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Chalkbeat asks right question – writes wrong headline

July 16, 2015 pm31 1:23 pm

Chalkbeat writes an article about how common core algebra rigged-lower scores have concerned parents, teachers, and schools.

But they give it headlines that say something else

Concerns mount over tougher Algebra Regents test, and officials promise a review
Responses reflect ongoing uneasiness with the pace of New York’s adoption of the Common Core standards

– that we are concerned about implementation (nope – don’t like CC at all) and that says we are worried about tougher tests (nope, we are concerned that the scoring scale was rigged to make strong students score not so well).

This is advocacy-based journalism. When the facts don’t match the preferred story-line, use the headline to tell a story that differs from the facts.

There have been many people concerned, not just me.

But here’s what I wrote. Here’s what Patrick Honner wrote. You decide.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Arthur Goldstein permalink
    July 16, 2015 pm31 4:16 pm 4:16 pm

    Kind of ironic that we’re not even trusted to grade our own kids while NYS blatantly rigs scores. Maybe they think we’re like them.

    • July 17, 2015 pm31 12:23 pm 12:23 pm

      The “we don’t trust you to grade your own kids’ work” is absolutely ridiculous. We grade every bit of what our students do – that’s our job. Why doesn’t the state want someone else to grade my class’ projects and quizzes?

      • Arthur Goldstein permalink
        July 17, 2015 pm31 3:13 pm 3:13 pm

        Sometimes people who lie and cheat just assume everyone else does too. But of course we should grade our own kids. If we can’t do that, they should never have hired us in the first place.

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