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Joy Resmovits
Joy Resmovits is a Huffington Post education reporter.

She most recently worked as a Fellow at the Jewish Daily Forward. Before that, she wrote for the Wall Street Journal's Greater New York section. She has also contributed to the New York Daily News, Education Update, the Columbia Daily Spectator, and the St. Louis Beacon. She graduated from Barnard College.

Entries by Joy Resmovits

SAT Changes Include Fewer Answer Choices, Shorter Mandatory Test Time

(30) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 12:01 AM

The College Board on Wednesday released blueprints for a redesigned SAT test, giving an early first look at what's in store for many students with college aspirations. Among the changes: Multiple choice questions will have four possible answer choices, instead of five, and reading passages will contain significantly more nonfiction...

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Bill De Blasio Is Actually More Helpful To Charter Schools Than Some Republicans, Report Says

(56) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:00 PM

NEW YORK -- Last fall, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) waged his successful populist campaign in part on reversing his predecessor Michael Bloomberg's education policies -- particularly Bloomberg's dramatic expansion and preferential treatment of charter schools. In a move that pleased many voters, de Blasio threatened to...

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And The World's Best Problem-Solvers Are...

(118) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 4:00 AM

American students are barely above the average of 44 countries and economies in problem-solving skills, far behind teens in Asia, according to the first international test of that attribute in 15-year-olds.

U.S. teens on average earned a score of 508 on the Programme for International Student Assessment -- Creative Problem...

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The Nation's Most Segregated Schools Aren't Where You'd Think They'd Be

(695) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 11:01 AM

NEW YORK -- The nation's most segregated schools aren't in the deep south -- they're in New York, according to a report released Tuesday by the University of California, Los Angeles' Civil Rights Project.

That means that in 2009, black and Latino students in New York "had the highest concentration...

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American Schools Are STILL Racist, Government Report Finds

(2577) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 12:01 AM

Public school students of color get more punishment and less access to veteran teachers than their white peers, according to surveys released Friday by the U.S. Education Department that include data from every U.S. school district.

Black students are suspended or expelled at triple the rate of their white...

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Students Probably Do Less Homework Than You Think, Study Says

(114) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 11:56 PM

The portrait of the American student buried under a crippling load of homework has been way overblown in news articles, argues a new report from the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank.

Homework loads have actually been stable over the last 30 years, despite front-page reports of overworked kids...

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Bill Gates Comes To The Defense Of The Common Core

(330) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Bill Gates is rallying teachers to support an embattled cause, the Common Core State Standards.

At a speech Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C., the Microsoft co-founder is lending his voice to save the standards. According to prepared remarks provided to The Huffington Post, Gates told educators at the National Board...

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Yes, Schools Do Discriminate Against Students Of Color -- Reports

(163) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 6:00 AM

A so-called school-to-prison pipeline flows from school discipline that lands disproportionately on students with disabilities and students of color, according to a set of reports by 26 experts released on Thursday.

African-American students and students with disabilities are suspended at "hugely disproportionate rates compared to white students," said a report...

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Kansas School Funding Declared Unconstitutional By State Supreme Court

(122) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 5:52 PM

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled the state's funding of public schools to be unconstitutional, a declaration likely to have effects beyond the state's borders.

The decision ordered the immediate reversal of recent education cuts, but told a lower court to reconsider the potential $1 billion...

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Wendy Davis On Education: 'We Texans Have A Different Way Of Doing Things'

(20) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 6:40 PM

AUSTIN, Texas -- Fresh from winning the Democratic nomination in the Texas governor's race, state Sen. Wendy Davis outlined her education platform at the SXSWedu conference on Wednesday, drawing a stark contrast with her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott.

"I've laid out a detailed platform …...

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New SAT To Bring Back 1600-Point Scale -- With Optional Essay

(200) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 1:18 PM

AUSTIN, Texas -- The venerable SAT college admissions test will look very different in spring 2016. And, according to the new test's architect, there will be "no more mysteries."

The essay will be optional, and will be based on a source document included in the test. The top test score...

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Obama's Budget Boosts Preschool, Access To Top Teachers, But Freezes Many Education Programs

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 5:41 PM

President Barack Obama's 2015 budget request increases education funding 2 percent over the previous year, cheering many education advocates, and proposes a revamped Race to the Top competition that focuses on opportunity for all students and a tobacco tax to pay for a previously-announced preschool expansion...

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Students With Disabilities Aim For A College Degree, But Often Get Stuck

(17) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 6:59 PM

When he was a kid, Will Farrior was "just like your average child and student making A's and B's while participating in extracurricular activities," the 26-year-old told a Senate committee on Thursday.

Farrior started struggling in fifth grade, he said, but it took doctors a full three years to...

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Major Charter School Chain To Lose Space Under New De Blasio Plan

(271) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 12:38 PM

NEW YORK -- Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling back the space-sharing arrangements for nine schools, including three charter schools that are part of Success Academy, a high-profile school chain whose leader has been a frequent de Blasio target, the administration announced Tuesday.

De Blasio made the announcement official through...

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Blind Students Will Not Be Left Behind In Common Core Testing, Settlement Says

(4) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 6:18 PM

Just five weeks after a New Milford, N.J., family filed a federal lawsuit, a major standardized-testing consortium tasked with writing exams tied to the Common Core has agreed to speed up its timeline for making Braille practice tests available, according to a settlement reached Monday.

On Jan. 17, the National...

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Washington State May Be Forced To Revive No Child Left Behind

(42) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 8:00 AM

As states face mounting criticism for rushing to grade teachers based on students' standardized test scores, they confront a crucial choice: Move ahead full-speed on teacher evaluations, or slow down to calm teachers and ensure permanent changes take root.

But for those who choose to slow down, there likely...

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School Improvement Grant Report Revised, Still Shows One-Third Of Schools' Scores Decreased

(90) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 2:35 PM

After an outside contractor bungled an analysis of a major federal school turnaround program, the U.S. Department of Education has issued corrected results -- and they're not much better.

Like the previous one, the new report shows that about one-third of schools in the program decreased...

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Congressmen Warn Education Department Not To Let Minority Students Slip Through The Cracks

(9) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 3:16 PM

The grandfather of the No Child Left Behind Act is putting the feds on notice, warning them not to pervert the education law's principles -- and he's stressing that he's not alone in his fight.

NCLB co-author Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and...

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New York Students With Disabilities May Soon Take Easier Tests Than Their Peers

(17) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 6:30 AM

A proposal to test some severely disabled students on lower educational standards advanced in New York on Tuesday, paving the way for a potential collision course between the state and the federal government.

The New York State Board of Regents voted to support a proposal that would...

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Obama Restates Old Education Commitments In 2014 State Of The Union Address

(4) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 6:05 PM

President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address ran short on fresh education policy ideas, unlike in previous years, according to the text of his speech.

Instead of announcing new initiatives, Obama mostly expanded on proposals he announced during and since last year's State of the Union address, tying...

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