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For College Readiness, PARCC is Best

Teach Plus | Posted 11.12.2015 | 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 11.06.2015 | 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 11.03.2015 | 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 11.02.2015 | 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 10.08.2015 | 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 10.01.2015 | 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.<

A Major Goal Of The Common Core Is Going Unfulfilled

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overa...

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

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.10.2015 | 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 08.03.2015 | 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 07.07.2015 | 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 07.02.2015 | 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 06.12.2015 | 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 05.31.2015 | 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.

Two Important Test Questions

Peter Greene | Posted 05.17.2015 | 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?

Is the Illusion of Equity a Civil Right?

Jason Endacott | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Jason Endacott

The bottom line is that "equal" and "accountable" sound great in a political speech or interview, but in reality they lead to resegregation and the disproportionate denigration of educational experiences for children who are not white.

Managing Test Anxiety in Today's High Stakes Testing Era

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

School worry and test worry are common. There has become an increased focus on grades, GPAs, and a fear-based mentality that kids will not get into a good college unless they have a 4.6 GPA. Sadly, this fearful mentality has trickled down all the way to elementary school today! What is going on? And what should parents do?

Is NYSUT/AFT Support for NY Opt Out Just the 2013 AFT "Moratorium" Warmed Over?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

What will it take for NYSUT and AFT to break up with intended testing conduit, Common Core?

Stop Bullying Kids Over Testing Issues

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.27.2015 | Chicago
Laurie Levy

I'm not sure why reading a book is not acceptable. Perhaps because the child might learn something? More likely, other kids taking PARCC might be envious and also decide to opt out.

People Are Pissed at Pearson

Alan Singer | Posted 05.23.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson's only intended result is to make more and more money. That is why so many people are pissed at Pearson and fighting back against Common Core and Pearson PARCC exams.

Test Security Now Means Checking Social Media For Cheaters

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

For the organizations that give standardized tests, it's a common - and common-sense - security measure. But to the growing number of critics of th...

Pearson's Intellectual Property -- Why Is This Even a Thing?

Daniel Katz | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Daniel Katz

Pearson's hyperactive attitude towards test security is disturbing not only because of how it is being enacted without concern of proportion, privacy, and the implications of initiating state level investigations into unremarkable student speech.

A Month of Opting Out of Standardized Tests: Week 1

Jason Endacott | Posted 05.16.2015 | Education
Jason Endacott

I get a lot of questions about education from friends, family, friends of family, family of friends and random people on the interwebs.  One of the most difficult questions I get is "Why did you choose to opt your kids out of standardized tests?"

"(Ya Got) Trouble" at Pearson

Alan Singer | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson is in trouble and needs to rebuild U.S. Learning Services because it is not a high-performing organization. Remaining employees are ordered to "focus on our markets, our learners, and the ecosystem we belong to," but never, at least not according to this memo, on the quality of Pearson education products...

An Open Letter to My Students: I Am Sorry for What I Am About to Do to You

Jessica Lifshitz | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Jessica Lifshitz

To all of my precious students: My guess is that all of you will wonder why I am making you take these tests. And the answer is simple. I have to. Our state and federal government say that I have to give these tests to you. That you must take them. And I need you to know how very sorry I am about that.

U.S. Dept. of Ed Wanted Much More Testing From PARCC and Smarter Balanced

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

That said, I have also looked at the background on the CCSS and federal funding for PARCC and SBAC tests. USDE had a test-funding plan for the CCSS in April 2010, before the CCSS were published in June. By September 2010, grants were awarded to the PARCC and SBAC groups to begin test development at roughly $300 million total.