4/7/2016 – Why The Panama Papers Scandal Is About Cheating School Children

THIS WEEK: Pre-K Closes Achievement Gaps … A Teacher’s Race Matters … Fewer Poor Students Are In College … Teacher Shortages Continue … Testing Flaws


Why The Panama Papers Scandal Is About Cheating School Children

By Jeff Bryant

“Leaked documents, called the Panama Papers, show the myriad ways in which wealthy people …. exploit offshore havens to avoid paying taxes … But much of the reporting about the Panama Papers overlooks two critically important contexts … Tax avoidance at a much smaller scale is actually quite commonplace right where you live … The effects of tax avoidance, in all its forms, are actually most consequential on the individual lives of the least powerful.”
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The Policy That Could All But Eliminate Achievement Gaps Between Rich And Poor Students

The Huffington Post

“Low-income students could gain more than five months of additional reading skills by attending a high-quality preschool, according to the analysis, which would reduce their learning gap by 41%. Black children could nearly close their achievement gap in reading by gaining nearly seven months of learning, and Hispanic children could completely catch up to white students in reading skills before kindergarten. Results [are] similar for math.”
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White Teachers And Black Teachers Have Different Expectations For Black Students

The Washington Post

“When a white (or other non-black) teacher and a black teacher evaluate the same black student, the study found, the white teacher is 30% less likely to believe that the student will graduate from a four-year college – and 40% less likely to believe the student will graduate from high school. The discrepancy [is] even greater for black male students … Race affects how teachers see and treat their students.”
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Fewer Poor Students Are Being Enrolled In State Universities. Here’s Why

The Conversation

“In the face of increasingly tight budgets and pressures to demonstrate their effectiveness to legislators, more and more states are tying at least some higher education funding to student outcomes … Such funding policies … may be reducing access for low-income students at public colleges … States should consider placing provisions in both their enrollment-based and performance-based funding systems to encourage colleges to continuing to enroll an economically diverse student body.”
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Teacher Shortages Continue Nationwide

AMI News

“The nation continues to weather a shortage of qualified teachers … Most troubling in this job market is the dearth of math, science and technology teachers … While teaching is seen as a stable career by some and as a high calling by many, education schools have weathered the perception that jobs are typically low-paying and conditions are tough. Retention is also a huge and costly issue … In 2012-2013, 7.7% of teachers left the profession … up from 5.6% in 1988-1989.”
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The Fatal Flaw of Educational Assessment

Education Week

Renowned education assessment expert James Popham writes, “We currently use the wrong tests to make our most important educational decisions … Most policymakers, and almost all parents of school-age children do not realize how these tests contribute to diminished educational quality … Comparison-focused educational tests … [have] completely dominated America’s educational testing for almost a century … However, tests built chiefly for comparisons are not suitable for purposes of instruction or evaluation of instructional quality in education. These tests provide teachers with few instructional insights and typically lead to inaccurate evaluations of a teacher’s instructional quality.”
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