Archive for November, 2011

Higher Standards, Lower Stakes

November 21, 2011
Release of New York City “Progress Reports” and a plethora of other news from around the country reveal the tough truth that high-stakes accountability fails to raise academic achievement. Indeed, it leads to watering down the very standards its advocates espouse, merely producing talking points that politicians and administrators use to claim success in reaching empty benchmarks. . . .

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Legal Basics for Education Leaders @BAMRadioNetwork with Holly Elissa Bruno

November 17, 2011

“More than 1 in 3 City Students Have Been Held Back” by Tiffany Lankes @Rochester Democratic & Chronicle

November 13, 2011

Those who repeat two grades have a near certain chance — 80 percent to 90 percent —  of never finishing high school. “The data on retention is clear that it’s  a marker for students who will eventually drop out,” said David  Bloomfield, a professor of education at Brooklyn College. “It’s the  obligation of educators to take students as they are rather than hold them back because they’re not at a certain level.”