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The First Hurdle

Peter Greene | Posted 06.05.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Before you can compile the test answers, before you can crunch the numbers and sift the data and build your house of test-driven cards -- before you can do all that, you have a first hurdle to fling yourself over. The students taking the test have to care.

Get In, Get Info, Get Out: The Awesome Art Of Skimming

Uloop | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Uloop

Whether you blatantly ignored the assignment the night before, had nine more to do or genuinely forgot, everyone has missed a reading assignment. The sheer volume of reading asked of college students is onerous and unrealistic.

Resources Without Accountability Won't Work Any Better Than Accountability Without Resources

Kati Haycock | Posted 04.18.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

At first, our coalition of national civil rights, business, and disabilities organizations may seem like odd bedfellows. Indeed, during the course of...

Write Notes, Not Textbooks: A Guide to Better Note Taking

Uloop | Posted 04.04.2015 | College
Uloop

As familiar as Shakespeare, students can always recognize the sound of the frenzied flurry of paper flipping as the teacher says "this will be on the test."

Joy Resmovits

Liberal Advocates Are Aligning With Congressional Republicans On This Education Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

At the end of every school year, Stephen Lazar, a New York City social studies teacher, would stand in front of his students and apologize to them for...

6 Things That Will Set Your Child Soaring At School This Year

Hilary Wilce | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

There are six things will make all the difference to how well your child does at school this year. Six things will make them feel happy to walk into the classroom, excited about what they are learning there, and able to use all their energies to play, learn and grow.

10 Great Options If You Didn't Get the College Course You Wanted

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Ruairí McKiernan

Didn't get that college place you wanted? Don't stress, you have options, lots of them. Now might not be the right time for college, and you may need more time to figure out what you want to do.

Common Sense Missing in Debate on American Public Education

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 08.30.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

Change is hard and change is scary. So, it's all the more important that when we're making big changes -- especially to essential public services like education -- we take more care to focus on the goal and bring all the stakeholders together.

6 Guaranteed Ways to Screw Up Your Child's Education

Hilary Wilce | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

Want your child to get as little out of school as possible? Here's how.

6 Ways To Decrease SAT Test Stress

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Put the day and test into perspective. This test will NOT determine the rest of your life.

Common Core Standards and PSATs and SATs -- Oh, My!

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 05.04.2014 | Education
Laura Rossi Totten

When I heard that a blogger wrote the new book The Perfect Score Project, I thought that maybe -- just maybe -- Debbie Stier can save one child from the miserable test taking experiences I endured during my childhood education.

We Must Fight Poverty As We Fix Our Schools

Dan Montgomery | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
Dan Montgomery

Today's headlines shouldn't focus just on test scores; they should tell the whole story. Our children are worth real solutions, not fly-by-night "reform" schemes.

How to Prep for the Verbal Reasoning Section of the GRE

Chuck Cohn | Posted 12.14.2013 | College
Chuck Cohn

The GRE is an exam designed for prospective graduate students in many liberal arts fields.So, is it time to start memorizing hundreds of words until your vision is blurred? No! This exam is about studying smarter, not harder.

SAT Scores and Asian American Academic Achievements

Andrew Lam | Posted 11.10.2013 | College
Andrew Lam

According to The National Center for Fair and Open Testing, there's a disturbing trend in SAT scores in America. The score over all has fallen 20 poin...

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.

Straight Talk Hints About the College Application Process

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 10.21.2013 | College
Leslie K. Stein

It might seem a bit early, but if you are in junior high or early high school, this is the perfect time to start to get familiar with the college application process. You do not get do-overs.

Ramadan Reflection Day 9: Understanding Our Responses to Challenges

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

There is a sense of achievement that should stem from completing a day's fast during the intense heat and long hours of the Summer, but the process and challenge of the fast can yield much more than that.

Hard Knocks: Tisha B'av

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

On Tisha B'av, we weep while recalling the most difficult moments in Jewish history. So how are we supposed to deal with adversity in our lives?

Learning From Britain About Charter Schools

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Andreas Schleicher

The U.S. is not alone in its efforts raise results by expanding charter schools. The English government has taken a similar track with its 'academies' track. Will it work and what lessons are there for the U.S.?

What Do Students Think About School?

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 03.06.2013 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

In Spain and most other countries, students who think school is useful are more likely to have high PISA scores in reading, and students who have high scores in reading tend to report that they think school is useful.

Are You Ready?

Jon Whitmore | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Jon Whitmore

Are you ready to move on to the next course in school? To advance to the next level of piano, karate, dance or swimming lessons? To succeed in college? To begin your career? To earn a professional license or certification? To pass the bar exam?

Infographic: The Costs Of Senior Year

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 11.10.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

It's back to school season. That usually means ice-breakers, homework, and navigating a new class schedule. But for seniors, it also means breaking op...

When Graduating From High School Isn't All We Expected

David Behling | Posted 09.07.2012 | College
David Behling

They are the ones who graduate from high school into permanent jobs or marriages or boot camp, without any lag time between ending one thing and starting the next. Do they feel substantially different after graduation?

Making Sense of Your Child's Standardized Test Scores

Sharon Duke Estroff | Posted 06.30.2012 | Parents
Sharon Duke Estroff

Coloring inside the lines didn't carry high stakes when we were kids. But for our children growing up in the era of No-Child-Left-Behind, coloring in ...

You Don't Know Everything When You're 16

Aleida Fernandez | Posted 05.01.2012 | College
Aleida Fernandez

It's a weird feeling for a 19-year-old realizing what you thought was right when you were 16, is not actually correct at all. I found this out the hard way this past week studying for my history midterm.