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Ed Today: Denver School Cheating, Moody's Likes Philly School Closings

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Colorado Cheating? According to Ed News Colorado, about 35 high school students figured out how to go into their teachers' computer system. They changed their grades on instant "mastery tests" to make it look as if they'd entered the correct answers in the first place. Thirty-five kids in a major urban school district is proportionally small, but keep in mind that the mastery test is a low-stakes, formative assessment. As high-stakes standardized tests become digitized, is this something we're going to see happen more often?

Ed Today: Diane Ravitch Launches Network For Public Education; Closure News In Philadelphia, Chicago, New York

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Diane Ravitch's New Group On Wednesday morning, a group of education activists across the country -- including Leonie Haimson, Anthony Cody, and Diane Ravitch, the fierce historian-cum-reform-fighter -- announced the launch of the Network for Public Education. The group aims to fight off state advocacy groups such as StudentsFirst and Democrats for Education Reform that push a particular school-related agenda including charter schools and teacher evaluations based, in part, on student test scores.