Common Core Salesman Michael Petrilli: *Economics Affect NAEP, but Stay the Ed-Reform Course*

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On October 15, 2019, I read a report produced by Thomas B. Fordham Institute (TBF) president, Michael Petrilli, entitled, “Fewer Children Left Behind: Lessons from the Dramatic Achievement Gains of the 1990s and 2000s.”

This 2019 report builds on a 2017 report by Petrilli in a TBF commentary piece prior to release of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress [NAEP] scores, in which Petrilli et al. concluded the following:

  • There have been [NAEP score] gains almost across the board since the 1990s.
  • Most of the gains happened in the 1990s and early 2000s.
  • Progress in math has been especially remarkable.
  • Children of color are reading much better in the early grades than before.

Right out of the starting gate, I took issue with the likes of Michael Petrilli issuing such a report because of his history as an ed-reform salesman.

Before proceeding with discussion related to TBF’s…

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Why mathematicians just can’t quit their blackboards — Education | The Guardian

Photographer Jessica Wynne captures the peculiar devotion of academics to working out their problems with chalkAnother year, another wave of students trampling across autumn leaves, making their way to their first lectures heady with a cocktail of excitement, apprehension and a nasty hangover. But while every year brings new faces, one feature of the academic…

via Why mathematicians just can’t quit their blackboards — Education | The Guardian

Short note about Network of Public Education’s (NOPE) focus on education fraud — Schoolinfosystem.org

Citizen Stewart: My friends at the Network of Public Education (NOPE) have an ongoing series under the hashtag #AnotherDayAnotherCharterSchool that aims to keep your eyes trained on the supposed never-ending abuses and fraud case in charter schools. I applaud their commitment to public integrity and I share their vigilance in rooting out grift in public…

via Short note about Network of Public Education’s (NOPE) focus on education fraud — Schoolinfosystem.org

Those large Kentucky high school graduation rates — The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions

One of the bright spots in the new Kentucky education report that came out on October 1 was that high school graduation rates in the state’s schools have risen a bit more and already are high. But, while the state is handing out more paper to students, does this mean the education level is really…

via Those large Kentucky high school graduation rates — The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions

Are Comprehensive Reading Assessments Unfair? No Comprehension Without Prior Knowledge — Fair schooling & assessment

Originally posted on 3-Star learning experiences: Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen Reading comprehension (also known as close reading[1]; we use both terms interchangeably in this blog) is a high-stakes skill. After all, there are important consequences for whomever gets tested for it. For example, reading comprehension tests might impact getting a certificate or diploma,…

via Are Comprehensive Reading Assessments Unfair? No Comprehension Without Prior Knowledge — Fair schooling & assessment

Stealth applicants and the role of the institutional website — ICEF Monitor – Market intelligence for international student recruitment

Data released earlier this year reveals that the vast majority of international students never make contact with the university, college, or school they apply to and receive offers from, and half of these students use only the university website as an information source before applying. The data comes from enrolment services management company UniQuest, which…

via Stealth applicants and the role of the institutional website — ICEF Monitor – Market intelligence for international student recruitment

Exam board AQA to pay out £1.1m over rule breaches and errors — Education | The Guardian

Watchdog’s reprimand comes after failings such as markers re-marking their own workThe exam board AQA is to pay more than £1.1m in fines and compensation for a string of rule breaches, errors and failings in GCSEs and A-levels that regulators said could seriously undermine public confidence in the qualifications system.Ofqual, which oversees school exams in…

via Exam board AQA to pay out £1.1m over rule breaches and errors — Education | The Guardian

Felicity Huffman reports to prison to serve 14-day sentence in college scandal — Education | The Guardian

Actor was also sentenced to a $30,000 fine, 250 hours of community service and a year’s probation after pleading guiltyThe Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman – AKA prisoner no 77806-112 – reported Tuesday to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal that ensnared dozens of wealthy mothers…

via Felicity Huffman reports to prison to serve 14-day sentence in college scandal — Education | The Guardian

A Great Minds (Common Core, Inc.) History: Eureka Math, Wit & Wisdom, and More.

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On October 03, 2019, I had a request on my blog from a commenter who asked if I “could do an investigation on this Wit & Wisdom curriculum we’re being forced to use.” In this case, “we” refers to Louisiana teachers. (The Louisiana Department of Education has a contract for Wit & Wisdom, effective 07/01/16 – 06/30/22.)

This is an extensive dive. Do make yourself comfortable.

Wit & Wisdom is a curricular product of Great Minds, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that also operates an LLC (limited liability company) (see”great minds” using this DC business license search engine). Great Minds also owns Eureka Math.

On its website, Great Minds identifies itself as a nonprofit founded in 2008. Here is the their “about” spiel:

ABOUT GREAT MINDS

A group of education leaders founded the non-profit Great Minds in 2008 to define and encourage content-rich comprehensive education for all American…

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