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High Stakes Testing

Cheating Teachers Teach Cheats

Victor Dorff | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Victor Dorff

Cases of teachers and principals changing their students' answers after the test, or filling in the correct answers that students left blank, have made headlines in recent months.

The Cheating Will Continue Until Morale Improves

Jason Stanford | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

A new General Accounting Office report demonstrates that cheating by school officials on standardized tests has become commonplace despite the use of security measures the report recommends.

Texas May Substantially Reduce Number Of Tests Given To Students With New Bill

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

The Texas Senate approved a bill Monday that would substantially reduce the number of standardized tests students need to take in order to graduate. T...

Common Core State Standards: Get It Right

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Dennis Van Roekel

When kids first learn to cross the street, we tell them to stop, look both ways and assess the traffic before they proceed. Similarly, when it comes to decisions affecting the education of millions of our nation's public school students, we should exercise the same common sense.

From School Reform to Reform School

Patricia McGuire | Posted 07.07.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Allocating one day out of 180 days of teaching to celebrate teachers when they are put down the rest of the year is just patronizing. If we really want to honor and celebrate teachers, let's show them some respect, support and encouragement.

Minnesota's Major Move Against Standardized Tests | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

The Minnesota Senate approved its version of the $15.7 billion education funding bill on Thursday, sparking a sharp debate over changes in testing sta...

'Twas the Night Before State Tests...

Leonisa Ardizzone | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Leonisa Ardizzone

I told my daughter that from the first moment I began teaching, I knew that the tests were unjust and I despised them. My disgust with them has only grown with each passing year.

In Birthplace of High-stakes Testing, Lawmakers Turn on Its Godfather

Jason Stanford | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Nowhere is the movement against high-stakes testing as strong as it is in Texas where all this started. Now, 86 percent of the state's school boards have adopted resolutions opposing the over-reliance on high-stakes testing.

Pearson and the Atlanta School Mess

Alan Singer | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

How did Pearson, which claims to have checkpoints "built into the process to ensure consistent progress in achieving school improvement goals," attempt to establish the validity of the Atlanta school district's claims for off-the-charts improvement on test scores before taking credit for the results?

Who's Cheating Whom? Atlanta Scandal Makes Us Wonder What It's All About

Susan D. Blum | Posted 06.03.2013 | College
Susan D. Blum

When all that matters is test results, people will do everything they can to make them look good. High-stakes testing gives the message that the process doesn't matter -- not even for teachers. High-stakes testing puts the attention on the measurable: simple answers to simple questions.

High-stakes Testing Makes Cheating Inevitable

Jason Stanford | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

The latest example came late on Good Friday when an Atlanta grand jury indicted 35 teachers, administrators and principals under laws meant to target the mafia.

My Privilege Can't Save Me -- or My Kids -- From High Stakes Testing

Lori Ungemah | Posted 06.01.2013 | Parents
Lori Ungemah

I did not think the culture of testing could reach me and my children in my white, upperclass neighborhood of Park Slope. I thought my race and class privilege could save my own children from an educational experience riddled with test preparation and test stress. I was wrong.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Jason Stanford | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

When he campaigned for his Houston-area legislative seat last year, Democrat Gene Wu heard so many complaints from parents and teachers about Texas' new standardized test that he took the 5th grade math test himself.

Is Texas Ending High-Stakes Testing?

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

As of last month, 86 percent of Texas school boards representing 91 percent of the state's 5 million public school students had adopted resolutions opposing high-stakes testing.

180 Days Well Spent

Donna Nevel | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Donna Nevel

A few years ago, a group of mostly low-income parents of color at the Center for Immigrant Families (CIF) (now the Parent Leadership Project-PLP) came together to discuss some of the ways that high stakes tests were affecting their children and their learning.

Computer Glitch Prevents Thousands Of Students From Taking Exam

Posted 12.04.2012 | Education

Thousands of Texas students couldn't finish the electronic version of a state-mandated, end-of-course exam due to a computer glitch Monday, the Austin...

Texas High Schoolers See Relief From High-Stakes Testing Rule

Posted 11.30.2012 | Education

For a second year, Texas high schools will not be required to count new end-of-course exams as part of a student's grade, Texas Education Commissioner...

Minnesota Task Force Recommends Dropping Math Graduation Exam

Posted 11.28.2012 | Education

A state education task force is urging the Minnesota Legislature to drop the state’s high-stakes math exit exam after a Minneapolis school district ...

Standardized Testing A Foreign Concept In World's Top Education System

| Posted 01.16.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Lessons From Abroad blog. As the United States focuses more on using tests as a means of ...

Data and Testing: Has Education Lost Its Focus?

Rob Furman | Posted 01.12.2013 | Education
Rob Furman

All the testing and data in the world is not going to improve our teachers. Research abounds with documentation on the fact that the TEACHER is the key to student success.

Education and Economic Crisis: The Quest for Human Empowerment

Carlos Alberto Torres | Posted 01.08.2013 | Education
Carlos Alberto Torres

Education has been overlooked as a tool for transformation of economic inequities for far too long. I wonder if I will see in my own lifetime a revolutionary movement of education as the practice of freedom in this country and elsewhere.

Time for Cooperation on Testing in Texas

Jason Stanford | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education
Jason Stanford

The fact that over-testing is corrupting our classrooms is a self-evident truth to teachers, parents and administrations.

5-Year-Olds Put To The Test As Kindergarten Exams Gain Steam

Reuters | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education

(Repeats with text unchanged) * At least 25 states mandate kindergarten assessment * Critics worry testing 5-year-olds i...

Get Ready for 'Moms Against Drunk Testing'

Jason Stanford | Posted 11.24.2012 | Education
Jason Stanford

The education reformers who brought us No Child Left Behind have done screwed up. They've messed with Texas mommas.

Opt Out Chronicles: Anti-Testing Nut

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

Last March I went to my local school board to voice my concerns about the announcement that my home state of Pennsylvania planned on using student tes...