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Just read, you third grade slackers!

Just read, you third grade slackers!

Peter Greene said: Florida’s program is called “Just Read, Florida!” and that name really captures the cluelessness of the whole approach. Like many Reformster programs, this one starts with the assumption that these little eight-year-old slackers just aren’t being sufficiently threatened and browbeaten. They could read, dammit– they’re just holding out on us! Don’t tell...

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It’s not that we don’t believe in bad teachers, it’s that we don’t believe in you

Peter Greene said: I think there are faux tin hat physicists who are closer to building a cold fusion generator and a perpetual motion machine than reformsters are to building a reliable and accurate system for identifying bad teachers. Do I think there’s a valuable conversation to be had about less effective teachers and how...

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Ineffective teachers

Ineffective teachers

Peter Greene said: The new definition of “ineffective teacher” is “teacher whose students score poorly on test.” Add to that the assumption that a student only scores low on a test because of the student had an ineffective teacher. You have now created a perfect circular definition. And the beauty of this is that in...

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The magical power of PARCC

The magical power of PARCC

Peter Greene said: [When advocates] come to explain how crucial PARCC testing is for your child’s future, you might try asking some questions: Exactly what is the correspondence between PARCC results and college readiness? Given the precise data, can you tell me what score my eight year old needs to get on the test to...