Nan Austin Blog
Posted by Nan Austin on April 23, 2014
State testing continues quietly into its fourth week. This year “the test” happens for the most part without the frenetic rallies or frantic notes to parents to be sure Jane and Johnny sleep well and get to school on time.
These are the tests that Common Core critics are asking parents to opt-out of, through the form appears to forbid every other test in math and English as well. I don’t know any school that would allow students to get out of all chapter tests and pop quizzes, or surely every rebellious student would have tried it.
But I also wonder if folks understand that opting out of testing next year does nothing to change what is being taught, it just keeps anyone from knowing if their children are learning.
Posted by Nan Austin on April 18, 2014
Sitting at an information table in the Glick Middle School gym, I realized two things: First, I need to grow a teacher's voice to be heard over the chatter of 600 kids, and second, I had approached this career day thing waaaaay too seriously.
Posted by Nan Austin on April 9, 2014
The Bret Harte Elementary Chess Club faces a loss. Moves made by grown-ups likely have checkmated its plans to go to a national competition in Dallas.
Posted by Nan Austin on April 2, 2014
How much is too much to spend on computers? What might be enough to spend on upkeep and repairs? Should more help for at-risk students be a higher priority? These were the questions Turlock Unified School District trustees wrestled with Tuesday night, exactly the sorts of discussions that need to go on now that funding has been released to local control.
Posted by Nan Austin on March 20, 2014
The intersection of science, math and art takes many forms, offering lots of possibilities for unseen teaching. Also, this week kicked off the spring state testing window and a north Modesto district is one of the first in the state to submit a draft plan for spending extra funding next year.