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Hot Topic: Standardized Testing

  http://www.metrokids.com/MetroKids/April-2015/Hot-Topic-Standardized-Testing/ The debate around the PSSA, the PARCC and the Smarter Balanced Assessment By Terri Akman and Ilene Laurel Fill in the blank: Which of these opinions about standardized tests do you most agree with? (Find the Quote Key at the bottom of this page.) “Too much time is devoted to test-taking strategies. That’s not actual education, so it seems pointless. And who hasn’t seen the local stories about principals and teachers ‘helping’ students (aka cheating)? I don’t think these tests accurately gauge where students truly are academically.” 2. “Standardized tests are related to the federal mandate of No Child Left

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Every Child Achieves Act of 2015,” bipartisan Senate legislation to reauthorize the ESEA/NCLB

    On April 7, 2015, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray released the “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015” — legislation that would reauthorize the ESEA/NCLB. The HELP Committee will begin marking up the bill on Tuesday, April 14, at 10:00 a.m. There will be an open amendment process, and we expect the markup to last through Wednesday, April 15, at a minimum. The HELP Committee has released a summary of the bill. While the bill has several laudable provisions, and we are pleased to see a bipartisan bill

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Delaware PTA 2015 Youth Summit – STUDENT VOICES HEARD

Dear Families, We hope your student will join the conversation by joining other students across our state to add their opinions & experiences in the classroom to the conversation. Registration for our Delaware PTA 2015 Youth Summit – STUDENT VOICES HEARD is now open via the PTA website:  www.delawarepta.org Attached is a flyer that we hope you will share with your networks and students in middle & high school grades, as we want to hear from all students from across the state.  We know that they have opinions, expectations and perspectives as to their classroom experiences that we as the adults may

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Family Voices: Parent to Parent Workshop

Kent and Sussex Parents Are you a parent of a child with ASD? Please share your invaluable experience! Come out to our 1 day Parent to Parent Workshop! Become a Certified Support Parent     If you would like to train to become aSupport Parent and share your knowledge, experiences, and support with someone newer to this journey, please register for this specialized training. (Please see the attached flyer.)   Wednesday,  April 15, 2015   9 A.M.-3 P.M. The ASD-P2P Training will be one-day training. Autism Delaware Office 17517 Nassau Commons Blvd. Unit #1    Lewes, DE 19958   Registration is required as materials are sent out in

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Standardized testing plays over-sized role in the Delaware public education system

  Dover, Del. April 1st — The Delaware State Education Association (DSEA) is concerned about the growing amounts of time, money and energy spent on high-stakes and standardized testing, as well as the use of student performance on these tests to make major decisions affecting individual students, educators, and schools. The overreliance on high-stakes and standardized testing in state and federal accountability systems continues to undermine educational quality and equity in U.S. public schools.  It hampers educators’ efforts to focus on the skills and knowledge that will allow students to thrive in a democracy and an increasingly global society and economy.  DSEA

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Join Us For A Day Of Advocacy

April 28, 2015  10 AM to 3 PM   Join us for a day at Legislative Hall in Dover, DE Delaware PTA invites you to join us for a day of advocacy! Come learn about grassroots advocacy and engaging local  parent leaders and increasing family engagement in your schools.  Discover Delaware PTA’s 2015 Legislative Priorities and how to promote  them in your local units and school community. There will be  a workshop on the new state assessment ( SBAC) and parent opt out. Enjoy lunch with your legislator, take a tour of Legislative Hall and attend a joint house and

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National PTA and Amazon Collaborate to Bring Kindles to Classrooms Nationwide for Family Engagement and Literacy Efforts

1,000 Kindles to be donated to PTAs in low-income schools as part of Family Reading Experience program  ALEXANDRIA, Va., (March 25, 2015) — With a shared commitment to supporting student success, National PTA® and Amazon have continued their collaboration to bring Kindles to classrooms across the country for family engagement and literacy efforts. Part of the PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle program, 1,000 Kindles will be donated to PTAs in low-income schools where 40% or more of enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle was launched in 2013 to encourage family

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