Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
New Jersey's lame duck education commissioner, Lucille Davy, released the following statement this week:
In May 2010, all students enrolled in an Algebra I course will take the Algebra I End of Course (EOC) Assessment. This administration will act as a formative assessment in preparation for the spring 2011 administration when passing the Algebra I EOC will be a graduation requirement. We have examined the results of the May, 2009 administration and are very concerned about the performance of the students on this assessment.
Thus she has single handedly confused the entire NJ mathematics education community and the students of NJ as on one hand she has committed the state to the Achieve Benchmarks and the Algebra I exam and on the other hand she has committed to the Common Core Standards. Thus, schools will have to change curricula now to meet the first and then change again later to meet the second.
Friday, November 13, 2009
With the Race to the Top (federal education stimulus money) about to begin. It is interesting to see the huge contrast between Pennsylvania (who will compete for the funds) and New Jersey (who needs to read it). Quotes (Philadelphia Inquirer - Nov 13th) from each top education official are below.
Pennsylvania Education Secretary Gerald Zahorchak said he welcomed the competition.
The availability of Race to the Top funds presents a tremendous opportunity for all Pennsylvania's schools to build on our academic gains, and we are poised to compete vigorously for these funds," Zahorchak said in a statement. Zahorchak said Pennsylvania was on track to be "one of the first" states to apply for Race to the Top money, he said. The deadline for the first round of applications is in January.
In contrast, New Jersey Education Secretary Lucille Davy said her department had just received the 200-page application and wanted to review it before commenting.