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How Is Student Testing Related to the Asian Tiger Mosquito

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

If you are administration, make sure teachers know they are more than their test scores. If you are a parent, support schools as they experiment with different strategies of implementation as we seek a more rational place with testing.

The People United

David Morris | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Even mighty New York City, with over 8 million people, must go hat in hand to Albany to request permission to reduce city speed limits, install red light cameras, open their courts at night, or raise taxes other than those imposed on property.

Sarah Rich: Finding the Right Pieces

A Teacher Like You | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
A Teacher Like You

Having such a small amount of confidence and not having teachers who truly, genuinely believe in you can really interfere with your education. Students have to have life lessons to help them survive in the world.

Arne Duncan on Education -- and Injustice

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Fran Moreland Johns

At a recent Commonwealth Club of California program moderated by EdSource editor-at-large John Fensterwald, Duncan spoke briefly about educational gains made during his seven-year term as U.S. Secretary of Education.

I Expect the Highest Scores

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 10.27.2015 | Education
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

A multiple choice test doesn't speak to overall emotional intelligence, or how conscientious he is as a student. It won't measure motivation or empathy for others, nor will it tell you if a student is typically open to new ideas or one who bounces back quickly from disappointment.

"Is My Child Gifted?" Sending Up a Flare from Lake Wobegon

Lori Day | Posted 10.06.2015 | Parents
Lori Day

I just tire of parents who ramble on about presumed or actual giftedness for the purpose of deflecting attention away from other reasons their child is going off the rails in school.

It's Not Just Carmakers Who Cheat

Joel Dreyfuss | Posted 09.26.2015 | Business
Joel Dreyfuss

The news that Volkswagen "cheated" on emissions tests by using software was not a surprise to me. In my day, cheaters were in the minority, but they were a reminders that technologically-driven companies are not necessarily superior in morality, much as they like to proclaim.

Make it Stop

Dean Shareski | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Dean Shareski

There are two things that have to happen in order for us to stop repeating the mistakes of LAUSD. First, we have to understand that technology changes the way we learn.

Testing Co Author Archive

The Huffington Post | Anupam Kodangada | Posted 07.20.2015 | Training
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Our Golden Opportunity

Lily Eskelsen Garcia | Posted 07.05.2015 | Education
Lily Eskelsen Garcia

With the reauthorization of the absurd and dysfunctional NCLB, we have a chance to once again let teachers teach and let students learn. We have a chance to ignite their imaginations, encourage them to reach their full potential, and expand their world view beyond filling in bubble tests with a #2 pencil.

Educating Our Children for the Common Good

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

Joel Westheimer, professor of education at the University of Ottawa and education commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, unpacks important insights on schools and what happens in classrooms on a daily basis.

The Power of What If

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 05.26.2015 | 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.

Education Is Harmful When You Measure the Wrong Things

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

"Measure the wrong things and you'll get the wrong behaviors." This simple statement succinctly characterizes why the American education system continues beating its head against the wall.

Ghosts in the Testing Machine: Ex Machina and Education Reform

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Sam Chaltain

What makes a mind come alive? And how will you know when it's happened? Two new films -- one about the death of the factory school, the other about the dawn of artificial intelligence -- attempt to answer this question from radically different vantage points.

Set Up to Fail: High Stakes Testing in Public Schools

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
Stacey Steinberg

Imagine being a nine-year-old child. Picture yourself studying for a test, walking into class, feeling confident you prepared the best you could. How would you feel if after finishing the test you only understood half the questions? Would your confidence be shaken?

Don't Blame the Test

Elissa Stein | Posted 06.23.2015 | Education
Elissa Stein

There are currently a myriad of issues with NYC's high school system. The SHSAT shouldn't be blamed for them, nor exorcised with the intention that its disappearance would solve serious problems that still need to be addressed.

Felony Teaching

Joel Judd | Posted 06.17.2015 | Denver
Joel Judd

However much tests cost, they are vastly less expensive than adequately funding education. This is a great advantage to those who favor appearance over substance.

Accountability for Whom?

Pedro Noguera | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Pedro Noguera

It is sad and ironic that in this era when the mantra about accountability in education is mouthed repeatedly by policymakers, those who have the most authority accept no accountability for the system they have managed and created.

A Short, Thumb-nail Sketch of What's Going on With College Admissions Testing: The "New" SAT and "Old" ACT

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 06.14.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

For the Class of 2016-2017 (current sophomores) colleges and universities will be accepting the new SAT, but many have not yet decided whether they will continue to accept the old one. Oh boy!

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."

Grade-Span Tests Are Not the Answer

Teach Plus | Posted 06.07.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Congress can ensure a better future for our kids by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that empowers schools to limit redundant benchmarking assessments, maintains annual standardized tests for third through eighth grade, and changes the stakes to offer more support to teachers serving students with the greatest needs.

Not So Simple Machines

Claire Wapole | Posted 05.31.2015 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

My second grade daughter has lived through an extreme fixation on the study of simple machines at school. My sixth and eighth grade kids also studied simple machines when they were in second grade, but it involved a few worksheets and a classroom project designed to catch a leprechaun.

10 Signs You May Have Kidney Disease

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 05.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

While the only way to know for sure if you have kidney disease is to get tested, there are a number of physical signs. Sometimes people attribute these physical symptoms of kidney disease to other conditions. This is because those with kidney disease tend not to experience symptoms until the very late stages, when the kidneys are failing or when there are large amounts of protein in the urine.

An Open Letter to My Students: I Am Sorry for What I Am About to Do to You

Jessica Lifshitz | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Jessica Lifshitz

To all of my precious students: My guess is that all of you will wonder why I am making you take these tests. And the answer is simple. I have to. Our state and federal government say that I have to give these tests to you. That you must take them. And I need you to know how very sorry I am about that.

PARCC Is 30 Days of Destruction

Branden Rippey | Posted 05.03.2015 | Education
Branden Rippey

We are offended by the situation in which we find ourselves, in which education policy is dictated by billionaires who never taught a day in their lives, while our patiently gained professional expertise is ignored. Thirty days of testing is sufficiently outrageous and -- we believe -- indefensible.