Quit complaining about the PARCC

The PARCC is designed to tell all of us–schools, principals, teachers, parents and students–what we know and don’t know about whether students are learning, what we are doing well and what we need help with. That’s a good thing, right? So what’s all the fuss about?

No Child Left Behind ushers in a new day

In 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act, a sweeping bipartisan reform bill imposing major testing, accountability, teacher quality and school choice requirements on the states. The law was to be reauthorized in 2007, but it got bogged down. Now, eight years later, there are signs that reauthorization and some major changes are in the works.

Passing the PARCC test is the wrong goal

I did not enter the profession of education to inspire my students to be great test-takers.  I hope no teacher did.  Instead of letting our students be guinea pigs for testing companies, I hope we as a profession are driven to create the opportunities that change our student’s hearts and minds for the overall betterment of society.

New school ratings show mixed bag

As Phillips High School’s football team recently made its way to the state championship game, media accounts went beyond celebrating the accomplishment in sports: The all-black, all low-income school was lauded for earning the district’s highest academic rating last year.

Today’s long-delayed release of the latest ratings offer a sobering picture: Phillips is the only school to fall from the top rating last year to the bottom this year