Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Enrollment decline

From the PG:

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/breaking/2013/10/28/Pittsburgh-public-schools-report-enrollment-decline/stories/20131028019

Friday, October 18, 2013

Closings (not yet identified) planned for Pittsburgh public schools

From the PG:

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/education/closings-planned-for-pittsburgh-public-schools-708088/

PG article on state test results

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-west/new-state-school-tests-find-results-similar-to-old-tests-707943/

Strangely, the article specifically notes which schools in for example McKeesport and Wilkinsburg, but not which schools in PPS, are designated as "focus" or "priority" schools.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lellock sentencing

On another post Anonymous wrote

New topic please--
Anyone seen any reporting on Mr. Lellock's sentencing? How do they report...it's gonna happen, and then dont follow up? 

Teacher's account of testing

On another post Anonymous wrote


New post please:
A teacher’s troubling account of giving a 106-question standardized test to 11 year olds
By Valerie Strauss, Published: October 6 at 1:30 pm

An account from a Pittsburgh teacher was the 2 most read article in the Washington Post.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/06/a-teachers-troubling-account-of-giving-a-106-question-standardized-test-to-11-year-olds/ 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Test scores "are not the only thing"

On another post Anonymous wrote:


"Ms. Lane said the test scores matter, but they are not the only thing. She said district research of its graduates shows that the most important predictors of post-secondary education success are grade point average and attendance, not state test scores.

District officials raised several possibilities for the decline in PSSA scores, including the impact of budget cuts."

From today's PG:
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/pa-schools-report-reveals-mixed-results-in-pittsburgh-706297/

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