The following hyperlinks may help in your study of the topics presented in this class. If you find a link that is no longer working or have a link you belive should be added to this page, please notify me.
Important Social Studies Sites:
This is a must site for all social studies majors!
NCSS Homepage and the National Council for Social Studies Standards for Classroom Teachers.
Information on the Ohio Social Studies Academic Content Standards is HERE. I have also made copies available in the CRC. You will need to have these incorporated in your unit plans.
A must-read site:
This is required reading for all those enrolled. It is a centerpiece for understanding the current condition of social studies education in shaping democratic citizenship. The Future of the First Amendment
Hoover's Site on Proficiency Testing, The Ohio School Report Cards, Educator Accountability, and NCLB is HERE.
The Hoover-Shook site on NCLB specifics is HERE.
Sites on Creating Internet Pages:
This is where you can find information on every aspect of web page development for the beginner through the pro:
The Web Developers Virtual Library
A good place to find a variety of information both on the WWW itself and web page development:
Yahoo's Hyperlinks to Web Page Development and Information
Required Reading on the Topic of Technology in the Schools:
This link will take you to the entire, and hyperlinked, text of Todd Oppenheimer's article in July 1997 issue of "The Atlantic Monthly." This is probably the best single article on computer technology I have seen to date. Read it in light of what we see and hear regarding the "infusion of technology into classroom settings" and in terms of the concepts, principles, and ideas discussed in class.
The Computer Delusion by Todd Oppenheimer.
(Permission to use this article has been granted to Randy L. Hoover by Patricia Busch, Permissions Editor, The Atlantic Monthly 10-3-1997.)
Site Dealing with the Realities of Standardized Testing:
Hoover's Ohio Proficiency Test Analysis
(Regional and State-wide Results, The Data, Commentary, and Links)
The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) is an "advocacy organization working to end the abuses, misuses and flaws of standardized testing and ensure that evaluation of students and workers is fair, open, and educationally sound." Their site is extremely valuable for all reflective teachers and elemental to our study of assessment in 800G. This is a must-surf section for everyone in the class!
Home Page of FairTest
This article is a straightforward examination of the accountability problems associated with standardized testing. It is a must read for reflective teachers who recognize the serious lack of validity of standardized tests and who understand that such tests serve to arbitrarily disadvantage large numbers of innocent students.
New Thinking on Accountability
This site is a table of contents for articles on the problems of standarized testing all all levels of schooling and articles produced by the public organization called Fair Test. I have placed it here to help you locate sources of knowledge about the issues and problems associated with testing.
Table of Contents for Articles on Testing Issues
"NEW STATE-BY-STATE SURVEY CONCLUDES MOST ASSESSMENT SYSTEMS NEED MAJOR CHANGES; STATES JUST 'TINKERING AT THE EDGES OF REFORM'"This is the overview, the state-by-state report,the Ohio scorecard (note the refusal of the Voinovich administration to cooperate with the study), and the findings/recommendations of the latest (10-1997) critique of standardized testing done by FairTest. "FairTest based its evaluation of state assessment programs on the Principles and Indicators for Student Assessment Systems. The Principles were developed by the National Forum on Assessment to help guide assessment reform and have been signed by over 80 education and civil rights groups."
Overview of FairTest State-by-State Study of Assessment System
Testing Our Children: A Report Card on State Assessment Systems
The Ohio Report Card
The Major Findings of Testing Our Children: A Report Card on State Assessment