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Standardized Tests

Why We Chose to Opt Out

Jason Endacott | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

Federal laws clearly give us the right as parents to guide the education of our children. While the Secretary of Education has recently pushed for changes to those laws in order to give corporations as much access to your child's data as any teacher or administrator has, he hasn't been able to take away our right to decide what's best for our child. Not yet anyway.

Joy Resmovits

Will The New SAT Be A) Shorter B) Harder C) Less Literary D) All Of The Above?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

The College Board on Wednesday released blueprints for a redesigned SAT test, giving an early first look at what's in store for many students with col...

Don't Squander Teachers' Support for Common Core

Linda Rosen | Posted 04.11.2014 | Education
Linda Rosen

Until now, teachers have helped protect Common Core State Standards against those who want to bury them. Yet if teachers don't get more support for te...

An Open Letter to Public School Teachers: We Apologize

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Your profession has been vilified, scapegoated, mined for profit, and deprofessionalized. On behalf of graduates of public schools, parents of children in public schools, those who value public education and teachers unions, we apologize.

How My Third-Grade Daughter Feels About Standardized Tests

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

As long as my daughter is in school in a town and state and nation where this is the law, I suppose she'll have to comply. But we're never going to pretend that we think this is a valuable tool.

Opt Your Child Out of State Testing: Don't Feed the Machine

Diane Ravitch | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

This week begins the make-or-break, do-or-die standardized testing that will label your child a success or a failure. I urge you not to let your child take the state test. Opt out.

When Stakes are High and Outcomes Questionable, Parents Should Resist

Arnold Dodge | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Arnold Dodge

The stress that is put on the whole system is troubling. The stress put on individual students is unconscionable.

Why the SAT Still Matters

Shiv Gaglani | Posted 03.27.2014 | College
Shiv Gaglani

We believe that the SAT and ACT can serve as highly motivating forces for improvement and bellwethers of dedication. It is simply a matter of perspective.

What My Students Think About Standardized Tests

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

In my years as an educator, I have come to one certainty: Teenagers say some of the most profound, and most entertaining, things you could ever imagine. So, here is what my students think about standardized tests:.

SAT Changes, and Advice for Ninth Graders

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 03.14.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

There's been a good deal of news about the changes to the SAT--so much news that it seems to be causing confusion among students and their parents. ...

The New SAT: What Are We Really Testing? (Not What You Think)

Jennifer Dziura | Posted 03.07.2014 | Education
Jennifer Dziura

I enjoy beating tests, but I also think the United States would be better off with a completely different set of college admissions requirements that don't unduly privilege personalities like mine. (After all, no one is more annoying than adults who brag about their SAT scores.)

Joy Resmovits

Blind Students Promised Fair Access To Common Core Tests

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

Just five weeks after a New Milford, N.J., family filed a federal lawsuit, a major standardized-testing consortium tasked with writing exams tied to t...

This Boy Doesn't Have A Complete Brain, But He Still Has To Take Standardized Tests

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.15.2014 | Parents

Meet Michael, an elementary school-aged child who was born with only part of his brain. Michael lives in Florida, where, despite his condition, he sti...

Could Poetry Start an Educational Revolution?

Travis Nichols | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Travis Nichols

Dorothea Lasky is a force of nature. Not only has she published three full-length books and numerous chapbooks of magnificent poetry, she is also a fierce advocate for placing creativity at the core of childhood education.

5 Things You Can Do to Promote Literacy Over the Holidays

Zetta Elliott | Posted 02.14.2014 | Black Voices
Zetta Elliott

Here are five simple steps you can take to promote literacy in your home, in your community and around the world.

Joy Resmovits

Here's How Americans Stack Up Against Students In Other Countries

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

When it comes to math skills, Alabama performs like Armenia, Mississippi comes close to Dubai, Washington, D.C., performs like Ukraine, and Massachuse...

Education Reform: Nothing New Under the Sun

Ilana Garon | Posted 12.15.2013 | New York
Ilana Garon

In this new reform effort, what is the end result? How will these reform efforts improve the educational outcomes of students in New York City, or make schools better? In simply creating a new evaluation rubric, exactly how is instruction being improved?

Joy Resmovits

2013 SAT Results Show American Kids Still Aren't Ready For College

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

Only 43 percent of test-takers in 2013 met the SAT's definition of being prepared for college, a statistic that has remained stagnant since 2009. ...

The Global Search for Education: Japan

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

Many consider Japanese primary and junior secondary level education to be exceptional, yet Manabu Sato believes the quality of his country's senior secondary and higher education is questionable.

More Parents Are Opting Kids Out Of Standardized Tests

AP | KATIE ZEZIMA | Posted 09.09.2013 | Parents

DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- While his eighth-grade classmates took state standardized tests this spring, Tucker Richardson woke up late and played bask...

Recycled Assumptions: How Journalists Keep Education Tied to Damaging Ideas

Alfie Kohn | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Alfie Kohn

There's no food for thought here; everyone just knows that our students are lousy, or that raising test scores would improve our economy, or that grit is good; there's no need to defend these propositions.

Joy Resmovits

Should Special Ed Kids Be Held To The Same Standards As Their Peers?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

Should students with disabilities be held to the same academic standards as their peers? And should schools and teachers be held accountable for their...

Data Drunk -- Let's Take the Ass Out of Assessment

Larry Strauss | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Larry Strauss

Measuring student learning isn't like measuring the vacancy rate of a motel -- or the gross sales of a retailer or productivity in a factory. In education, the infatuation with data tends to produce expedient and pedantic solutions to often complex challenges.

Bill Gates: The Fox in the Henhouse

Randy Turner | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics
Randy Turner

The fox is in the henhouse. When the Missouri State Department of Education issued a press release earlier this week announcing it had hired the CEE ...

Parents Support Standardized Testing, According To Poll

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT and JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents

WASHINGTON -- Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to ...