MOST DISCUSSED

New York School Superintendents: What Side Are You On?
Michael Hynes

Superintendent Hynes addresses his fellow NYS superintendents on the matter of the importance of standardized testing.  It should be addressed to ALL US superintendents.
https://dianeravitch.net/2016/10/14/michael-hynes-asks-for-support-of-his-fellow-superintendents-to-resist-reform/

Coding coming to B.C. schools
B.C. spending $2M on mandatory student coding curriculum
The Canadian Press

Keep a close eye on this.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/coding-education-school-computers-1.3631720

Privacy Concerns for ClassDojo and Other Tracking Apps for Schoolchildren

By NATASHA SINGER

Is this technology in your classroom?  How is it used?  Find out!

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/11/17/technology/privacy-concerns-for-classdojo-and-other-tracking-apps-for-schoolchildren.html?_r=1

HAL Wants To Pick Your Teacher
By Peter Greene

"If  you are a teacher, TeacherMatch will help you find work, and if you are a hiring department, TeacherMatch can perform flat out magic through the power of Predictive Analytics."  Greene rails on the idea that quality teachers can be found with a bubble test. 
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2016/05/hal-wants-to-pick-your-teacher.html?spref=tw

PARCC Released Items
Parcc releases 800+ test items.  And your time starts....now!

https://prc.parcconline.org/assessments/parcc-released-items

What’s At Risk When Schools Focus Too Much on Student Data?

​By Anya Kamenetz

“We literally have more data about our students than any company has about anybody else about anything. And it’s not even close.”

http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/06/07/whats-at-risk-when-schools-focus-too-much-on-student-data/

Problems with the Use of Student Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers

By Eva L. Baker, Paul E. Barton, Linda Darling-Hammond, Edward Haertel, Helen F. Ladd, Robert L. Linn, Diane Ravitch, Richard Rothstein, Richard J. Shavelson, and Lorrie A. Shepard

A scholarly brief arguing against the idea of using student test scores to evaluate teachers.

http://epi.3cdn.net/b9667271ee6c154195_t9m6iij8k.pdf?version=meter+at+null&module=meter-Links&pgtype=article&contentId&mediaId&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2F&priority=true&action=click&contentCollection=meter-links-click

Technology

PERSONALIZED LEARNING: WHAT DOES RESEARCH SAY ABOUT IT
​BY MATTHEW LYNCH

Is personalized learning just getting students more tech time?
http://www.theedadvocate.org/personalized-learning/

STILL More

Enlightening Links

Teachers Don’t Want All Of This Useless Data
​By Steven Singer

​A perspective from a teacher that argues the overuse and over-reliance of data in education.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/teachers-dont-want-all-this-useless-data_us_59638e73e4b0cf3c8e8d5a53?section=us_education&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000023

​Company says it can predict whether a teacher will be good — before entering a classroom

By Emma Brown

Company says it can predict  good teachers to hire 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-teacher-evaluation-20160525-story.html

Three global indexes show that U.S. public schools must be doing something right

By Valerie Strauss

How much stress do you put on test scores?  How much emphasis does your school put on test scores?  More importantly, what are top executives that will eventually be hiring your kids looking for in their education and skills?  Hint:  it's not test scores. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/02/13/three-global-indexes-show-that-u-s-public-schools-must-be-doing-something-right/?postshare=6641487075750377&tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.3908a24fcd25

By Kavips

Unedited PARCC 4th grade LA test questions.

https://kavips.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/the-test-secrets-revealed/

Even Apple is acknowledging that the “iPads in education” fad is coming to an end​
By Marta Cooper

As quickly as the Apple iPad seemed to flood our kids' classrooms, they may be on their way out.
http://qz.com/691180/even-apple-is-acknowledging-that-the-ipads-in-education-fad-is-coming-to-an-end/

​School Policy

Network for Public Education Teacher Evaluation Report Infographic

NPE Admin

NPE drew on survey responses from nearly 3000 educators from 48 states who shared their firsthand experiences with the new models of teacher evaluation which resulted from Race to the Top.

http://networkforpubliceducation.org/2016/04/6460/