?emc=edit_th_20171011&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Once it looked like Trump might have some empathy. Not anymore.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/once-upon-a-time-it-looked-like-trump-might-have-some-empathy-not-anymore/2017/10/10/965d7166-ade8-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html?utm_term=.df753fc06b74

 

Children and fear in Trump’s America

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/opinion/deportation-children-trump-immigration.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171011&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=7&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Census 2020: How it’s supposed to work (and how it might go wrong)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/10/11/census-2020-how-its-supposed-to-work-and-how-it-might-go-terribly-wrong/?utm_term=.76e390876254

 

EPA’s Pruitt signs proposed rule to unravel Clean Power Plan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/epas-pruitt-signs-proposed-rule-to-unravel-clean-power-plan/2017/10/10/96c83d2c-add2-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html?utm_term=.b28bf5ac513b

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/climate/epa-pruitt-climate-rule.html?emc=edit_cn_20171011&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/10/climate/clean-power-plan-emissions-your-state.html?emc=edit_cn_20171011&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/climate/epa-clean-power-plan.html?emc=edit_cn_20171011&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump nails shut the coffin on climate relief

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/opinion/trump-coal-climate-emissions.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171011&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article178193601.html

 

Zinke’s travels: Ski resort and Alaskan steakhouse

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/10/zinke-trips-fundraisers-ski-resort-243651

 

Ethics chief “deeply concerned” about actions by top federal officials

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/us/politics/federal-ethics-boss-trump-concerned.html?emc=edit_cn_20171011&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/10/10/in-scolding-letter-ethics-chief-tells-agency-heads-to-ask-themselves-should-i-do-it-not-can-i-do-it/?utm_term=.df71f761700e

 

Trump wanted tenfold increase in nuclear arsenal, surprising military

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-wanted-dramatic-increase-nuclear-arsenal-meeting-military-leaders-n809701

 

The real problem with Trump’s foreign policy plans? He may not have any.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/the-real-problem-with-trumps-foreign-policy-plans-he-may-not-have-any/2017/10/10/d8085210-adf3-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html?utm_term=.351017e10920

 

Trump mocks Corker’s height, escalating feud with a key Republican

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/us/politics/trump-corker-feud-tweet-liddle-bob.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Trump misleadingly blames Corker for Iran deal

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/us/politics/trump-corker-iran-deal.html?emc=edit_cn_20171011&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Corker was channeling most GOP senators. You wouldn’t know it from their silence.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/corker-was-channeling-most-republican-senators-you-wouldnt-know-it-from-their-silence/2017/10/10/21258130-adda-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html?utm_term=.d38cc006d1e3

 

Trump’s bogus claim that paper set Corker up by recording his conversation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/10/10/trumps-bogus-claim-that-the-new-york-times-set-liddle-bob-corker-up-by-recording-his-conversation/?utm_term=.1dd0fff69081

 

Trump challenges Tillerson to an “IQ test.” The White House claims it was “a joke.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-challenges-tillerson-to-an-iq-test-the-white-house-claims-it-was-a-joke/2017/10/10/c58b505a-add1-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.3b3abbdad9cc

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/an-iq-test-for-president-trump/2017/10/10/c0e586d8-adef-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html?utm_term=.45347f0a235f

 

Trump wants to punish NFL by taking away tax exemption it gave up two years ago

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-tax-nfl-f40592574b55/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=59dd18b404d30157b4d9f987&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/us/politics/trump-nfl-jemele-hill.html?emc=edit_cn_20171011&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

For Trump, the reality show has never ended

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/us/politics/trump-corker-feud-tweet-liddle-bob.html?emc=edit_cn_20171011&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

The president’s self-destructive disruption

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/opinion/donald-trump-tradition-disruption.html?referer=https://www.google.com/

 

While Trump tweets, rights and protections are being eroded

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-while-trump-tweets-rights-and-protections-are-being-eroded/2340591?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

 

 

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