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Does Research Based Reform Require Standardized Tests?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.16.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Whenever I speak about evidence-based reform someone always asks this question: "Won't all of these randomized evaluations just reinforce teaching to ...

How to pick CEOs when you have skin in the game

Jeffrey M Cohn | Posted 06.08.2016 | Business
Jeffrey M Cohn

We got curious recently about how private equity partners--widely considered financial engineers and quant jocks--choose CEOs after they acquire a company. Do they have a more scientific, rigorous methodology than the typical board of directors?

Is Testing Creating a Toxic Culture in Schools?

Ossa Fisher | Posted 05.16.2016 | Parents
Ossa Fisher

Sometimes I wonder if the standardized testing we do in many of our schools today does just that: judges fish on their climbing ability. Many assessments evaluate unnecessary academic skills that have no basis in determining if a child is ready to move on to the next level of learning.

"Pray" for Success: How to Take the Guesswork Out of Social Finance

Jason Saul | Posted 05.12.2016 | Impact
Jason Saul

We believe that the future of SIBs and social finance is brighter than ever. But if we are to create a true social capital market, we must be more rigorous, intentional and outcomes-driven than the current approaches.

Bad Hiring Is A Choice

David B. Nast | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
David B. Nast

A mistake made once can be learned from. A mistake made twice is a choice. How many times have you interviewed a candidate you thought walked on wat...

Elections and Assessments -- A Citizens' View

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.03.2016 | Education
Harry Boyte

In our "Bridging Differences" conversation on Education Week, Deborah Meier raised the role of "structures" in a democratic way of life in her last blog. She brings to mind my discussions with students at Lonestar Community College in Houston last week.

I'm Opting Out of Opt-Out

Shannon Sevier | Posted 02.29.2016 | Education
Shannon Sevier

Mass opt-out comes at a real cost to the goals of educational equity and individual student achievement while leaving the question of assessment quality unanswered.

Supporting Great Teaching During Change

Teach Plus | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

The adoption of college and career ready standards now invite the questions: How do teachers, students, and families know students are meeting these higher standards? What expectations have been communicated to teachers about what students should be able to do with what they have learned?

How Moral Reasoning in Business Can Provide You with the Best Course of Action - Part 1

Tom Garrubba | Posted 09.04.2015 | Business
Tom Garrubba

Though I am not a psychologist, I have spent many years managing teams, leading projects, and advising people - experiences that have helped me realiz...

High-Stakes Assessment the Right Way!

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 07.24.2016 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

Nacho and I will graduate, and we did not even take a standardized test, but boy-oh-boy do I know what he knows and is able to do.

The Master Storyteller: How Changing Your Stories Can Change Your Future

Rachel Verlik | Posted 06.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rachel Verlik

How many of us tell ourselves stories? Not the bedtime kind, nor the perfect crafted happy ending kind. I'm talking about our own internal stories t...

Why Going Slow Will Make You Go Faster

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

When we start to move too fast, we often do not see what we need to see. It is important to move slow enough to make the necessary corrections as they come up. If not, we end up spending more time because we need to go back fixing things that have gone astray.

Test Smarter

Teach Plus | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Annual testing is valuable, but students deserve a system that protects them from unnecessary, redundant tests. Congress should ensure that the SMART Act is included in the final ESEA bill that it sends to the president, because this will make us all smarter educators and give us additional time to make our students learn smarter.

As ESEA Turns 50, the Fate of Our Most Vulnerable Students Hangs in the Balance

Teach Plus | Posted 06.14.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

An important part of the answer of why we test is this: to provide useful data for teachers about students' progress. I use data from my students' assessments to inform and improve my instruction so that my students learn more, and so that, in turn, I grow as a professional.

Grade-Span Tests Are Not the Answer

Teach Plus | Posted 06.07.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Congress can ensure a better future for our kids by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that empowers schools to limit redundant benchmarking assessments, maintains annual standardized tests for third through eighth grade, and changes the stakes to offer more support to teachers serving students with the greatest needs.

Student Progress and Teacher Improvement through State Annual Testing

Teach Plus | Posted 05.23.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

The Common Core State Standards would ensure that Brandon would be not fall "behind" if his family needed to move to another state. But having high standards like CCSS is not enough. The standards must go hand-in-hand with high-quality annual assessments that provide data for Brandon's teachers wherever he happens to attend school.

Yearly Testing: A Must-Have for Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

If grade-span testing were to take the place of annual assessments, educators like myself would lose a critical source of data to help us identify the needs of students and make use of every learning moment.

The New Gender Divide in Education

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

While many countries can claim victory in having closed gender gaps in the knowledge and skills of boys and girls, we may have lost sight of important social and emotional dimensions of learning that may be far more predictive for the future life choices of children.

If We Are Not Growing Students, Why Teach?

Teach Plus | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

If we're to meet the education goals we have set as a nation, if we are committed to liberty and justice for all, and if each student is to meet their individual goals, we need assessment as part of the NCLB reauthorization that is now debated by Congress. Only then will we have a critical tool necessary to help us move forward and grow our students. Otherwise, why teach?

ESEA Reauthorization Should Include Annual Assessments

Teach Plus | Posted 05.03.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

I believe that the ESEA reauthorization should allow for schools and districts to take a streamlined, positive, student-centered approach to annual assessment then annual testing. In order for this to work, the assessment must be aligned to college and career standards.

Searching for the Perfect Employee

Alexander Dresner | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Alexander Dresner

The talent market is a highly inefficient market. By promoting better alignment between supply and demand forces, employers, job seekers, and the overall economy stand to gain.

Common Core Testing Teaches Tots to Type

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Common Core is a Trojan horse full of unintended consequences. While the efforts are noble, and the intent is good, the current program is neither fair nor practical.

Measuring the Unmeasurable in Higher Education: Taking a Page From Health Care

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 04.05.2015 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

I was challenged by a member of our humanities faculty, who argued that we can improve conditions for the better without being able to measure them. He gave critical thinking and civic engagement as examples.

Essential Assessments

Teach Plus | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Clare Berke If your family is anything like mine, conversations at the dinner table eventually move from pleasantries to politics. Recently, I wa...

Collect the Learning Evidence

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

Good educators know that evidence gathering is a central component of their craft. Perhaps they don't use the term "evidence" to describe what they search for, preferring instead "testing" or other assessment-related jargon.