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Sending Off My Nervous Baby Into the World -- of Standardized Testing

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 05.14.2012 | Parents
Homa Sabet Tavangar

I'm mad this morning. My 8 year-old is a nervous wreck. Today is the first day of PSSA standardized testing at her school.

Kick-the-Can America

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.09.2012 | Education
Charles Kolb

As a nation, we are often quite good at setting goals -- but in reality we are missing them now more often than we meet them. It wasn't always this way.

VAMs: Building a New Social Order

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 05.05.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

It is now guaranteed that any child in a public school whose teacher is evaluated with VAMs will receive a bare bones curriculum, focused only on isolated skills.

Grading Schools, Failing Schools

Tim King | Posted 05.06.2012 | Education
Tim King

Closing schools is a decision with far-reaching consequences that shouldn't be undertaken for the credibility of any particular movement, but only as a final measure in support of undeserved students.

The Wrong Approach to Fixing No Child Left Behind

Raul González | Posted 05.04.2012 | Latino Voices
Raul González

It is time that the ESEA were treated once again as a civil rights law focused on bringing excellent schools into every community.

Opt Out Chronicles: Why and How

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 04.24.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

We need to take back our public schools. After ten years of No Child Left Behind and PSSAs, are you ready for a change? Have you had enough with high stakes testing?

Rick Santorum: 'I Made A Mistake'

Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

Rick Santorum attempted to explain his vote for former President George W. Bush's hallmark "No Child Left Behind" education reform package at the GOP ...

On The Daily Show, Arne Duncan Rehashes Policies, Plans

Posted 04.18.2012 | Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in New York Thursday as Jon Stewart's guest on The Daily Show, largely rehashing the Obama administration'...

Why We Must Listen to Young Black Males

John Thompson | Posted 04.16.2012 | Education
John Thompson

The Education Trust's Amy Wilkins used her family experiences as evidence to condemn Tracey and Abby Sparrow's piece, "The Voices of Black Men." No other organization has attacked teachers in a way than has upset me more than has the Education Trust.

Why I Respectfully Disagree With Obama's NCLB Waivers

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.11.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Don't get me wrong, President Obama is my guy, but issuing waivers exempting 10 states from the 2014 reading and math proficiency deadline is a step in the wrong direction.

What's Necessary for Congress to 'Get It Right' on School Turnarounds?

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 04.09.2012 | Education
Gary M. Ratner

For Congress to "get it right" on school turnarounds, it needs to address the concerns raised five areas.

Opt Out Chronicles: Fighting Sabotage

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

We want the end of punitive high stakes testing that labels children, teachers and schools as failures. We do not want our tax dollars going to the pockets of testing and data companies. We refuse to allow our community-based public school be labeled as "failing."

The Country's Most Ambitious Digital Learning Project

Bill Tucker | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Bill Tucker

Amidst the cool technology demonstrations, shiny gadgets, and debates about online learning, it's essential not to overlook the country's most expensive -- and perhaps most ambitious -- initiative to use digital technology.

A Civil Right to a Good Education

Jack Jennings | Posted 03.31.2012 | Education
Jack Jennings

We should make equal educational opportunity a federal civil right for all students. This should include the right to a challenging curriculum, well-trained and effective teachers, and the funding to provide these essentials.

No Child Left Behind: Not Too Late to Fix

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

For those of us who work around students each day, NCLB's shortcomings are no laughing matter. Especially for educators like me who work in inner-cities where dropout rates are high and the challenges to reach individual students are greater.

The Costs and the Lost Benefits of Graduation Exams

John Thompson | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
John Thompson

Most educators already know that we should be teaching analysis, synthesis, and problem-solving, so perhaps our experiment with graduation exams will prompt us to follow the path we always knew we should be taking.

ESEA Reauthorization: Everyone's Cards Are on the Table. Now Let's Make a Deal

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 03.14.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

Democrats across and beyond the nation's capital are up in arms about the ESEA reauthorization proposals released by House GOP leaders on Friday. Or at least they are pretending to be.

The Debate on NCLB's Failure Is All Over but for the Shouting

John Thompson | Posted 03.12.2012 | Education
John Thompson

Education bureaucrats who worked with pieces of paper can claim innocence due to their lack of knowledge of poor schools, but a decade ago educators predicted precisely how and why NCLB would backfire.

Five Thoughts About No Child Left Behind on Its 10th Anniversary

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 03.06.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

Happy birthday, No Child Left Behind. Here's hoping that you don't make it to eleven.

Joy Resmovits

Student Performance Measurement Used In Education Policy Flunks -- Paper

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.15.2011 | Education

Education policies that affect millions of students have long been tied to test scores, but a new paper suggests those scores are regularly misinterpr...

Opt Out Chronicles: Organizing and Bullying

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 01.28.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

Parents are the only ones with the power to stop high stakes testing and take our schools back from the corporate reformers.

School Counseling at a Crossroads

John Bridgeland | Posted 01.15.2012 | Education
John Bridgeland

There are more than 100,000 school counselors in our middle and high schools. Yet, they are among the least strategically deployed education professionals and are almost entirely missing from our education reform debates.

In First Round, 11 States Look To Dump No Child Left Behind

Posted 01.15.2012 | Education

The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that 11 states have formally submitted requests for waivers from key provisions of No Child Left Be...

Number Of Schools Cited As Needing Improvement Skyrockets

Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

An unprecedented 1,325 schools across 123 New York districts have been identified for improvement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Of t...

Parents to Senate Education Committee: You Need our Input on ESEA!

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

Parents Across America (PAA) has sent a letter to the members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee after noting that panelist...