Matthew Levey’s three children attend New York City public schools. His wife teaches high school English as a Second Language. He is working to open a charter school in 2015.
One father advises parents to remain calm when they look up their child’s state test results, slated to be available Monday on ARIS. "Your child has not become a lot less (or more) competent in just one year, no matter what the score says," he says.
In our latest Viewpoint, a father active in the New York City public school system likens the schools to the restaurant chain Cheesecake Factory which, he says, can teach us a lot about how to improve the schools.
An active parent argues that as long as teaching strategies and curricula stay the same, the lofty goals of the Common Core State Standards will not be met.
In an opinion article in response to a recent New York Times essay, a parent writes: "Before dropping algebra in favor of more ‘useful’ mathematics, we would do well to first examine how we deliver and assess the most fundamental aspects of math education."
Almost everybody who is interested in education can agree that accountability is a good thing. But many people are growing angry that testing used by many school systems is flawed or at best imprecise, a parent writes.
An education advocate writes: Teacher quality is like baseball and apple pie. All of us who care about education reform can embrace it -- in principle. But how we measure and strengthen it is where consensus quickly falls apart. One idea that rarely comes up in the discussion: Why not include parents in the evaluation process?
Studies show that test-focused education is not preparing students for college, says a writer. So why not substitute testing for all with a program of test-based audits using samples of students?, the author asks in an opinion article.