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Class Size versus Race to the Top

Class Size versus Race to the Top

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Class Size Reduction versus Race to the Top´s corporate-style education reforms created by Leonie Haimson, Parents Across America and Voices for Education
Class Size Reduction versus Race to the Top´s corporate-style education reforms created by Leonie Haimson, Parents Across America and Voices for Education

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Class Size Reduction
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corporate-style educationreforms
Research shows demonstrated achievementgains, higher graduation rates, moreengagement and lower disciplinary rates whereclass sizes are reduced.
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Key elements including high stakes testingand privatization (expansion of charter schools and online learning) have nobacking in research or experience.
 
Institute of Education Sciences, research arm of the US Dept. of Education, cites class sizereduction as one of four reforms proven to workthrough rigorous evidence.
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Nat. Acad. of Sciences issued 2 reportsshowing no evidence that high stakestesting or merit pay will improve schools andmay have damaging effects.
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Numerousstudies show teacher merit
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Most authoritative analysis of charter schools (CREDO) shows charters onaverage have no better results.
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Online K12learning has no research supportwhatsoever.Finland, with greatest gains on internationalcomparisons like the PISA, turned around
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class size.
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Finland has no standardized testing untilfinal years of HS (for college entrancedecisions); in other grades, only usesstandardized exams on small samples of students.
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Class size reduction supported by public schoolteachers and parents
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stakeholder groupsclosest to conditions on the ground.
 
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schools rather than improving them andmore high-stakes testing, have little publicsupport, according to PDK/Gallup poll.
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Smaller classes tend to decrease teacher attrition rates and lead to a more experienced,effective teaching force.
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Teacher evaluations tied to unreliable testscores causes good teachers to becomedemoralized and/or lose jobs.
 
Smaller classes foster deeper reflection,creativity and learning through questioning,discussion and debate.High stakes testing leads to cheating and/or excessive test prep, narrowing of curriculum, rote learning, and weakenscreative thinking and inventiveness criticalfor economic growth.
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Since 1990, for firsttime, American creativity declining, mostseriously among children in K-6
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Greatest benefits of class size reductionreceived by students with the greatest need:low-income, minority students. This reform isone of few proven strategies to significantlynarrow the achievement gap.
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Competition, privatization & high stakestesting hurts at-risk students most; ascharter schools tend to exclude or push outstruggling students. High stakes testinglabels schools and teachers as failing wherethere is highest concentration of need,unfairly causing these schools to be closedor teachers to be fired, leading to massivedislocation and soaring dropout rates.
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