An overhaul of the district’s career education programs seeks to make classes more challenging and put career-track students on the path to higher ed, but many schools have lost programs, and fewer students are participating overall.
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Nicki Bazer the ISBE General Counsel is fundamentally correct about the legal right of parents to opt their children out of standardized testing in Illinois. There is as far as I can tell no law...
Anyone have a list of tests that will be given next year, including class time needed to perform the tests? I see ISAT is being called "two weeks of testing". Using that time frame reference may...
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No Safety, No Homework
Victor Harbison's latest blog post is up at the New York Times, focusing on the effects of fear on students -- at school and now at home.
"Those of us who teach in such urban settings have to acknowledge that it is the rare student who feels safe and secure. That is the reality urban teachers face, day after day after day... People wonder why test scores are so low in urban schools. I’m not looking for an excuse, but it’s hard for me to stop thinking about the violence children experience every day in this city."
Harbison's experiences with urban violence are getting more and more close to home, but he keeps plugging along.