Thursday, August 18, 2011

Have you ever given young children a standardized test?

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Nancy Reagan said "Just say no!"
In the movie Networks, Peter Finch said "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!"
When we start actually talking about testing 4 year old kids maybe it's time to take a hard look at taking more tests.

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 07/05/2011

Kindergarten teacher details 'lunacy' of standardized tests for kids

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss
This was written by Nancy Creech, a kindergarten teacher in Michigan.
Have you ever given young children a standardized test?
Kindergartners are 4 to 5 years old and this is what happens: Some of them cry. Some get stomach aches. Many of them, all of a sudden when instructions are being explained, have to go to the bathroom or get a tissue. Some draw all over the paper. They talk. They shout out answers, as they have been taught to care for one another and help one another.

I Am More Than a Test Score

Huffington Post By Timothy D. Slekar, Head of the Division of Education, Human Development and Social Sciences, Penn State Altoona Posted: 8/8/11

Pa. child well-being rank inches up to 20th
State reaches top 20 for youth well-being, but worries abound for its 'tortoise pace'
By Mackenzie Carpenter and Sam Butterfield, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette August 18, 2011
After years of being ranked 23rd among 50 states by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Pennsylvania improved its ranking to 20th in the foundation's 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book.
Initially the state was going to cut its funding for pre-K programs to zero this year but settled for a 61 percent cut instead.

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For more information about the 2011 Kids Count Data Book, go to .

Pa. House Education Committee to hold two days of hearings on education reform

Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 9:44 AM
A line-up of heavy hitters, including national education reform experts and staunch public education advocates, will testify before the House Education Committee today and tomorrow to provide testimony on reform initiatives under consideration.
Committee Chairman Paul Clymer, R-Bucks, said the hearings to be held at the Capitol are the last of the committee's hearings to gather information that will help shape school voucher and charter school reform legislation that will be introduced in the House next month.


Local educators ask Democrats to fight for education

Wilkes-Barre Citizen's Voice BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL (STAFF WRITER)
Published: August 17, 2011
Teaching jobs have been eliminated. Academic programs have been cut.  And, it could only be the beginning.
Calling the state budget an "assault" and "unconscionable," area educators made impassioned pleas to lawmakers on Tuesday to stand up for public education in Pennsylvania.
During a state House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Scranton High School, educators said they have made the cuts necessary to make it through the 2011-12 school year. But if the next state budget makes deeper cuts to education, cuts in districts will be more drastic, they said.

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Secretary Duncan to Hold #AskArne Twitter Town Hall

Department of Education Ed.GOV Blog, Posted on  by Cameron Brenchley
The Department of Education announced today that Secretary Arne Duncan will participate in the first-ever #AskArne Twitter Town Hall on August 24, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Veteran education journalist John Merrow will moderate the town hall that will also be broadcast live on ED's ustream channel.  Beginning August 16th, Twitter users can submit questions to the Secretary using the hashtag #AskArne.


Center on Education Policy launches new NCLB Waiver Watch website

The Center on Education Policy has launched an online resource to track developments related to the federal government's decision to offer waivers to states from some No Child Left Behind requirements. The status of the waivers changes almost daily as states express interest, formally submit requests, and receive responses from the U.S. Department of Education.
A link to CEP's "NCLB Waiver Watch" appears below.  The waiver watch also contains links to the sources for each update and will provide links to statements and announcements from the U.S. Department of Education and other key players.  CEP researchers will do their best to update states' status daily as situations change.
Click here to view this new CEP resource.

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