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What Changed In College Admissions This Summer

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.10.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

If they've done it the right way, members of the Class of 2016 are just coming back from their Best. Summer. Ever. to realize it may be time to get serious about college. Since many college-bound families started their search in junior year, the biggest question they have right now is "What's changed over the summer?"

How Poverty Stunts Kids' Brain Development

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.24.2015 | Healthy Living

When U.S. scientists confirmed that lead exposure from gasoline caused permanent mental disability, deafness and a host of other health problems, the...

Vietnam Wallops U.S. on Test Scores But Vietnamese Educators Scoff at Tests

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Diane Ravitch

As the Vietnamese deputy commissioner said, PISA measures only one dimension: test-taking skills. Whatever value the standardized tests have is overshadowed by the collateral damage they do to the quality of education and to the standardizing of young minds.

Turns Out, Snow Days Don't Impact Students' Test Scores

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 03.27.2015 | Parents

Students, parents and administrators often make a fuss about snow days, but it's really individual absences that affect learning, according to a new s...

Rebecca Klein

The Racial Achievement Gap Is Costing America's Economy Trillions

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business

The gap in educational achievement between white students and students of color could be costing the nation trillions of dollars, according to a new r...

What Matters More Than Test Scores

Diane Ravitch | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

We should stop obsessing about test scores and start obsessing about the health and well-being of children and their families. The gains would be far more valuable than a few points on a standardized test.

Failure of D.C. Education Reform Initiatives Revealed

Elaine Weiss | Posted 10.11.2014 | DC
Elaine Weiss

This year's release of D.C. Public Schools standardized test scores came with much less fanfare than in 2013 -- growth in "proficiency" is smaller, and district leaders were recently called out for lack of transparency in past releases, and for using averages to hide growing race- and income-based gaps.

Do You Really Know What the Common Core Is?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 10.01.2014 | Education
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Having written curricula and lesson plans geared to the high school level Common Core Standards, I just don't see what all the hub bub's about.

Positively Deviant School Reform?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

If you had six months, little to no resources, and a clear mandate to solve a chronic country-wide problem -- what would you do? As someone who cares deeply about American public education, I believe a certain approach could yield great returns.

No, Education Isn't Enough to Get You Out of the Ghetto

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Over 73 million adults have a college degree in this country, but less than 2 million of them are members of the One Percent. Most earn less than a fifth of what they'd need to qualify for the One Percent.

Why Didn't Your Child Pass the State Math Test? States Better Have a Clear Answer

Linda Rosen | Posted 05.28.2014 | Education
Linda Rosen

Is your child a good student? You might be in for a shock. Come next year, he might fail your state's math test, and that could be just the wake-up call you need. Yet if you're like most parents, you won't just accept the state test result on faith.

NAEP Nonsense: Don't Believe the Hype

Diane Ravitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

There are just as many states using the same misguided strategies who made few or no gains as there were reformy states making big gains. If test-and-punish strategies work, why don't they work everywhere?

International Test Scores Predict Nothing

Diane Ravitch | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

The international test scores are poor economic barometers. What matters most in the decades ahead is the extent to which we cultivate creativity, ingenuity, curiosity, innovation, and thinking differently.

Applying to College: Test Scores, Letters and Resumes

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.14.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Seniors are starting to put the final touches on some of their college applications, which means it's time to look at some of the small details that, taken together, can make a difference in the way your application will be reviewed.

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. ...

Mad As Hell? Don't Just Yell: Use Reboot Illinois' New Sound Off Tool

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Our state's in sorry shape. Debt's growing. Higher taxes are looming. You're mad as hell, now who do you tell? Introducing: Sound Off.

Live By the Test, Die By the Test

Tom Allon | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Tom Allon

Last Spring, my very intelligent 13-year-old daughter came home and told me she took this very hard statewide test. "Daddy, I had to skip eight questions. We didn't even learn that stuff. Why would they test that?"

Joy Resmovits

Why Aren't High School Kids Learning?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

Despite the popular hand-wringing over America's schools, younger students are actually performing at significantly higher levels in reading and math ...

Standardized Testing: The Great Deception

Dr. Rhonda Joy Edwards Vansant | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Dr. Rhonda Joy Edwards Vansant

Standardized testing should not have the overwhelming influence on education that it does. A good teacher knows when her/his students are doing well. Good teachers can create a curriculum and assessments that meet the needs of their students.

This Is Your Brain on Test Scores

Sam Chaltain | Posted 04.27.2013 | Parents
Sam Chaltain

This is not the first time the Times has uncritically conflated something as comprehensive as "a better education" with something as singular as student reading and math scores. I imagine it won't be the last.

Testing, Testing: Some Ground Rules About the ACT and SAT

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 03.25.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

As juniors put together and review their college lists, it makes sense to talk about one of the most misunderstood parts of the college application process -- testing. Follow this advice, and all the details that drive other students crazy will fall into place for you.

Teacher Keeps Promise To Wear Sexy French Maid Outfit If Students Raise Grades

Posted 11.06.2012 | Education

A currently unidentified teacher in China's Guangxi province is making waves after photos of her surfaced online leading class in a sexy French maid o...

Report Cards Give Wisconsin Schools Look At Student Growth

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Erin Richards | Posted 12.29.2012 | Education

No matter how excellent the teaching force at ALBA School on Milwaukee's south side, third-graders might never score well in reading on the state stan...

Chicago Teachers Say No to High-Stakes Testing Madness

Lisa Guisbond | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Lisa Guisbond

Sometimes classroom educators must use their "Teacher Voice" to restore sanity. That's what is happening in Chicago, where striking public school teachers are shouting "enough is enough" to test-driven school reform schemes.

Education Spending Not Buying Better Test Scores

Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics

The federal government has spent more than $293 billion in the past decade to improve student academic performance, on top of a combined $5.5 trillion...