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When Bad Students Happen to Good Teachers

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

There is a shared delusion driving education reform. The delusion is that everyone assumes better teaching means students learn more.

Standardized Tests Lead to Standardized Cheating

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Why all the cheating? In short, because the tests are too important, and because they test the wrong things.

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...

The #CTUStrike: Education for the Best of Us Versus the Rest of Us

Shaun Johnson | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

The battle in the Windy City is essentially about one thing: education for the best of us and then for the rest of us. This isn't just a clever phrase, however. There are drastic inequalities between the best and the rest.

Flap in Virginia Shows Reformers' Fealty to Ideology Over Implementation

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

America's schools aren't doing nearly well enough, especially for our neediest children. We need accountability systems that create urgency and push for significant gains every year. Ideological arguments and utopian objectives don't help.

Virginia Schools Will Redo Academic Standards To Help Struggling Students

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 08.31.2012 | Education

After criticism for its unfair academic achievement standards, Virginia and the U.S. Department of Education have come to an agreement to revise the s...

What's Wrong with Teaching to the Test? (Part 2)

Glen Lineberry | Posted 10.22.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

What I do know is that everyone is focused on the tests. Insofar as those tests are assessing critical academic and life skills, that's not necessarily a bad thing, but judging a student, a teacher or a school by those scores is not getting us where we need to be.

Nearly Half Of Americans 'Very Familiar' With NCLB Say It Worsened Education

Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

More Americans think No Child Left Behind has made education in the U.S. worse rather than better, according to results from a Gallup poll released Mo...

What's Wrong With Teaching to the Test? (Part 1)

Glen Lineberry | Posted 10.17.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Now I don't claim to be smart enough to understand the whole testing debate, but from a classroom teacher's perspective, it seems like everyone ought to relax and start with the things reasonable people can agree on:

No Child Left Behind: Not Dead Yet

stateline | Ben Wieder | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States that provides daily r...

Some States Resisting Obama Administration Ed-Reform Requirements

| Sarah Garland | Posted 10.10.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. This week the Obama administration announced it had released a total of...

Quo Vadimus

Glen Lineberry | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

My school is in a formal School Improvement process, with loads of money from various sources and hard deadlines for real improvements in attendance, discipline, graduation rates and student test performance. And we are improving.

Joy Resmovits

More Than Half Of U.S. States Wiggle Out Of Bush Education Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

The states of Washington and Wisconsin will be allowed to wiggle out of No Child Left Behind's rigorous test requirements, joining two dozen other U.S...

In Support of the Whole Child

Sean Slade | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Sean Slade

A holistic approach brings together elements that support the development of a child who is healthy, knowledgeable, motivated, and engaged, seeking to ensure all that is required for successful life and preparation for society.

Higher Education for the 21st Century

Alan Singer | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

If higher education is going to prepare Americans for any type of future, reform is desperately needed. These are my short-term and long-range proposals.

Education Insiders Dissatisfied With Congress, Disapprove Of Romney's Plan

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 07.02.2012 | Education

All education "insiders" disapprove of the way Congress handles education, according to a new report. The report, called "Common Core, RTT-D, and S...

5 More States Granted No Child Left Behind Waivers

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

-- Five more states have been granted relief from key requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, bringing the total to 24 states given wa...

Arne Scorns Iowa: Political Courage or Political Suicide?

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

Iowans love their schools and their teachers; it's not going to be hard to paint this as a classic case of Washington bureaucrats gone wild.

A States' Rights Revolt Led by ... California?

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

Three cheers for California's governor, state superintendent, and state board chair, for applying for a waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka No Child Left Behind) that doesn't kowtow to Washington.

Major Test Prep Company Fraudulently Claimed Millions In Federal Tutoring Funds

Posted 05.02.2012 | Education

Federal prosecutors say The Princeton Review, a leading test-preparation company, fraudulently claimed "millions of dollars" of federal money for tuto...

Mission Accomplished!

Gary Stager | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education
Gary Stager

While Accelerated Reader suggests that it inspires literacy habits, its primary customer is the bureaucrat impressed by the marketing slogan, "Advanced Technology for Data-Driven Schools."

Top Schools Deemed 'In Need Of Improvement' Under Federal Law

Posted 08.06.2012 | Education

Griffin Memorial School in Litchfield, N.H. had 91 percent of its elementary students score proficient or better on the state's reading exam last fall...

Building on the Values of No Child Left Behind

Eric Smith | Posted 06.04.2012 | Education
Eric Smith

Over the last decade, the United States has witnessed a dramatic improvement in student performance -- especially among previously underserved students at the lowest socioeconomic rungs. Those gains were in large part the result strong accountability systems.

Graduation Rates Are Increasing, But Not Fast Enough for Latino Students

National Council of La Raza | Posted 05.30.2012 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The message to federal policymakers should be clear. We need to maintain a strong focus on graduation rates; ten seats in every classroom is a terrible thing to waste.

High Stakes Testing: Who's Cheating Whom?

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

Let's get back to the core purpose of public education -- ensuring students have access to a great education that prepares them for lifelong learning and success -- and leave the pressure cooker for pot roasts.