The new SAT is out. If I'm going to teach HS English I'd best learn quickly what to do for this. From the NYT on scoring:
"In meetings before the release of the scores, test developers went over some of the elements that they liked and disliked about essays that they had seen. They emphasized that length does not guarantee success and that big words used incorrectly would pull the scores down.
"I read really good papers that had only three paragraphs," said Kathleen Williams, vice president of test development at the College Board, noting that students who relied on the pat "five-paragraph essay" might find their results disappointing if they failed to tie their thoughts together."
Miami schools are now run by Guilani's Chancellor, Rudy Crew. He took his plan for the Chancellor's Schools in NYC to Miami to have teachers spending more time with kids who need it most.
"Under a new program devised with the teachers' union, Dr. Crew was offering 20 percent more pay for 20 percent more hours for all teachers willing to work in the 39 most-troubled schools in the county, the ones he had designated as the "School Improvement Zone." He liked to describe the plan as "an internal Peace Corps"
This makes me think quite a bit. The charter school movement has some serious steam right now, and this is their entire premise: pay teachers for the extra work. KIPP keeps kids in school longer. MATCH lets kids leave early when they have acheived all of the objectives for that week, leaving those who don't understand to stay for tutoring. Such an interesting concept–and I wonder when it will come into the public school and WORK there.