Scientists Raise Concerns about Health Risks with EdTech. How Will The U.S. Department of Education Respond?

Will the U.S. Department of Education take action on recommendations made by scientists and medical doctors who document the need for safety precautions regarding the use of wireless devices in schools?  The answer remains to be seen.  On Tuesday, January 19th, the U.S. Department of Education held a Public Hearing at UCLA to gather comments for transition…

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…

Critical Questions about Computerized Assessments and SmarterBalanced Test Scores

A recent report from the Public Policy Institute reveals that the majority of California’s public school parents are uninformed about the new tests their children took this past year. And despite numerous concerns regarding the lack of validity, technological barriers, biases, and test administration problems, “test scores” soon will be released to the public. The following includes adapted selections of a…