Privacy concerns are growing among parents, educators and some state officials about a Gates Foundation-funded project that is storing an unprecedented amount of personal information about millions of students in a $100 million database that cannot guarantee complete security.
At the end of last school year, news started to emerge about districts’ plans to share student and teacher performance data with a national network of data feeds and analytics called InBloom (formerly the Shared Learning Collaborative). The story flared and died. The issues still remain.
Arthur Applebee of SUNY Albany expertly lays out the promises and pitfalls of the Common Core Literacy Standards. In short, they could have been more than they are and are being tainted by a rushed implementation full of poor assessment decisions.
During the spring 2013, four of my secondary education social studies students participated in a field test of the Pearson edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment). They created elaborate online portfolios demonstrating planning, instruction, and assessment and including video segments from three lessons and sample student work. I cannot provide specific details about the assessment for student teachers because in order for my students and Hofstra University to participate in the field test I was required to sign a confidentiality agreement. However, information about edTPA is available online from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch acknowledged the roll-out of New York’s tough new Common Core standards have “created a lot upheaval and displacement.” But at a state Senate hearing in Manhattan, she defended the changes as necessary in preparing children for 21st-century jobs, while assuring parents and teachers that steps are being taken so they “can be part of this conversation.”