[ProgressiveEd] Re: ProgressiveEd digest, Vol 1 #110 - 2 msgs

Sabina Ellentuck [email protected]
Thu, 22 May 2003 12:37:49 -0400

To Helene, from the Bronx New School, (or anyone else who can answer!):
Please state briefly what a CEP is.  
Thank you, Sabina Ellentuck, Muscota School
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   1. Test Scores Drop and More Students Pass--a National Trend ([email protected])
   2. CEP What has your schools position been? (HARTMAN-KUTNOWSKY, Helene)
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To: [email protected] (progressive education)
Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 13:45:14 +0000
Subject: [ProgressiveEd] Test Scores Drop and More Students Pass--a National Trend
LOWERING THE THRESHOLD:  The New York Times finally took note this morning of a 
national trend that educational policy analyst have predicted and documented 
for some time.  States are lowering the cutscore for mandatory state exams so 
that more students "pass."  While the trend started even before No Child Left 
Behind, states are lowering the pass cut score at an alarming rate to comply 
with NCLB mandates that students pass state tests to progress to the next 
the papers yesterday reported that NYC 4th graders improved their reading 
scores on the mandatory State exam.  However, the Daily News was the only paper 
to strongly suggest that improved test scores might be the result of programs 
and practices instituted before Mayoral control and a universal curriculum.  
The Daily News also pointed out that imposing a universal reading curriculum 
might hamper the progress being made by schools already showing improvement 
with their existing curriculum. 
Carolyn Prager
Advocates for Public
Representation in Public Education
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Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 10:06:40 -0400
Subject: [ProgressiveEd] CEP What has your schools position been?
I am a parent at the Bronx New School and at last night at the SLT,  the
issue of the CEP came up.  We were undecided about whether we should sign
it, now that it reflects what seems to us, a rigid standardized plan.  Our
school did not get a waiver.  We were divided, with most parents feeling
that we should sign the document because it isn't really used for much and
that to make an issue might cause more problems.  Some parents felt that we
should not sign it, because signing it would show some agreement with a plan
that few parents in our school are happy about.  We would like to know how
other schools have handled this issue.
Helene Hartman-Kutnowsky, PA Secretary
The Bronx New School
3200 Jerome Ave.
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