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

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“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.” http://on.rocne.ws/t2WxP8

Leading With Integrity in a Dysfunctonal Education System (interview @ BAMradionetwork)

October 26, 2011

Baltimore Supt. Andres Alonso and I discuss Cheating
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‘Unprepared’ City Grads Pack CUNY’s Remediation Rolls by Susan Edelman @NYPost

October 23, 2011

“giving out credits like candy” by the #NYCDOE; cost shifting from City to State http://nyp.st/nWaZLh


@NYPOST #CreditRecovery EDITORIAL: Cheaters Sometimes Win

October 17, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg likes to boast of the “gains” made in city schools during his tenure, but  the test scores and graduation rates he cites have long been suspect.

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Sheesh! It’s nothing more than — as one expert termed it — “approved  cheating.”

“This is simply a phony process for getting kids undeserved credits,” says  Brooklyn College education professor David Bloomfield. It makes a mockery of “real learning and subject mastery.”

Read more: http://nyp.st/qs2PsK

Critical of New York State / New York City High School Credit Recovery Policies

October 10, 2011

In this NY Post article by Susan Edelman, I call NYS/NYC credit recovery policies “approved cheating” and “a phony process for getting undeserved credits”; making a mockery of “real learning and subject mastery.” http://nyp.st/riSXf9

Research Calls Data-Driven Education Reforms Into Question

July 8, 2011

@HuffingtonPost.com/Education, Posted on June 27,  2011:  http://huff.to/iYT39D

Appeal of Espinet (No. 16,212): Standard for School Co-Locations

April 4, 2011
The Commissioner’s Decision in Espinet (No. 16,212) demonstrates the importance of the Mulgrew case in establishing a strict standard for EIS specificity. At the same time, the Decision permits lax adherence to fair public notice and hearing standards by the DOE. Co-locations will be less attractive to charter students but remain financially advantageous for charter school operators.
NY Daily News:
Commissioner’s Decision in Appeal of Espinet (No. 16,212; March 31, 2011):
Mulgrew v. Board of Education: http://scr.bi/fPRF40; http://bit.ly/i2RdL1

Successful Effort to Terminate a Tenured Teacher – Expert Testimony

March 16, 2011

Teacher tenure is not a guarantee of a lifetime job.  As demonstrated by this recent decision (link below) in a termination proceeding for which I provided expert testimony, inappropriate conduct by a tenured teacher can result in termination where school and district administrators act decisively, as they should.

Bloomfield – Expert Testimony -Teacher Termination