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A question about (the change in) testing 13 Aug 2013 | 11:19 pm

The frequency of tests in schools probably hasn’t changed much in the last few generations… but the type of tests, their nature, duration, consequences… those have changed. “Was your education harmed...

Why did charter scores fall more? 11 Aug 2013 | 01:50 am

Stephen Krashen warned (in advance, in a letter to the NYDN): …Robert Linn of the University of Colorado and his colleagues have shown that test scores are typically low when a new test is introduced...

Tomorrow’s test scores 7 Aug 2013 | 12:53 am

Everyone involved in New York City educational policy – all levels of the DoE, the mayor, the UFT, the education reporters, pundits, activists – all are waiting for tomorrow’s scores. And it’s a croc...

Starting Sabbatical 3 Aug 2013 | 01:26 am

No news. Sabbatical officially started yesterday, but nothing much has changed. I’m relaxed, but I’m relaxed every summer.  I’m making August plans, but that’s normal. I checked my August 1 pay – I w...

Protest Principal’s Racist Epithets 4 Jul 2013 | 12:54 am

In reaction to alleged racist comments linked to two teachers being terminated, and another being forced out, leaving not a single Black teacher at Pan American International HS in Elmhurst, Queens, a...

Commencement 27 Jun 2013 | 11:21 pm

Today, I guess, is my commencement. Not my graduation, but the beginning of a sabbatical, a year without teaching, a year for study. Funny, the word commencement. And the word graduate.  Kids finish ...

The Fixation With Standardized Test Scores 9 Jun 2013 | 01:03 am

Lynne Winderbaum takes down the new NYC Teacher Evaluation System and standardized test scores I wish Governor Cuomo [link] and Mayor Bloomberg [link] were not on record as wanting to fire teachers. I...

Last class for a while 5 Jun 2013 | 05:24 am

My next lessons will be in September, 2014 I taught three review lessons today. Review lessons. My school goes into finals tomorrow, state tests next week. And then? My next lessons will be in Septemb...

How are unannounced observations not part of a “Gotcha” system? 2 Jun 2013 | 07:10 am

The teacher chooses. 1 formal, 3 drive-bys, one unannounced (these are minimums) or 6 drive-bys, one unannounced (these are minimums). Sounds like “gotcha” to me. We’ll see the details when they are p...

Chapter Leader’s Notes: Mayoral forum at the Bronx UFT 14 May 2013 | 07:30 pm

Notes by Donald March, chapter leader of Christopher Columbus HS Bronx Mayoral Forum. May 8, 2013. Christine Quinn, Bill DeBlasio, Bill Thompson, John Liu As has been the case at these forums or late,...

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