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PARCC Gets Parked: What Testing Companies Don't Want Parents to Know

Alan Singer | Posted 05.26.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Testing companies do not want us to know that Common Core and its high-stakes testing regime are a disaster that do a grave disservice to this nation's children.

You Can Try and Deny It, But Our Schools Need to Do Better Preparing Our Kids for College and Career

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.20.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

The following is a guest post from my colleague, Tracy Dell'Angela, a former Chicago Tribune journalist who has worked for a variety of education poli...

PARCC CEO to Prof Who Posted "Live" Test Items: Reveal Your Informant

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.16.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Email from PARCC CEO Laura Slover, sent to me and others by Prof. Celia Oyler, who writes at and who published a post referen...

Ready to Bring the Noise on PARCC

Erika Sanzi | Posted 04.26.2016 | Education
Erika Sanzi

PARCC testing begins tomorrow for my boys. Well, the youngest is in first grade and doesn't take it yet but my 3rd and 5th graders are ready to go. Th...

Educators Face the Next Generation of Tests

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.23.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

In which I continue my quest to find out how expert educators are viewing the new assessments their students are taking. In previous columns, I shared...

Illinois' Top 25 Most Improved Schools In 2015

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.18.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Some Illinois schools have taken big steps up between 2014 and 2015, according to SchoolDigger. The website tracks school performance and ranks the t...

Tests and Children: Accessories to Education

Sara Roos | Posted 03.17.2016 | Education
Sara Roos

The essence of Education ®eform has been to transform students from the object to which pedagogy is directed, into the subject that is scrutinized as a proxy measure for institutional effect.

Why a Very Brave Child Fears Standardized Tests

Laurie Levy | Posted 03.16.2016 | Education
Laurie Levy

Standardized tests are the performance review of childhood. The results matter, not for their learning but to measure how well they are doing their job as consumers of information. I

Common Core's Happy Days May Be Here Again

Patte Barth | Posted 02.19.2017 | Education
Patte Barth

Did a relationship ever sour so quickly as the Common Core and public opinion? Back in 2010 when the college- and career-ready standards were shiny an...

What's the Point of PARCC -- or Any Other Test?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 01.28.2017 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

PARCC, of course, is one of the new assessments intended to help inform parents and educators whether students are on track to graduate from high school ready for either college or career training.

Hanna Skandera Is Now PARCC Chair. There Was No Press Release.

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.24.2017 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Hanna Skandera At some point in November 2015 (or not too long thereafter), it seems that New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera replaced Mass...

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer

Matt Farmer | Posted 01.21.2017 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Pay attention, principals. If Monday's Edison vote goes the way I sensed back in November that it would, you may want to think twice before suspending a kid whose parent sits on your LSC.

For University Park Campus School, the Massachusetts Switch from PARCC to MCAS 2.0 is Tom-ay-to, Tom-ah-to

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 12.03.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

University Park is aiming much higher than simply scoring well on state tests, and the folks there spend very little time specifically preparing for them. But that doesn't mean they ignore the results.

For College Readiness, PARCC is Best

Teach Plus | Posted 11.10.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

I graduated from a large urban school system and currently teach in a similar one where, as an Advanced Placement (AP) teacher, I have a unique vantage point from which to gauge the skills needed for college and career preparedness.

PARCC -- An Assessment That Is 'Raising the Bar'

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.05.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Today I thought I'd tell you about Chadwick Elementary in Baltimore County, Maryland, which has performed toward the top of the state for years.

Supporting Great Teaching During Change

Teach Plus | Posted 11.03.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

The adoption of college and career ready standards now invite the questions: How do teachers, students, and families know students are meeting these higher standards? What expectations have been communicated to teachers about what students should be able to do with what they have learned?

What You Should Know About the New Illinois Public Schools Data

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.02.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Another round of new public school data has been released as part of the annual Illinois Report Card, including student and teacher demographics, ACT ...

New Assessments Like Smarter Balanced Give Educators "The Facts." What Do They Do With Them?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.08.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I have begun a quest to see how expert educators are reacting to the new assessments their students are taking. The new assessments, designed to see if students are on track to be ready for college or careers, have been disconcerting for many educators, parents and the general public.

Expert Educators Use Test Results to Make Improvements

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.01.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

If parents and educators can see the test results as demonstrating the work that needs to be done -- rather than as a pronouncement of doom -- we would be much better off.<

Even As States Continue to Leave, PARCC Sets Last Year's Cut Scores

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.10.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On August 07, 2015, NPR released an article concerning setting the cut scores for the PARCC tests that 5 million students took in the spring.

The PARCC Race to the Top Contract and Its 26 State MOUs

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.03.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

When the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) applied for Race to the Top (RTTT) funding on June 30, 2010, it submitted this 1,609-page application.

Heeding Student Voices on PARCC

Teach Plus | Posted 07.07.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

As a teacher, I find PARCC to be a better assessment; my students agreed. Perhaps it is time that all adults -- educators, parents, policy makers -- listen and do what our children are suggesting.

Questor Marketing Research Advises Pearson Investors to SELL

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.01.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Sounds like Pearson CEO Fallon should have spent more time on US K-12 Education Plan B at least two years ago. At least.

Why This Politician Opposes Standardized Tests

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.12.2016 | Politics
Paul Heroux

I understand that there is a need for testing to pass subjects and grades. However, there is no need to have a one-size-fits-all approach. Teaching and learning are very personal and should be custom.

Christie Dumps Common Core? So What?

Peter Greene | Posted 05.31.2016 | Education
Peter Greene

So Chris Christie has decided to repudiate the Common Core. Big frickin' deal. Here are just a few of the reasons that his newly-discovered disdain for the standards is unimpressive, and unlikely to help save the fantasy of Christie running for President, ever.