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Campaign: Instruction

A cancer cloaked in benign language

sounds no no child left behind 2.0, which translates as "no teacher or student left standing." this will undermine everything that is good about education, such as the arts, curiosity, learning, and everything in between. in the name of "standardization," we stamp out individuality, choice, creativity, and equal access.

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When standardized tests are useful

Standardized tests are useful to students, to teachers, and to the direct administrators of teachers -- that is, to those people who have been trained in the use and interpretation of test results. Standardized tests are misinterpreted and then misused by people who are not trained.

Faulty use of tests wastes the time of administrators and teachers and deprives students of instruction.

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Letter from the Sacramento City College Academic Senate

Sacramento City College Academic Senate Letter to the 1143 Student Success Task Force The Academic Senate of Sacramento City College sincerely thanks the Student Success Task Force for this opportunity to respond to their Report. Particularly, we would like to affirm their recommendation that California not move to a performance based funding model. Struggling as we are to serve students in the aftermath of dramatic ...more »

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Are book publishers the best experts on assessment?

As many community college students enroll at more than one college and transfer credits among colleges, I like the idea IN PRINCIPLE of a common assessment method. If we could all agree on the entry and exit skills associated with a given level of English or Math, and an English course one-level-below-college was comparable and transferable among colleges, that would facilitate college completion. I am deeply concerned, ...more »

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Resolution by Counseling Faculty at Allan Hancock College

This is the resolution that was written and approved by the Counseling Faculty at Allan Hancock College. Whereas, At its October 15, 2011, meeting the California Community College Independents (CCCI) passed a “Resolution in Response to the Draft Recommendations of the California Community College Task Force on Student Success”; Whereas, The positions expressed in the CCCI resolution are consistent with one exception ...more »

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Basic Skills needs to include computer and information literacy.

It is a prevalent assumption that younger students already know computer skills, but the reality is that many know social computer skills but not workplace skills. Older, often displaced workers, or those seeking to keep or get better jobs need to develop or upgrade computer skills. For example, an important group of students in our applications classes were laid off from a local college, and need to be retrained in Windows ...more »

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Student Success Task Force

The following recommendations will provide more classes available for serious, motivated and responsible students in CCs. Taxing the rich alone, without educational reform, won’t solve the economic shortfall in California education. Without these changes CCs will continue to reward less motivated, less, less responsible and less committed students and reduce the number of classes available for students who are more committed ...more »

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Academic Senate President, Chabot Community College

Response to the Task Force on Student Success by The Academic Senate of Chabot Community College, Hayward Submitted by: Kathy Kelley, Academic Senate President The Academic Senate of Chabot Community College appreciates the serious budgetary shortfalls of the State of California and the expense of a community college system that is open to any person over 18 years of age regardless of preparation or educational goal. ...more »

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Jane Vallely

The student success task force document appears “deeply flawed”. It is of great concern that a group of people come up with many suggestions that have not been thought through. A group that feels they know the diverse population of students at the community college better than faculty and counselors who are closer to the issues of student success. There needs to be more time and discussion. System wide goals should ...more »

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ESL Tutor

In order to accelerate student progress, ESL tutors must be available to new learners. Tutors must have active teaching credentials, an advanced degree and certification in teaching ESL. I cannot expect work study students tutoring tutoring new L2 learners. Why, because teaching ESL is a profession and should be left to professional educators.

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Apprenticeship Programs are getting Americans back to work

After attending the regional community Town Hall meeting, the idea of Apprenticeships programs was introduced as a way for individuals to recieve a salary while recieving training. Since these are strong CTE programs it should be considered to be part of a successful CTE program even though they don't always recieve a certificate from a Community College.

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Develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing ESL education -

The Cypress College Reading, English, and ESL Departments support both the Academic Senate’s resolution 6.04 ( adopted Fall 2011) to remove ESL students from the SSTF and the summary of previous responses by the ESL community on the SSTF website: "An important clarification was submitted by the ESL community, who were concerned that credit ESL classes were lumped in with developmental courses or with personal enrichment ...more »

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