Sunday, February 26, 2012

How spending money on data systems and testing hurts our schools.

From the district in which I teach.

From my children's school district.

We are spending so much money on the required testing and data systems because of NLCB and RttT, along with federal/state school budget funding cuts and the tax cap, that schools are cutting teachers.  My kids have class sizes of 16 & 17-- perfect for a great start to elementary education.  Notice the Hamburg District in which I work will have average kindergarden class sizes of 22-23.  How can a K-teacher help 4 and 5 year olds with those numbers?


A good read from Diane Ravitch on how NYSUT sold out its members instead of educating the public on the dangers using high-stakes testing to judge teachers.


Sorry Governor Cuomo, this is a "major loss" for students.

From an email titled: " 'A major victory' " for students" .

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Why?

I am creating this blog to start a movement against standardized testing in public schools.  As an educator I have seen the damage that ten years of NCLB has done to my students and I fear what the new push of Race to the Top will do to my children's education.