Gates Foundation: Common Core is in Trouble, but It Works and We are Doubling Down to Make Sure Everyone Gets It

Here is an informative newsletter from Sue Desmond-Hellman, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reporting on the foundation’s big efforts around the world, including its program to fix US education. The foundation remains convinced that Common Core works. The Gates Foundation was the funder of the Common Core standards. Bill Gates explained that the Common Core was valuable because standardization is necessary…

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Here is an informative newsletter from Sue Desmond-Hellman, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reporting on the foundation’s big efforts around the world, including its program to fix US education.

The foundation remains convinced that Common Core works. The Gates Foundation was the funder of the Common Core standards. Bill Gates explained that the Common Core was valuable because standardization is necessary, just as standard electric plugs and outlets are necessary. Desmond-Hellman points to Kentucky as proof that it works. The letter does not mention that the black-white achievement gap has grown wider in Kentucky since the adoption of the Common Core standards. Did they not know?

She says that the problems are due to the complexity of the undertaking, and teachers’ need for more support and resources. The foundation intends to double down on its efforts to implement the standards, because it is convinced that high standards will…

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Good News! Oklahoma Eliminates VAM!

The Oklahoma legislature passed a law eliminating student test scores as part of teacher evaluation. Hawaii did the same last week. Bit by bit, the most ill-advised, costly, and demoralizing part of Race to the Top is being rejected by the states. It has no research base. Researchers find that measuring teachers by their student scores is unreliable, unstable, and varies by the composition of the class.

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The Oklahoma legislature passed a law eliminating student test scores as part of teacher evaluation. Hawaii did the same last week. Bit by bit, the most ill-advised, costly, and demoralizing part of Race to the Top is being rejected by the states. It has no research base. Researchers find that measuring teachers by their student scores is unreliable, unstable, and varies by the composition of the class. Its biggest contribution to American education has been to drive out good teachers and create s teacher shortage.

House leaders unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that eliminates the requirement to use student academic growth in Oklahoma’s teacher evaluation system.

House Bill 2957, which is estimated to save Oklahoma school districts millions of dollars and the Oklahoma State Department of Education more than $500,000, has been sent to the governor’s desk for signature.

“Amid this difficult budget year when public education has faced a…

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5/25 Oregon Update!

Since the last article, I’ve collected updated numbers from Multnomah, Clackamas, & Marion counties but, because many counties do not have further updates scheduled until June 1st, I’ve been unable to collect enough information to give an accurate projection for how many more votes will ultimately be added. Nonetheless, I’ve unearthed an additional…

2,132 votes cast for Sanders & Clinton

Sanders has 1,583 of them and Clinton has 549! Then, adding them all to my updated total from the previous article…

Bernie Sanders 56.8% (350,757 votes) + 1,583
Hillary Clinton 43.2% (266,341 votes) + 549
Total Votes Cast: 617,098 + 2,132

We arrive at the most-recent count, which is…

Bernie Sanders 56.9% (352,340 votes)
Hillary Clinton 43.1% (266,890 votes)
Total Votes Cast: 619,230

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oregon UPDATE


Greetings, my friends! This is just a quick update on the number of votes that the Associated press (still) isn’t reporting from the Oregon democratic primary. If you’re confused about where I’m getting these numbers, I suggest you go back and read the last article that I wrote on the unreported Oregon results.

Since the last article, I’ve collected updated numbers from Multnomah, Clackamas, & Marion counties but, because many counties do not have further updates scheduled until June 1st, I’ve been unable to collect enough information to give an accurate projection for how many more votes will ultimately be added. Nonetheless, I’ve unearthed an additional…

2,132 votes cast for Sanders & Clinton

Sanders has 1,583 of them and Clinton has 549! Then, adding them all to my updated total from the previous article…

Bernie Sanders 56.8% (350,757 votes) + 1,583
Hillary Clinton 43.2% (266,341 votes) + 549
Total Votes…

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