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What It’s Like For States Not Burdened by Common Core

Florida wisely dropped the legislature’s bad idea to require Algebra II last year only to have its education commissioner tweak Common Core by putting in Calculus standards, a math domain two levels above the course the state bagged the year … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s Misleading Anti-Public School, Anti-Teacher Spew in Texas

So the Jeb Bush US Tour continued in Texas yesterday only this time with son, George in tow. From the Associated Press on KHOU.com. AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his rising-political-star son, George P. Bush, … Continue reading

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Pearson Looked for Test Graders on Texas Craigslist

You just can’t make this stuff up. By now, many Texans are familiar with the backlash against the over-testing of our students in public schools. Most of this backlash has focused on the amount of tests being given and the … Continue reading

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Republican Texas House Says No to Jeb Bush on Testing

In late December last year, Jeb Bush penned an opinion piece for the Dallas Morning News I which he wrote the following: Today, Texas has the chance to lead again. Moving above and beyond the testing of basic academic skills, … Continue reading

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Texas Takes Tax Credit Voucher Plan From Jeb Bush’s Foundation

From  skeptical Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bob Ray Sanders: Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, while vowing to make the next legislative session “the most conservative session in history,” announced an education plan last month that includes “school choice.” Using a … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush Doubles Down On High-Stakes Testing in Texas

From Jeb Bush’s Dallas Morning News opinion piece yesterday: Today, Texas has the chance to lead again. Moving above and beyond the testing of basic academic skills, the new STAAR exams include end-of-course exams. This is a common-sense improvement to the Texas … Continue reading

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The FCAT Spring

Consider this timeline of events. January 20: Florida Governor Rick Scott directs Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson to rank Florida’s school districts by FCAT scores February 2: Texas’ long-time, pro-accountabilty education commissioner Robert Scott says testing has become a “perversion” of … Continue reading

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Will Orange County School Board Be Next to Pass Resolution on High Stakes Tests?

WMFE Radio reports: The Broward County School Board has become the fourth in Florida to pass a resolution opposing the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test as the primary means for measuring student progress. And now, an Orange County School Board member … Continue reading

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Placing Accountabilty for the College Remediation Epidemic

Florida children have been conditioned to see that high-stakes tests are the only thing that matters since Jeb Bush launched his school-grade accountability scheme  10 years ago. Yet even with our state’s schools now dominated by a culture of testing,  Bush … Continue reading

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Its Begun…..Palm Beach School Board Votes to Adopt the National Resolution that Opposes High Stakes Testing

Testing is Not Teaching – PBC citizens united to make a difference have announced on their Facebook page that the Palm Beach School Board has adopted the National Resolution on High Stakes Testing. The resolution brings unprecedented bipartisan spirit. Joining … Continue reading

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