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What My Students Think About Standardized Tests

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 05.18.2014 | 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 05.14.2014 | 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 05.07.2014 | 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 ...

Education Reform: Teachers Should Not Assume the Neville Chamberlain role

Randy Turner | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Randy Turner

Someone show me a school in an affluent district that is failing. When 100 percent of the schools that are not making the grade are in poverty-stricken districts, you might think that someone in the majority would grasp this pattern and propose doing something about it.

Coming Soon: The Common Core Test in Language Arts

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 09.29.2013 | Parents
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

The success of the Common Core Standards in Language Arts, adopted by more than 40 states, is supremely important for many reasons, not least because of the recent intensification of income inequality.

The Common Core Nightmare That Awaits Us

Randy Turner | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Randy Turner

If students are going to be tested three times a year, then gullible school districts will be shelling out hundreds of thousands for test preparation materials, and before you know it, there will be no time to do anything but teach to the test.

Teacher In Student's Shoes: Trying The Common Core Exam

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.26.2013 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee Standardized testing week at the middle school where I was a teacher from 2008 - 2010, was a big deal. Signs went up in the hallways, &...

Joy Resmovits

Arne Duncan Loosens Regs Amid Debate Over 'National School Board'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics

In what some see as a tacit recognition of the Obama administration's overreach into nitty-gritty management of America's schools, U.S. Secretary of E...

From School Reform to Reform School

Patricia McGuire | Posted 07.07.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Allocating one day out of 180 days of teaching to celebrate teachers when they are put down the rest of the year is just patronizing. If we really want to honor and celebrate teachers, let's show them some respect, support and encouragement.

This Fourth Grader Was Asked To Take A State Test From His Hospital Bed

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.01.2013 | New York

When fourth grader Joey Furlong was hospitalized last week for a pre-brain surgery screening, he received an unexpected visitor: A New York City schoo...

Desperate Kid Cheats Under Pressure -- What Else Is New?

Victor Dorff | Posted 06.16.2013 | College
Victor Dorff

"Pressure" is inevitable for students today. The question is, how do we teach our students to evaluate the reality of the pressure they feel and to deal with it appropriately?