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Schools Failed To Inform Parents Of The Right To Opt Out Of Tests, Says Lawsuit

ed | Sarah Tully | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. A parents group claims a Los Angeles County school district failed...

The Surprising Power of the PSAT

Joel Peterson | Posted 09.10.2015 | College
Joel Peterson

Parents who assume that the letters after "PSAT" are just some arcane footnote do so at their own -- and their child's -- peril.

Educating for Democracy: What If All Schools Were Charter

Joel Shatzky | Posted 08.07.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

I wonder what this eminent thinker would have to say about someone who not only repeats the same flawed procedure but then expands on it. That is what Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is doing by increasing the number of charter schools state-wide after turning over all the district schools in New Orleans to charter managers.

NYC Principal Takes Life After Forging Standardized Tests

Reuters | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK, July 27 (Reuters) - A successful New York elementary school principal who took her own life had forged standardized English exam scores fo...

Ten Signs Your Child Is in a Failing School District

Randy Turner | Posted 07.01.2015 | Education
Randy Turner

In these days of Common Core State Standards and continuing attacks on public education by billionaires and their bought-and-paid-for legislators, parents need a few guidelines on how to tell if their child is in a failing school district.

The Real Picture on Report Cards

Rebecca Deurlein | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Deurlein

I want you to realize that you really, truly have to question whether the final report cards that are sent home in the next few weeks are an accurate depiction of your children's intellect. Yes, I know I'm a teacher and I'm not supposed to say things like this. But stay with me a minute.

Obsession With Confined Space

Marwa Azab | Posted 05.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marwa Azab

Why are we so fascinated with walls? Tall, thick and soundproof? For the longest time, isolation has been a method of shunning a person who has tran...

Joy Resmovits

Shockingly Few Students Are Proficient In U.S. History | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

Which of these do the governments of Canada, France and Australia have in common: a) They are controlled by the military; b) They have constitutions t...

The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs - How do you balance preparation for high stakes assessments with teaching and learning in your classroom?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.27.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The use of high-stakes achievement tests around the world have created controversy among teachers, parents, students, administrators, policy maker...

2016 SAT: The Latest Research and Analysis

Alex Mallory | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Alex Mallory

The 2016 SAT is content-based, with less emphasis on logic than the current SAT. Math problems are more likely to look like problems that could appear in a school math class and less like logic puzzles.

Great Teaching Is The Real Test

Nicholas Simmons | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Nicholas Simmons

In math, our students do extraordinarily well not because we teach them how to take a test, but because our teachers guide them to fall in love with problem-solving.

It Is Likely That Thousands Of Kids Will Opt Out Of Standardized Tests In New York

AP | CAROLYN THOMPSON | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Parent leaders of the movement to boycott New York's standardized tests say opting children out could do more for their educatio...

Reflections of an Octogenarian VIII: Charter Schools: Old Pepsi a.k.a. the New Coke

Larry Paros | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

Through its unholy partnership with high stakes testing, the charter school movement has diverted our attention from the real issues confronting us and discouraged genuine innovation and reform. To paraphrase Einstein, "Charter schools are to experimentation as military music is to music."

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?"

Computerized School Testing Off To A Rocky Start In Florida

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI, March 3 (Reuters) - Newly computerized state tests were suspended on Tuesday in some of Florida's largest p...

More And More Students Are Refusing To Take Standardized Tests

ASSOCIATED PRESS | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- When it comes to standardized tests, parents across the country are (a) concerned; (b) demanding change; (c) pulling tens of thou...

Yong Zhao Explains America's 'Faustian Bargain'

John Thompson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
John Thompson

I can understand why some Americans have flirted with high-stakes testing. The authoritarianism of a single, test-driven ladder to economic success has an enduring power. But I don't understand reformers who gamble that they can grab the benefits of a single, controlled path to improving education outputs without losing our creativity, individuality, diversity, and innovative talents.

Joy Resmovits

The Obama Administration Officially Wants This Major Education Law Rewritten | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

After years of dancing around Congress to help states evade the No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama administration thinks it's time to go back to the ...

Rebecca Klein

Why Schools Should Pay More Attention To Students' Grit And Self-Control | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics

It may be just as important to evaluate schools based on students’ levels of motivation and perseverance as it is to judge them based on students' s...

No Amount of Data Can Replace a Good Classroom Teacher

Randy Turner | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Randy Turner

Administrators keep feeding teachers the basic nonsense that we could do much better teaching now that we have data we can use. So we keep giving tests. But learning has become something teachers try to sneak in whenever it's possible. And for students, enjoyment of learning is a dim memory.

Rotten Apples? It May Be the Principal of the Thing

Randy Turner | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Randy Turner

To far too many of those who are making the decisions in our nation's schools, teachers are interchangeable parts; one is just as good as another. If they weren't smart enough to get out of the classroom and get into a higher paying job, they deserve whatever they get.

Unpopular Opinion: Why I Think The SAT Is A Good Thing

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 01.03.2015 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

Your grades and who you are as a person makes all the difference; so there's no need to focus and panic about the test portion, just take it as it comes and do your best. I wish all of you who, like myself, are taking tests this year the best of luck.

15 Things That Are Way More Fun To Look At Than Your SAT Scores

The Huffington post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.29.2014 | Teen

Ever since the October SAT scores were posted online yesterday, Twitter has been in standardized testing overdrive. But no matter how many times you d...

Arne Duncan Blows Standardized Smoke

Peter Greene | Posted 12.27.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

There was a time when Duncan could be counted on to at least say the right thing before he went ahead and did the wrong thing.

Joy Resmovits

'Flat And Stagnant' SAT Scores Ahead Of Major Test Redesign | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

SAT scores for the class of 2014 averaged a 497 in reading, 513 in math and 487 in writing -- about the same as the last few years, according to a rep...