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Two Important Test Questions

Peter Greene | Posted 05.17.2016 | 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 05.15.2016 | 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 05.06.2016 | 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 05.07.2016 | 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 06.29.2015 | 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 06.27.2015 | 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 06.26.2015 | 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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.19.2015 | 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 06.19.2015 | 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 06.18.2015 | 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.

Common Core Means No Child Left Untested

Alan Singer | Posted 06.16.2015 | 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 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.

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

Alan Singer | Posted 06.10.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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 06.06.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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."

The PDP Farce -- Wink, Wink, Nod, Nod

D. A. Russell | Posted 05.30.2015 | Education
D. A. Russell

PDPs - Professional Development Plans (usually referred to as Professional Development Points by teachers) - are the primary means of giving teachers needed training during their careers.

Opt Out and Save Democracy

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

If enough parents are willing to join the movement, keep their children home on test days, ignore the threats, the battle lines will be clear. School officials, local school boards, state legislators and members of Congress will be faced with a real school choice: Whose side are you on?

Finland Adopts the Common Core

John M. Eger | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
John M. Eger

All right, it's not the Common Core per se, but it sure looks like it. And it helps confirm what most people in the U.S. are saying about the Common Core: "This could be the holy grail of education reform."

Getting Real About Over-Testing

TNTP | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
TNTP

My two kids attend public schools, and I want them to spend as much time as possible learning from amazing teachers -- not taking tests. I also understand that tests are an important part of learning, even if nobody really loves them. I can't help my kids -- and their teachers can't help them -- if we don't know what they have or haven't learned.

The Indignant and Audacious Teacher

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 05.24.2015 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

Jill O'Malley, known to her readers as The Indignant Teacher, was a dedicated professional and mother of three from Boston. She shared many of the traits of the ten finalists for the Global Teacher Prize, an initiative intended to identify and celebrate what is working in education.

DoE Mandates Now Prevent Teaching the Curricula for an Average of 35 Minutes of Every Class Period

D. A. Russell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
D. A. Russell

If we continue to hide behind the false mantra that it is simply "...bad funding, bad unions, bad children, and bad teachers..." then we will never get to the real fixes. We will simple pour more good money after bad.

Reinventing the Mill

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 05.25.2015 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Millinocket, Maine, with over a century of history, has chosen to find opportunity in change. Recognizing its greatest resource, its people, coupled with outstanding schools built during the height of the boom, it is becoming a surprising destination for international students.