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Teacher Certification SNAFU: Judge Rules NYS Exams are Racially Biased

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Alan Singer Social studies educator, Hofstra University, SNAFU: An acronym dating from World War II. Situation Normal, All F*cked Up. I have been a teacher and teacher educator for over forty years. One of the things I learned is that some people should not be teachers. They may lack empathy for young people, be impatient, have trouble connecting with other people, have too many biases of their own, be unwilling to put in the hard work to master the craft, or have their own emotional problems or academic issues. I…read more

Who Rates Teachers This Way?

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David Knuffke in Medium In his recent “State of the State” address, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed substantial changes to the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) scoring system by which teachers in the state are rated every year. Currently, NYS teachers are rated under a system where classroom observations count for 60% of the rating, 20% is a state-provided score based on student performance on standardized exams (for subjects where exams exist), and 20% is a locally-determined score based on student growth. Based on these criteria, teachers are…read more

The worsening gap in higher education equity

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By Louis Barbash In a recent report on long-term trends in higher education equity, the non-profit Pell Institute came to a dispiriting conclusion: While more students are going to college, income-based gaps are worsening when it comes to higher education quality and degree attainment. In its report, the Institute looked at six “equity indicators” over a 45-year timeline, including college attendance rates, completion rates, and the type of institution attended. Perhaps most discouraging, the report found that while bachelor’s degree attainment rates have increased dramatically for higher-income students, they’ve barely budged for poorer students. For…read more

Just Educate

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Photo Credit: Sean MacEntee(CC BY 2.0) https://medium.com/ · by Kansanity Just Educate So this topic is a bit broader than just what we’ve gone through here in Kansas, but given our recent history with education, the stuff happening in Texas does have a certain flavor that we know well. What I’m referring to, specifically, is the news that Texas has recently approved the usage of “updated” textbooks. I say “updated,” because of the obvious argument from the detractors that the books are being filled with biased information. And I’ve made no bones about my opinion that we’re…read more