Monthly Archives: April 2016

“Noncognitive” Factors: Are they Fair Game for Data Collection and Instruction?

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In February 2013, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology released a draft of Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century. To many who were aware of this report, it was alarming … Continue reading

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Suspension! Update on Teacher’s Objections

On Monday, a letter was published about a teacher’s objection to the state assessment, A Teacher’s Professional Conscience: Objecting to the Assessments.  On that very day, the teacher was removed from the classroom and suspended.  Rather than rehash here what … Continue reading

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A Teacher’s Professional Conscience: Objecting to the Assessments

I have had the immense fortune of being able to be in front of children for 25 years, as of this year, as a teacher in many different capacities. It truly humbles me to know that for 25 years, parents … Continue reading

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A Heartfelt Expression of Concerns

Last fall a mother shared some information with me in an email she had sent. I recently saw this mother. I asked and received permission to post the text of a letter. SB 6030 and SB 6122 are mentioned. Even … Continue reading

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Explore Homeschooling Options

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South Hill-Pierce County Library 15420 Meridian Ave E, Puyallup, WA 98375 Friday, April 29, 2016 5:30-6:00: Doors open, meet and greet with refreshments 6:00-8:00: Info Session Kids welcome to read/play quietly. Refreshments will be served. Filing and Documentation Requirements Independent … Continue reading

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Hi-Tech Education vs. Student Privacy

PBS News Hour featured “Why digital education could be a double-edged sword” in their “Making the Grade” segment recently. Published on Apr 5, 2016 Public education is becoming increasingly digitized — these days, schools can compile everything from a student’s … Continue reading

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A Case of Assessment Season Opt Out Bullying

Most parents requesting to opt out would be shook up and intimidated if they received the following letter and form. It likely would affect their judgment to the point they wouldn’t check facts for themselves. In this case, the parents … Continue reading

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