Category Archives: Education Alphabet Soup

0347_ Will Congress Heed Evidence That Government Preschool is Worthless? – by Karen Effrem, Jane Robbins – The American Spectator 7-24-18

Donna Jack
July 27, 2017

Excerpts from below:

“(1) ‘fade out’ and even reversal of positive achievement effects by grades 2-3, so that pre-K non-participants were outperforming participants; (2) more disciplinary infractions and special-education placements for pre-K participants by grade 3 than for non-participants; … ” [etc. – see below]

“This dismal report is hardly surprising. The author of the Tennessee study, Dr. Dale Farran, had said in a 2016 Brookings paper that despite 50 years of experience, research does not support the proposition that expanding pre-K will improve later achievement for low-income children.

“…parents, keep your kids out of government preschool.

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
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Subject: WILL CONGRESS HEED EVIDENCE THAT GOVERNMENT PRESCHOOL IS WORTHLESS? — BY KAREN EFFREM, JANE ROBBINS – THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR – 7.24.18

7.24.18 – American Spectator

 https://spectator.org/will-congress-heed-evidence-that-government-preschool-is-worthless/

 “Will Congress Heed Evidence That Government Preschool Is Worthless?”

By Karen Effrem, Jane Robbins

Jane Robbins is a senior fellow at American Principles Project. Dr. Karen Effrem is trained as a pediatrician and serves as president of Education Liberty Watch.

Government pre-K won’t help participants do better in school — and it will even cause emotional harm.

 On the theory that more government programs can solve any public-education problem, bipartisan policymakers have embraced government-funded pre-K programs as the current fix. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act dangles multiple incentives, including new Preschool Development Grants, to coax states into taking more young children from their families and enrolling them in government preschool. Advocates claim the $7.6 billion spent on state pre-K programs will result in improved academic achievement and a multitude of societal benefits. Continue reading

0336_Another failed Education establishment bright idea: Proficiency-based learning (PBL) is a cruel experiment that has failed_by Mike Bernier, Public School Teacher

Donna Jack
April 29, 2018

More Education Alphabet Soup:  PBL – Profiency-Based Learning

From Article by Mike Bernier:

 Never, in my 30 years of high school teaching, have I seen an initiative do so much damage to student learning and motivation as I have with Maine’s Proficiency-Based Learning Diploma. It is a piece of feel-good legislation that was poorly conceived and enacted.

under PBL, there are no homework deadlines and exams can be retaken, sometimes over and over again. In addition, school attendance doesn’t count toward grades or graduation.

“There are reasons why high-performing high schools are trying to retain the traditional grading system. It works. The Legislature needs to understand that our children’s futures depend on it.

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4.25.18 – Sun Journal
http://www.sunjournal.com/proficiency-based-learning-is-a-cruel-experiment-that-has-failed/

 “Proficiency-based learning is a cruel experiment
that has failed”

By  Mike Bernier, Public School Teacher

 Never, in my 30 years of high school teaching, have I seen an initiative do so much damage to student learning and motivation as I have with Maine’s Proficiency-Based Learning Diploma. It is a piece of feel-good legislation that was poorly conceived and enacted.

Fortunately, the Legislature is now considering repealing PBL. I hope others will join me in respectfully encouraging legislators to do so. Continue reading

0325_Who Watches the Watchmen (April 9, 2018) _by Sandra Stotsky _National Report Card _National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) _No Child Left Behind (NCLB) _National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) _National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) _National Validity Study (NVS)

Donna Jack
April 11, 2018

From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
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Subject: WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN? — BY DR. SANDRA STOTSKY — EDVIEWS.ORG –4.9.18

4.9.18 – EdViews.org

 “Who Watches the Watchmen?”– By Sandra Stotsky
http://www.educationviews.org/who-watches-the-watchmen/

 “Transparency might guard the integrity of the tests given by the National Assessment of Educational Progress” — Sandra Stotsky

 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?, a Latin phrase found in the work of the Roman poet Juvenal, is commonly used to refer to the problem of how one monitors the actions of persons in positions of power. We don’t know if we have a problem with the validity of the results of the “Nation’s Report Cards” or the extent of the problem (if there is one) because there is little transparency on the test development process.

 Tests given by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have been funded by Congress since their inception in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Called the nation’s “Report Cards,” all states have been required since 2001 as part of No Child Left Behind to give these tests at least every two years. Continue reading