‘The greatest letter ever sent home from school’

This letter – sent home to parents from a school in England – is making the rounds on social media. We found it on the Message in a Bottle blog and when we posted it to the WEAC Facebook page, it struck a nerve. As of this writing, it has been shared from the WEAC Facebook page more than 500 times and has reached more than 83,000 Facebook users.

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Does high stakes testing align with a ‘highly effective learning environment’?

One of the characteristics that author Terry Heick lists as evidence of a highly effective learning environment is that “criteria for success is balanced and transparent. … It should not be entirely weighted on ‘participation,’ assessment results, attitude, or other individual factors, but rather meaningfully melted into a cohesive framework that makes sense—not to you, […]

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