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AM News: Ten Percent of Tests "Likely Flawed," Says AJC

image from scholasticadministrator.typepad.comErrors plague school testing AJC: The investigation revealed that almost one in 10 tests nationwide contained significant blocks of questions that were likely flawed. Such questions made up 10 percent or more of those tests — threatening their overall quality and raising questions about fairness.

CA chools scale back suspensions San Jose Mercury News: From Los Angeles to Modesto to the Bay Area, districts are reducing suspensions, sometimes dramatically, and drawing raves and national attention -- but also bitter criticism.

Md. to give MSA, though results won't be used to gauge school progress Baltimore Sun: State believes it would be violating federal law if it stopped giving MSA, which doesn't align with new curriculum.

State and Locals to U.S. Senate: Rewrite No Child Left Behind Act Politics K12: "State governments, localities, and schools need a long-term resolution for the issues raised by the current federal education law, the No Child Left Behind Act," write the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National League of Cities, the National Association of State Boards of Education, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and four other groups, in a letter sent to Senate leaders today.

LAUSD superintendent Deasy "saddened" by deputy's resignation KPCC: Deasy and school board members and staff reached by KPCC have declined to comment on the circumstances of his departure, but Aquino told the Los Angeles Times that the seven-member board has been riddled by paralysis and micromanages day-to-day operations. See also LA Daily News.

Minecraft, a Child’s Obsession, Finds Use as an Educational Tool NYT: Teachers and parents are using Minecraft, a popular video game, to help teach science, history, languages and ethics.

Sending Disruptive Students to the E.R. Worries Docs, Advocates WNYC: By the city’s own count, about one fourth of all 911 calls made from New York City public schools are for "emotionally disturbed persons," as first responders call it. In one year, 2011-12, schools made more than 3,800 calls that, in turn, led to an ambulance trip to a hospital emergency room, a mismatched solution in the eyes of many mental health experts and children's advocates.

Calif. school district monitors kids' social media AP: A Southern California school district is trying to stop cyberbullying and a host of other teenage ills by monitoring the public posts students make on social media outlets in a program that has stirred debate about what privacy rights teenage students have when they fire up their smartphones....

D.C. police adjust how schools are patrolled Washington Post: D.C. police this year have quietly adjusted the way they patrol the District’s traditional public and charter schools, moving away from assigning dedicated officers to most public high schools and instead clustering groups of schools with shared officers.

Cathie Black Emails Cost City WSJ: The city agreed Friday to reimburse a former Village Voice intern's lawyers about $134,500 in legal fees, on top of at least $25,000 the city spent internally defending the case.

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Once again a disheartening article to read. The implementation of No Child Left Behind has been scrutinized since it's inception, and now twelve years later we see it's outcome. Repeatedly low test scores and higher percentages of testing fraud (cheating), and now the AJC has brought a whole new element to light in this debacle. Poorly constructed tests, with glaring errors- the exact same tests that teachers are to administer to their students to track their (the teachers) performance. The introduction of this new evidence allows us to really see the raw deal these teachers, and students, have been given. As Heather Vogell finds out in the full article at the Atlanta Journal Constitution: “I think that’s just the bottom line,” said Matthew Johnson, a professor at Teachers College in New York City who advised the AJC on this project. In some states, he said, “there is no quality control, or very little.”

If we can't even get our testing in order, how can we be excepted to get our schools, teachers, and assorted faculty in order- let alone hold them responsible for our students outcome?
We to reevaluate our education system and work from the ground up. These simple oversights are what crumble the foundation of a good education program.

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