Evaluating teachers based on student test scores hurts children the most

Source: The Washington Times
Posted by: Jean Winegardner
Date: November 8, 2012

SILVER SPRING, Md. — In this guest editorial, teacher Eileen Riley-Hall, author of Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum, writes about how evaluating teachers based on students’ test scores hurts children.

My daughter Caroline is a bright, sweet, inquisitive thirteen year-old. She also has autism. Over the past seven years of school, Caroline has made amazing progress because she always been included in the general education classroom with the help of a 1:1 aide.

In fifth grade she won the spelling bee for her grade. In seventh grade she won a science award. Now, in eighth grade she is learning algebra. For the past three years, she has participated in the school band, playing her very own purple trumpet. Caroline has also made friends, discovered her talents, and found a way to belong. Her work ethic is stellar, and her attitude towards school is unfailingly positive. Continue reading

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Join Our Next General Meeting: Saturday, April 5 @ 3:30pm

Oct_2012 026Be a part of the change, and join us tomorrow for a CVPE General Meeting from 3:30-5:00pm at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church. Please RSVP on our Facebook invite if possible. We’ll be discussing our goals and tactics for spring-summer 2014.

Address: 2025 West 11th Street, Houston, TX 77008

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One district changes the rules as more parents opt kids out of STAAR testing

Source: Kxan.com
Posted by: Dawn Denny
Date: April 2, 2014

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Parents Opt Out say parents from more than 30 districts across the state have sent “opt out” letters to their schools, taking their children out of STAAR testing. And now, at least one school district is changing the rules.

Four students in the Waco ISD are refusing to take the STAAR test, but that district is allowing the students to attend school and receive “meaningful activities.” Baylor professor Kyle Massey pushed for the move after learning if his child opted out of STAAR, his only option was to keep his son home from school and accept an unexcused absence. He was told schools must administer the test to every student attending on test day. Continue reading

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PISA 2012-Evaluating school systems to improve education (March 25, 2014 presentation)

If you missed the Houston A+ presentation on Pisa scores, here it is.


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Please Attend HISD Board Meeting Thursday, March 13 to Oppose School Closures

The HISD School Board will vote on school closures this Thursday, March 13, 2014 and we urge you to please join us in asking that the proposal be rejected. The closure item is on the agenda so discussion should begin at about 5 pm. Please confirm your attendance on our Facebook page at: http://on.fb.me/1fPkBB8

The meeting will take place at Hattie Mae White: 4400 West 18th Street, Houston, Texas 77092.

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Santos: Corporate ideology should not dictate school philosophy

Source: Chron.com
Posted by: Daniel Santos, an HISD teacher and CVPE member
Date: February 15, 2014

santosImagine for a moment that public education meant educating every student in every neighborhood. Imagine for a moment that tests were utilized to inform schools and not punish or demean them. Imagine for a moment that teachers were viewed as respected professionals whose professional opinions about education policy matter. And, finally, imagine policy makers and school district trustees adopting regulations based on peer-reviewed research and not ideology. One would say that I’m a dreamer.

It is regrettable that education policy, as practiced in the Houston Independent School District and in public schools across the nation, has been driven by the corporate reform ideology of the Bill Gates FoundationEli Broad Foundation and Wal-Mart‘s Walton Foundation, whose ideas have yet to produce any substantive results.

After 13 years, for example, HISD has yet to close the achievement gap, judging by the 53 schools that were spotlighted by the Texas Education Agency last month as needing improvement. Furthermore, according to the Nation’s Report Card results released in December, only 19 percent of fourth-graders in Houston scored “proficient,” far less than the state and national averages. Continue reading

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Next CVPE Meeting: Saturday, Feb. 8th, 3:30-5pm

Please mark your calendars for our next CVPE Meeting on Saturday, February 8th from 3:30-5:00pm at All Saint’s Church, 215 E. 10th in The Heights. (Access parking via Cortlandt between 10th and 11th.)

Today’s meeting is a general meeting for all of us. HISD needs to hear from you. Don’t you think the community should be involved in any school closure decision?  Come to the meeting today to learn what you can do to ensure that all of our children have access to quality neighborhood schools.

Meeting Agenda this Saturday:

  1. Learn what you can to do stop school closures that are unfairly targeting poor communities.
  2. Join us to work on one of our committee groups: Spring platform, op-eds/social media, and/or delegations, school board meetings, etc.
  3. Learn about upcoming events and how you can participate.

Bring colleagues who may be interested in hearing what they can do to improve public education in Houston. Reconnect with old friends and help pave the way for change. What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

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