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USA Today: D.C.'s School Success Could Have More To Do With Erasers Than Reforms

Posted 05.29.2011 | Education

UPDATE: Since this story was first published, Michelle Rhee has acknowledged that some cheating may have occurred, the Washington Post reports. Thi...

How Important Are Your Child's SAT Scores?

Tom Matlack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Matlack

Parents of high-achievers are getting the message: Stop the pressure. But what happens when your kid is the one refusing to let up?

The New York Times Needs To Do Its Homework On Teacher Evaluations

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Justin Snider

An editorial in The New York Times, titled "Fairness in Firing Teachers," has me wondering whether the Times editors understand much about how teachers are evaluated.

Hearing One Another Out: Both Sides of the Argument

Shaun Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

My joining the education blogosphere, even in my own limited way, connected me with more like-minded -- and not so like-minded -- folks in education than I could have imagined.

Want to Raise Test Scores? Teach Science

Robert Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Robert Schwartz

The shame of the whole thing, as I've seen in some of the highest performing urban schools and districts -- integrating science into the rest of the curriculum produces higher test scores.

What If We Treated Doctors The Way We Treat Teachers?

Shaun Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

Let us pretend that physicians of all specialties were held to similar measures of accountability and enveloped with the same kinds of discourses that we see in education reform debates. What might that look like?

We Would Prefer Not To Take Your Standardized Tests

Lisa Nielsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lisa Nielsen

School districts like New York City are considering making teacher performance ratings public. One of the many problems with this is that the state tests which these tests are based on, well... they suck.

Educating for Democracy: A Call for Teachers to Save Education

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Teachers should be heard from as well but in ways in which they can no longer be ignored.

End of the Year Summary and Predictions for 2011

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

And now, what you all have been waiting for: My "wish list" predictions for Education in 2011.

Testing Equality Among Schools: One Student's Learning Aid Is Another's Way To Cheat

washingtonpost.com | Jay Mathews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

My daughter is with us for the holidays, having survived her first barrage of law school exams in California. The exams were longer and more difficult...

Educating for Democracy: What Cathie Black Would Say if She Were an Educator

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

If Ms. Black had had any knowledge of the NYC school system, the difficulties faced by many students, teachers and parents, here's what she might have said.

One is Not Enough: Let's Get Teacher Accountability Right

Tony Zini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Tony Zini

If we hope to truly create a world class educational system we must have accountability. This accountability must extend to all administrators as well.

Students Flood High Performing Schools, Effect Of No Child Left Behind

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Successful schools nationwide are opening doors to students from low-performing schools as a result of the No Child Left Behind law. The Washington P...

Ill. Schools: Mediocre Student Scores Are OK

Chicago Tribune | Diane Rado | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Thousands of Illinois schools are like mediocre students: Most of their pupils are passing -- but not distinguishing themselves -- on state achievemen...

Tony Danza Reminds me of... Me

Elory Rozner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elory Rozner

Teach Tony Danza is not a rigorous investigation of our education system. But the show does a nice job spotlighting some of the complexities of teaching and the keen awareness students have of their learning environment.

Newspaper Flunks State Test

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

Until newspapers stop turning the complicated science of education into a numbers racket, the lies will keep coming, and our children will continue to lose out on their best hope for a successful future.

Teachers are Waiting for Something, That's for Sure

Mrs. Mimi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mrs. Mimi

People love to say, "It's all about the kids," because what idiot is going to disagree with that? You want the real truth? It's about the teachers, too. (Yes, I said it.)

Educating for Democracy: The SAT Controversy: What Do We Really Learn from Tests?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Shatzky

I have heard from many sources that the SAT's are only accurate in predicting the performance of students in their first semester of college. After that, they are no longer valid.

Educating for Democracy: A Dangerous Proposal

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joel Shatzky

A number of recent news items on education should demonstrate to educators how little attention the political establishment has paid to the legitimate concerns of teachers.

Mayor Villaraigosa and the War on Those Old, Inept, Do-Nothing Public School Teachers

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Danziger

On June 15, 2010, on this very site, Mayor Villaraigosa called upon the Board of Education, the ACLU, Public Counsel, the State Board of Education an...

Educating for Democracy: Obama Flogs Teachers to Teach Better

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Shatzky

It's unfortunate that the public assumes that the best students have the best teachers, and the worst students the worst teachers, because that simply isn't true.

SAT Scores Dip For High School Class Of 2009

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Through the early 1990s and early 2000s, average scores on the SAT college entrance exam moved steadily upward. Now, for the last five years, they've ...