Rocketship Pushes Expansion Despite Denials and Strong Community Opposition

[3/10/16  Update]: Despite strong community opposition and unanimous denials by district and county level school boards, the State Board of Education voted to allow Rocketship to expand their charter school chain to the Monument Corridor in Concord, California.  For more background on how decisions like these can be set in motion, see here. ## Why is there so much controversy surrounding the proliferation of Rocketship…

Scientists Raise Concerns about Testing and EdTech. How Will The U.S. Department of Education Respond?

On Tuesday, January 19th, the U.S. Department of Education held a Public Hearing at UCLA to gather comments for transition to the new ESSA Every Student Succeeds Act.  Approximately eighty speakers from a variety of educational institutions and organizations made statements and recommendations related to the new law.  Each speaker had five minutes to comment.…

Carta abierta a la Junta de Educación del Estado de California respecto a la publicación de calificaciones [Falsas] #SBAC

[Spanish translation of Open Letter to California State Board of Education on Release of [False] SBAC Scores]  Estimados miembros de la Junta de Educación del Estado de California: La primavera pasada, 3.2 millones de estudiantes de California (de grados 3-8 y 11) tomaron los nuevos exámenes computarizados de Matemáticas y Desarrollo del idioma inglés/Lectura/Escritura CAASPP (California Assessment…

Open Letter to the CA State Board of Education on Release of [False] SBAC Scores

Dear Members of the California State Board of Education, Last Spring, 3.2 million students in California (grades 3-8 and 11) took the new, computerized Math and English Language Arts/Literacy CAASPP tests (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress). The tests were developed by the SmarterBalanced Assessment Consortium, and administered and scored by ETS (Educational Testing Service). Costs are estimated at $360…

Resources to #RethinkDiscipline and Strengthen School Climate

Please find below new updates, research, and resources for strengthening school climate, eliminating discipline disparities, and supporting social and emotional learning in schools. The full collections are available at http://bit.ly/safe_schools_resources and http://bit.ly/SEL_Resources. The following posts may also be accessed by clicking the corresponding image. Picture above is from the Restorative Schools Vision Project. “In this new documentary from Coleman Advocates (http://colemanadvocates.org), director…