My letter to Bill Gates on how to prepare students for algebra — Nonpartisan Education Blog

May 17, 2018 Dear Mr. Gates, You recently wrote, “Math is one area where we want to generate stronger evidence about what works. What would it take, for example, to get all kids to mastery of Algebra I?” I believe I can answer your question. There have been two significant math studies done in the…

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Academia is built on exploitation. We must break this vicious circle | Anonymous academic — Higher Education Network | The Guardian

What did I find when I joined a university? Poor mental health, huge workloads, ego-driven professors and rampant plagiarismNot for the first time, I watched as one of our PhD students was loaded into an ambulance and taken to hospital. He had collapsed in one of the university research labs about 20 minutes earlier. A…

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How to keep up to date with the literature but avoid information overload — Impact of Social Sciences

The sheer number of online services and social media platforms available to academics makes it possible to receive a constant stream of information about newly published research. However, much of this may serve only as a distraction from your research and staying on top of it all can even come to feel like a burden. Anne-Wil…

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PAGE PER YEAR PLAN© — The Concord Review – Will’s Blog

16 May 2007 Page Per Year Plan© By Will Fitzhugh, The Concord Review“Reading maketh a Full Man, Conference a Ready Man, and Writing an Exact Man.”—Francis Bacon, Of Studies, 1625 Diane Ravitch recently pointed out that, “the campaign against homework goes on. Its success will guarantee a steady decline in the very activities that matter most…

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Bill Gates Can’t Leave ESSA State Plans Alone Either — Truth in American Education

Photo credit: World Economic Forum (CC-By-SA 2.0) The Associated Press reported this morning that Bill Gates has poured millions into trying to influence state plans required under the Every Student Succeeds Act. AP’s Sally Ho writes: Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American…

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The most important research on learning I’ve read — Catherine & Katharine

Someone has posted it on line, so here it is ! Deferred Feedback Sharply Dissociates Implicit and Explicit Category Learning J. David Smith, Joseph Boomer, Alexandria C. Zakrzewski, Jessica L. Roeder, Barbara A. Church, and F. Gregory Ashby Psychological Science 2014, Vol. 25(2) 447-457 I’ve been mulling this article since the summer of 2014, when […]

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Louisiana to Spend at Least $75M on Five Years of PARCC-ish LEAP 2025 Testing

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The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) has contracted with Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) for the state’s PARCC-modeled LEAP 2025 assessment portfolio to the tune of $61.5M for five school years (2016-17 to 2020-21).

The complete DRC contract can be found here and here.

The DRC contract includes math and ELA assessments beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through the sophomore year of high school, with K-2 assessments being “formative,” and grades 3-8 and high school math and ELA assessments being  “diagnostic” (beginning of year), “interim,” and “summative” (end of year).

Testing designed to overtake the entire school year grades 3 through 8 and two years of high school– or, as LDOE glowingly describes it in the DRC contract:

The assessments developed through this RFP (Request for Proposal) will end duplicative testing and seamlessly align grades 3 through high school assessments with formative tools, to be used by districts at their…

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GUEST POST: How Test Expectancy Promotes Learning — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

By Michelle RiversMichelle Rivers is a PhD student studying Cognitive Psychology at Kent State University in Ohio. Her research applies theories of learning and memory to enhance educational practice. She is particularly interested in investigating factors that contribute to students’ metacognitive judgments and how learners understand and manage their own learning. She can be found…

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Education – Is School making our kids crazy? And, California, a case study in how Common Core decimates math progress @JennyHatch

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A few years ago, Rep. Dana Layton was running a bill on our behalf to remove Common Core from Utah. The day it was to be presented in committee, she let us know that there had been some changes to the bill. Instead of the bill removing Common Core, some members of the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) had convinced her to change the bill to a parent review committee over standards. An absolutely worthless bill that unfortunately passed.

I found myself appointed to the elementary math education committee and knew others appointed to the secondary math, science, art, and other committees. Unanimously, our experience was similar across all subjects. We weren’t there for our input.

The bill contained language that the parent committees were to have support from USOE staff to assist in the meetings with whatever the parent committees needed. Instead, USOE members showed up…

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