Bill Hangley Jr.on Nov 25, 2015 04:29 PM
Growing up in China, Janet Zheng got used to taking tests. But she also got used to getting the preparation she needed from her classes, which is why the American system makes no sense to her.
“You take this much test,” she said, holding her hands apart, “with this little knowledge,” pulling them together.
Eric Joselynon Nov 25, 2015 12:01 PM
High-stakes standardized tests are falling out of favor. From President Obama and Congress to School District leaders, we are finally hearing recognition of the unintended consequences of over-testing and overemphasizing test results.
Philadelphia schools have lived through 20 years of test-based accountability. At first, it involved rewards and some punishments for schools based on standardized test scores.
Paul Socolaron Nov 24, 2015 03:34 PM
The School Reform Commission will decide whether to approve applications for new charters again this winter. Fourteen proposals were submitted by the Nov. 15 deadline; that is a sharp drop from the 40 applications submitted to the SRC last year.
Ten of the 14 applications came from existing Philadelphia charter operators, including two from KIPP Philadelphia, which hopes to open schools in Strawberry Mansion and Parkside.
Wendy Harrison Nov 24, 2015 03:37 PM
Last winter the Notebook began the exciting process of planning a redesign of its website. The nonprofit contracted with P’unk Ave., a design agency in South Philadelphia, to develop a new look that strengthens the nonprofit’s online presence while being more engaging and user-friendly.
Bill Hangley Jr.on Nov 24, 2015 03:07 PM
When it comes to standardized testing, Helen Gym and Bill Green may not exactly be on the same page, but they’ve both been reading the same book.
“It’s like any pendulum – has it swung too far in favor of standardized tests? Probably,” said Green, the reform-minded School Reform Commission member and champion of data-driven decisions.
Fabiola Cineason Nov 24, 2015 03:45 PM
In Pennsylvania, the PSSAs and Keystones are probably the most familiar standardized tests, in part because of the high stakes associated with them.
But students in the School District of Philadelphia take a number of other assessments each year whose names are less well-known. Some help identify for the teacher that a child is not making sufficient progress in learning to read, and others pinpoint why.
Dale Mezzacappaon Nov 24, 2015 03:28 PM
For Djervin Uylimos, the beginning of his high school career has not been what he expected.
Not at all.
In September, the Northeast High School freshman was signed up for seven classes – English, world history, algebra, physical science, Spanish, health, and gym.
A typical roster. What is not typical is that for much of the semester so far, he has had no teacher in four of these classes.
So he has spent hours in the classroom with whatever staff member can fill in – doing busywork or turning to his smartphone.