Recently found … 08/03/2011

  • tags: WSJ teacher evaluation teachers NJ teaching teaching and learning

    • Failing Schools in New Jersey Are Told to Stop Practice of Sharing Instructors
    • “Federal money may have unintentionally funded the infamous ‘dance of the lemons’ that has been a harmful practice in districts for decades,” said Tim Daly, president of the New Teacher Project, a nonprofit group that helps school districts recruit teachers.


      “If these teachers truly were not good enough for one struggling school, we have to ask whether it is a good idea to put them in another one,” he said.

  • A total of 89 schools — 28 in Philadelphia — had been flagged by the state for, among other things, an improbably high number of erasures, as well as questionable gains on reading and math tests.

    Mr. Socolar, a data fanatic, calculated that at some of these schools, the odds that the erasures had happened randomly were one in 100 trillion, and Ms. Mezzacappa verified those numbers with Andrew Porter, the dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

    And that is how Pennsylvania became the latest in a growing list of states facing a cheating scandal.

    tags: pennsylvania exams schools assessment high stakes testing test testing

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