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Teaching to the Test

Don't Reinvent the Wheel: Why I Thought the Earth Was Flat

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 04.20.2016 | Education
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

There is absolutely no reason to believe that a law or a principle should be obvious to students simply because it was discovered by a scientist.

The Power of What If

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 05.26.2016 | Education
Lisa Abeyta

Please know I am not devaluing foundational knowledge or the need to teach our children rudimentary functions of grammar, math, science or other academic studies. But what I am saying is that we are completely missing the boat when it comes to encouraging students to take risks, make mistakes or explore the unknown.

It's Not About the Answer

Amy Tirion | Posted 05.11.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Tirion

My ninth grade daughter came to me last night right before bed heavy with an important decision, "I have to figure out if I'm going to take calculus w...

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 makers an...

Am I The Only Parent Who Thinks Today's Homework Load Is Insane?

Michael Levin | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Michael Levin

My children, my wife and I are slaves to homework. Play is a rarity. The homework load is mind-boggling. My ninth grader has three hours a night. My sixth graders have an hour to two hours. Why?

Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.

The Tea Party and the Common Core: Right Answer, Wrong Reason

Victor Dorff | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Victor Dorff

Ultimately, Common Core may provide the right course correction for U.S. education, but the devil is in the transition. Rather than focus first on modifying classroom instruction, we have allowed the testing industry to lead the charge of implementing the new ideas.

The Death of Creativity in the Classroom

Randy Turner | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Randy Turner

The more importance that is placed on standardized tests, the more teaching to the test we will see, including the administering of entire series of practice tests. We will see an increase in scripted, cookie-cutter lesson plans because when administrators' jobs are on the line.

Maya Angelou Challenges Obama Administration "Over Testing"

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Along with 120 other children's book authors, beloved poet and activist Maya Angelou has called President Obama on the carpet for his "testing overuse...

Square Pegs in Round Holes: The Problem With Standardized Testing

Kristen Houghton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Kristen Houghton

Your children are passing so far this year, but are they really learning anything? Is their curiosity being satisfied; are they being educated or merely "taught?" There is a huge difference. Learning is retention; being taught is simply test-taking.

Parents and Teachers Declare War on Common Core

Dr. Anne Hendershott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Dr. Anne Hendershott

Those promoting the Common Core standards maintain that local districts can still design their own curriculum to meet these federal standards. But parents and teachers know that standards drive the curriculum.

The Global Search for Education: School Performance

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"Schools are driven to place too much emphasis on test scores that capture what can easily be measured. In doing so, they neglect other important ski...

Our Kids Today: The Greatest Generation?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

We are America. We should cultivate the wit and wisdom of Ben Franklin, the ingenuity of Thomas Alva Edison, the spirit of the Wright brothers. Were they good test-takers? Who knows? Who cares? I bet the guys at Enron and Madoff had great test scores.

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.

Let's Show Respect for Inner City Students

John Thompson | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
John Thompson

School "reform" is only one of the indignities that my kids face. The high-stakes testing that is driving meaningful instruction out of the urban classrooms is just one cross that my kids must carry.

Stress Test

Arnold Dodge | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents
Arnold Dodge

The numbers paradigm for educational success is misplaced. Setting an unforgiving line in the sand does not give the flexibility to the teacher who understands the whole story of the child.

Why Tests Should Not Be Used to Measure Teacher Performance

Jack Jennings | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Jack Jennings

Evaluating teachers should be a comprehensive scheme that uses a number of factors, but it should not rely heavily on deeply flawed student test results. Our teachers -- and students -- deserve better.

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.

The Gorilla Speaks: It's Time to Change the Conversation About Public Education

Nancy Letts | Posted 06.23.2013 | Parents
Nancy Letts

Instead of pitting public schools against charters and vouchers, we've all got to take an unvarnished look at the gorilla in the room: poverty.

'Twas the Night Before State Tests...

Leonisa Ardizzone | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Leonisa Ardizzone

I told my daughter that from the first moment I began teaching, I knew that the tests were unjust and I despised them. My disgust with them has only grown with each passing year.

Parental Involvement in Education: What Kind? To What Ends?

Alfie Kohn | Posted 04.08.2013 | Parents
Alfie Kohn

Exhortations for more "parental involvement" remind me of calls to be "a good citizen": In the abstract, everyone is for it. But inspected closely, what's most often meant by the term turns out to be considerably more complicated and even worthy of skepticism.

New Face of Teacher Unionism, Eyes Fixed on Testing Mania

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 04.08.2013 | Impact
Dennis Van Roekel

In Seattle, a small but passionate group of educators is using the art of disruption 2.0 to express their dissatisfaction with the status quo. Teachers at Garfield High School took a courageous step to stand up for their students by refusing to administer the flawed and irrelevant MAP test.

The Global Search for Education: If not the SAT, What?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

What if this 21st century replacement for the SAT was able to measure high school students' critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving, and written communication; in other words, all the essential skills that both educators and employers have said students need to succeed in college and the workplace?

Making Mistakes: What Often Goes Unsaid About the Classroom

Sarah Brown Wessling | Posted 03.31.2013 | Education
Sarah Brown Wessling

If we don't want education to be dressed in a culture of defensiveness and excuses, then we must take them away by welcoming such classroom foibles as authentic opportunities to flourish, not as shortcomings to bemoan.

Have a Job? You Could Be the Answer to the Chicago Teacher's Strike

Danny Rubin | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education
Danny Rubin

There is a way to combine testing and real-life skills right now and maybe even lessen the pressure on America's teachers. Know what it is? Show and Tell.