I’m re-posting Diane’s summary of Laura Chapman’s blog… Is that re-re-posting? The Wall Street Journal Article is an interesting one well worth reading.
Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Reader and arts consultant Laura Chapman cites an article in today’s Wall Street Journal that reminds us that test scores are not objective.
Panels of experts and non-experts make a judgment about what is “proficient,” what is the “cut score for other labels. It is a judgment. The person in charge can adjust the cut score to make the tests harder or easier. If he wants to show that kids are really dumb, he will choose a very high cut score. If he wants to show that kids are improving under his amazing leadership, he will drop the cut score, and more kids will pass. The public is easily hoodwinked. The scores are Bunkum.
Today, the Wall Street Journal reports on the results of NY state tests (page 2, weekend).
The headline is amazing: “Test Scores Are No Sure Guide to What Students Know: Results Say More…
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We watched this lecture today. Randy led a fantastic life and was joyful to the very end. I strongly encourage you to make time for the lessons he has to share in his Last Lecture at Carnegie Mellon. “Randy reminded students that even in dangerous waters, one penguin had to be brave enough to take the first dive.”(http://bit.ly/1qx0ZoY) “It’s not about how to to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life…”(from the Last Lecture)
A friend recently shared this commercial with me. I found it on YouTube and am passing it on. I don’t always agree with mobile carriers, but this is a great message!
Found this on the Expeditionary Learning recommended reading list. Picked it up tonight to add to my ever growing reading list. Can’t wait to share more as I get through them! (If you click on the photo it should take you to the EL site.)
It has been a long time since I last blogged. It’s not that we haven’t had anything going on. Frankly, it’s the exact opposite. So many things happening at the end of the year and all at once that I needed to prioritize and focus on the important… of course, that makes it sound like this isn’t and that’s not the case at all. Just my student, parents, teachers and faculty needed my attention more than my writing.
As the year comes to an end, I relish the opportunity to reflect and grow from days past. I look forward to the summer as a time to explore and to grow, to try and create new things. I also am eager to share some of those things with you.
I’m not promising any particular order. In fact I can almost guarantee they will be mixed up because I plan to post the ideas as they occur to me.
This week, I’m going to write about my most recent trip to Yosemite and the hike to the top of the Mist Trail. I have all kinds of lessons to share…being in shape, knowing your limits, enjoying the view, focusing on time with the family, celebrating nature, etc.
I believe that there will also be others. A friend recommended an interesting read on Autism and I have a stack of other books I can’t wait to get in to!
All said, I hope that your past few months were good ones and that your summer is filled with wonder and joy.
Two pieces of great news. We were recently invited to join a national network known as Ashoka Changemakers. It was an exciting process of interviews, school tours, a written application, and phone conferences. All of these were fielded by a team of faculty and parents.
We learned earlier this week that we were accepted and we look forward to sharing more about this partnership once we kick off the new year.
After the initial application, members of the Ashoka team, Nancy, Illa, Henry, Jen, and Arnita met for three additional interviews. The last two were on Thursday, the day after school was out. Which is incredible…because they gave up their first day of summer to share their story and convey how important McAuliffe is in the lives of their families!!
We owe each of you a special thanks for your participation in the interviews! You truly spoke from your hearts and did a wonderful job representing our school and community.
Here’s a short video to share some of the things we will be working on together: http://startempathy.org/videos#video-645
I hope you are enjoying summer.
As the office winds down for the year, many of you have already begun a summer full of adventure and wonder.
If you have time, please send us a postcard, we would love to share where our families have been this summer.
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Class lists will be posted tomorrow evening at 5pm. For your convenience, we will also send it out electronically at some point after the posting. We post the lists early so that you and your children will have an opportunity to connect with their classmates, have play dates, bbq’s, beach or park days, etc.
During the next few weeks I will also be taking some time to reflect on the year behind us and to recharge. I will be away from technology as much as possible during these weeks and don’t anticipate responding to email until I return to work at the beginning of August. However, once I am back at work, I will be sure to respond to your emails.
We wish all of you the very best, most relaxing summer ever! And we look forward to seeing you back in the fall.