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California gets F grade from education advocacy group

#1Sir_Mix_A_LotPosted 1/10/2013 5:30:38 PM
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/01/california-gets-f-grade-michelle-rhee-studentsfirst.html?track=latiphoneapp

California is sorely lacking when it comes to school reform, according to a rating of states issued by a high-profile education advocacy group.
California received an overall grade of F, ranking 41st nationally, from StudentsFirst, a Sacramento-based group run by Michelle Rhee, whose outspoken views have polarized those who share her focus on improving the nation’s schools.

Her group’s “report card” concentrates “singularly on the education policies in place in each of our states,” Rhee said in a statement. “And when we look solely at policy, it's clear that we have a long way to go toward improving our education system in America."

As with other rating systems, the results follow from the choice of parameters judged most important. California received its only high mark for being the birthplace of “parent trigger” laws, which allow parents, by petition, to replace the staff of a low-performing school and also to convert the campus to an independently operated charter school.

Among other recommendations, the report said California’s students would benefit from a statewide teacher and principal evaluation system that incorporates “student growth” as a significant factor.

Such “value-added” formulas attempt to measure a teacher’s impact on a student’s learning through standardized test scores that are adjusted for a student’s past performance and personal characteristics. Some experts and teacher unions are skeptical of the method, and those critics have had allies in Gov. Jerry Brown and state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson...


Related: Student test scores can identify effective teachers, study finds

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0109-gates-teacher-20130109,0,3602120.story

Student standardized test scores can accurately identify effective teachers, especially when combined with classroom observations and pupil surveys, according to a major national study released Tuesday.

The three-year survey of 3,000 teachers in seven school districts by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation found that the controversial method of measuring student academic growth, known as value-added, was a valid indicator of whether teachers helped boost student achievement...

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#2robert21Posted 1/10/2013 5:35:01 PM
Know what else really makes a difference with standardized testing? When the students actually care about it.
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#3Sir_Mix_A_Lot(Topic Creator)Posted 1/10/2013 5:36:30 PM
From: robert21 | #002
Know what else really makes a difference with standardized testing?

Yes, affirmative action.
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#4wally(Moderator)Posted 1/10/2013 5:40:57 PM
Michelle Rhee, the Gates Foundation, and the Broad Academy are three of the worst things to happen to education in the past 3000 years, and I say that with absolutely no hyperbole whatsoever.
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#5Sir_Mix_A_Lot(Topic Creator)Posted 1/10/2013 7:08:56 PM
k.
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#6OrcaPosted 1/10/2013 7:18:11 PM
How does Michelle Rhee still finde employment after her complete ballsing up? The recent documentary on her just shows how horrible she was. Or you can just listen to her own words;

"Her group’s “report card” concentrates “singularly on the education policies in place in each of our states,” Rhee said in a statement. “And when we look solely at policy, it's clear that we have a long way to go toward improving our education system in America.""

She's only focusing on "policy". What a ridiculous metric.
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#7Sir_Mix_A_Lot(Topic Creator)Posted 1/10/2013 7:19:19 PM
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#8MasterEchuPosted 1/10/2013 7:26:26 PM
Sir_Mix_A_Lot posted...
From: Orca | #006
How does Michelle Rhee still finde employment after her complete ballsing up?

See, Asians actually have to work on a living since we can't rely on our race to get us through life.


How fast can you possibly reveal your a troll? Seriously dude I'd take back this statement or you're going to lose any credibility within seconds.
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#9OrcaPosted 1/10/2013 7:37:11 PM
Sir_Mix_A_Lot posted...
From: Orca | #006
How does Michelle Rhee still finde employment after her complete ballsing up?

See, Asians actually have to work on a living since we can't rely on our race to get us through life.


If anything, she only gets by because of Asian Privilege. If a black person had of screwed up as monstrously as Michelle Rhee did, they'd have to sling fries for a living.
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#10Sir_Mix_A_Lot(Topic Creator)Posted 1/10/2013 7:42:44 PM
It's amazing that Asians have any privilege given how determined Democrats are to exterminate any privilege Asians might enjoy.
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