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Why Not Commit to Win-Win School Improvement?

John Thompson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
John Thompson

Expanded A.P. helps students, who might otherwise be denied an opportunity to improve their writing and critical thinking skills, to learn challenging skills for mastery. Isn't that also supposed to be the purpose of Common Core -- providing college readiness learning opportunities?

Carly Fiorina Calls The Chinese Unimaginative Idea Thieves

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

GOP presidential contender Carly Fiorina tells a reporter in a video that surfaced Tuesday that Americans shouldn't fear competition with China becaus...

The Fallacy Behind High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Whether you call it Valued-Added (VAM), Accountability, or Assessment, testing is not about learning. It is about sorting kids out, punishing teachers, schools, and communities, and denying deeper social inequality and injustice.

Poor Children Are Just Nails to Pound

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.23.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

Education is about children -- real, living, breathing, complicated, tender, diverse children. There is no model, no assembly line, no template or standard methodology that can serve them well.

NEA's Lily Eskelsen Garcia Remains Faithful to Gates Funding

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Billionaire Gates has the ear of scores of influential individuals. It's a great exchange: You give us money; we give you an audience.

Closing the Education Gap for English-Language Learners

Teach Plus | Posted 05.18.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

English-language learners (ELLs) have failed because we have failed to serve them. We often place these students in mainstream environments long before they are ready, with teachers who do not have the training or the preparation to meet their needs.

Two Important Test Questions

Peter Greene | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

The full range of debate about the Big Standardized Tests really comes down to answering two critical questions about the testing: Does the test collect good data? And what action is taken with the data?

Vietnam Wallops U.S. on Test Scores But Vietnamese Educators Scoff at Tests

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Diane Ravitch

As the Vietnamese deputy commissioner said, PISA measures only one dimension: test-taking skills. Whatever value the standardized tests have is overshadowed by the collateral damage they do to the quality of education and to the standardizing of young minds.

Parent Opt-Out Movement: Engine of Common Core Unraveling?

Allison Hertog | Posted 05.07.2015 | Education
Allison Hertog

There will continue to be strong opposition to the Common Core in some quarters, but the fierceness of the opt-out movement in places like New York will hopefully be a temporary entry in the short history of parental civil disobedience.

"Funky Monkey" and Pearson Fail the Test

Alan Singer | Posted 05.07.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

John Oliver nailed Pearson on his HBO Last Week Tonight show on Standardized Testing. If you have not seen it yet, clink the link and watch it. I laughed a lot but can't really say I enjoyed the show; it was too disturbing. It won't be funny until companies like Pearson are brought down.

The Wonderful School

Liz Madans | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Liz Madans

Yes, every classroom is different, and every school is different. It is like chasing a tigertail, trying to pin down what is wrong today. But at their heart, doesn't every school want to be a wonderful school?

What's Missing in the Elementary Classroom?

Sue Gober | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
Sue Gober

My student teachers are teaching in classrooms where the teachers are not sitting at desks and students are not using textbooks! There it was... right in front of me.

Time to Add LGBT Education Into the Classroom

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
Anthony Nicodemo

In the 22 months that I have been out of the closet, education has been my favorite word. Two years ago I sat in a room with my team following Jason Collins' announcement that he was gay. I asked them how they would feel about a gay teammate.

To Meet New Student Standards, We Must Support and Empower Teachers

Ellen Moir | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Ellen Moir

We have at our doorstep, a once in a century opportunity for education in America. Almost every state in America is introducing higher, more rigorous standards for all students.

Atlanta Cheating Scandal -- We Blame the Teachers and Avoid the Real Issues

D. A. Russell | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
D. A. Russell

Let's look at how destructive the reporting of the convictions is, and will be, to the education of our children.

Hillary Clinton Feels Common Core Pain

Anthony Cody | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Anthony Cody

Hillary Clinton may need to school herself a bit more on "Leave No Child Behind," and the real story of the Common Core, if she wants to move teachers, students and parents off the sidelines. Those of us whose lives are being organized and sorted out for us have a different perspective on these tests.

Am I Ready for Hillary?

Peter Greene | Posted 04.18.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for President. Let the questions begin. My question is, will she be good for public education? Clinton's track record hasn't brought her into education issues very often. But there is one huge honking squealing flashing siren wrapped in a fluorescent red flag atop a high-powered blinking crimson light.

Movement To 'Opt-Out' Of The Common Core Is Growing

AP | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by st...

Common Core Means No Child Left Untested

Alan Singer | Posted 04.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The more I look at the Common Core approach to reading, the more it seems to be a shill for publishers like Pearson to sell new "Common Core" aligned textbooks, workbooks, and online packaged learning programs.

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

Teach Plus | Posted 04.14.2015 | 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.

Seven More Reasons to Opt-Out of High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 04.10.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In case you need more reasons to oppose high-stakes Common Core tests, here are seven more reasons to opt-out.

Is Now the Time to Reauthorize ESEA?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Of course, it was supposed to be reauthorized in 2007, but what with partisan politics, outside influences and the lack of any general consensus around the various efforts, Congress has yet to successfully reauthorize the legislation. As a result, national educational policy has been a patchwork of waivers, dodges, and weaves unworthy of a great nation.

Join the Obamas and "Opt-Out" of High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 04.06.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Sasha and Malia Obama attend the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC where tuition is about $35,000 a year and students do not take high-stakes Common Core aligned tests. Michelle and Barack chose this school because it offers children an enriched curriculum, not constant test prep.

Watch Ted Cruz Repeatedly Say He Wants To Repeal Something That's Not A Federal Law

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

When Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz became the first politician to officially announce his presidential campaign last week, he repeated a familiar mant...

A Call for Data Literacy

Matt Rafalow | Posted 04.01.2015 | Science
Matt Rafalow

If we care about young people's privacy, we need to teach them data literacy. Schools need to provide opportunities to educate children in the politics of data, including what it means, how it can be used, and how they can exert agency over their own position as a "data point."