Oh, Dr. Seuss. They’ve turned our country into Flobbertown.

Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. In the art room, we make stove pipe hats and read his last book, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! The rest of the school is taking ISAT tests.  Shhh. Don’t make any noise.

“All schools for miles and miles around
Must take a special test,
To see who’s learning such and such –
To see which school’s the best.
If our small school does not do well,
Then it will be torn down,
And you will have to go to school
In dreary Flobbertown.”

The call it stormy Monday, but Tuesday’s just as bad.

Today we start a week of ISAT testing. I’m just sayin’.

In New York, Bloomberg is threatening to layoff thousands of teachers. Some schools would lose half their faculty.

Union leaders dismissed the layoff document as a scare tactic from Bloomberg, who last year called off planned teacher layoffs.

Teachers union President Michael Mulgrew – who supports the current seniority rules – rejected the projections as “fear-mongering from Mayor Bloomberg” and “irresponsible.”

“With a $3 billion budget surplus, he doesn’t need to do layoffs at all,” Mulgrew said about the unexpected boost in tax revenues.

Says JD2718:

He is trying to line up political support and public opinion against seniority. It is a fraud because layoffs are not necessary. The money is there. He wants this crisis.

Says NYC Educator:

This is a man who’s made his motto “Children First.” How does he put children first? Apparently, by letting them know precisely which of their teachers are to be fired. Likely he will explain how getting rid of an objective layoff system will reduce the layoffs–by targeting higher-paid teachers he will be able to retain a higher number of them.

 

The secret of making AYP. Don’t give the test to kids who won’t do well.

The corruption surrounding Illinois’ state standardized testing results continues this year.

Rich East High School solved their testing problem by simply not giving the test to the students they guessed wouldn’t do well. And they’re not breaking any rules when they do it.

Tribune:

Rich East High School has seen state test scores for its 11th-graders improve by a stunning 37 percent during the last two years — a gain so impressive that regional education officials asked the Park Forest school to host a seminar to help others emulate its success.

There’s only one problem: Rich East did not give the Prairie State Achievement Exam to about 40 percent of its juniors last school year. And it excluded the ones furthest behind academically.

It’s not the only school to keep the most underachieving students off the books, according to a Tribune analysis of new state Report Card test data.