Over 100 Education Researchers Sign Statement Calling for Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing, SBAC // California Alliance of Researchers for Equity in Education

The California Alliance of Researchers for Equity in Education recently released a research brief documenting concerns and recommendations related to the Common Core State Standards Assessments in California (also referred to as the CAASPP, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or “SBAC” which refers to the “Smarter Balanced” Assessment Consortium).  A two-page synopsis as well…

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.…

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…

Washington State Supreme Court Rules Charter Schools Unconstitutional

Originally posted on Seattle Education.   On Friday, September 4th, the Supreme Court of Washington State ruled that charter schools were neither public nor constitutional and could receive no public funding.   From Seattle Times: State Supreme Court: Charter Schools are Unconstitutional http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/state-supreme-court-charter-schools-are-unconstitutional/  For more: http://bit.ly/chart_look  To read full court decision, click here.