What We're Reading: PPS-SF Staff Early December Reading List

posted Dec 1, 2015, 12:11 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Dec 2, 2015, 11:35 AM ]
For your reading pleasure. Here are this week's articles from around the web that have caught our attention. 

From Education Week
The newest proposed version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—dubbed the Every Student Succeeds Act—has officially been released. Votes in both chambers of Congress are expected over the next couple weeks. If all goes as planned, the bill will reach President Barack Obama's desk by the end of the year—and he's expected to sign it. read more

From EdSource
California leads drive to reverse focus on standardized tests
When President Barack Obama declared that “unnecessary testing” is “consuming too much instructional time” and creating “undue stress for educators and students,” it was another sign that the dominant strategy over the past 15 years to use standardized tests to hold children and schools “accountable” in education reform may have reached a tipping point. read more

From The SF Examiner
Here’s a question for you: Do you think the quality of a school should be measured solely by how well students perform on annual math and English tests? We don’t think so either. That’s why the San Francisco Unified School District teamed up with eight other school districts — all members of the California Office to Reform Education (CORE) — to create the nation’s first school district accountability system that includes not only academic achievement, but also school culture and a climate of social and emotional learning. read more

From SFGate
My friends living in Marin are always impressed by my San Francisco kids when we meet up for hikes on Mount Tamalpais. My brood races breathlessly up the mountain like a team of endurance trail runners. What type of breakfast cereal am I feeding them? It has nothing to do with nutrition and everything to do with the fact that we live on a hill so steep your car might roll down it if you fail to use your parking brake. read more

From SFGate

S.F. school’s bike fleet wiped out; businesses come to the rescue
San Francisco police are searching for a thief who, in a semi-elaborate scheme, cut a hole in a fence to enter a San Francisco middle school then sneaked into a storage unit on campus through a sunroof to swipe 26 bikes during Thanksgiving break, wiping out what had originally been a fleet of 38 bikes. Two San Francisco businesses, however, plan to make Visitacion Valley Middle School’s fleet whole again. read more

From NPR
Ask yourself this question: Were you aware of inequality growing up? Your answer may depend in part on where you went to high school. Students at racially diverse schools, particularly black and Hispanic students, are more tuned in to injustice than students going to school mostly with kids that look like them. read more