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The Test From an Adolescent Perspective

Teach Plus | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools." One of the re...

Field Testing Common Core Assessments -- A Big Step Toward a Worthy Goal

Chris Minnich | Posted 03.27.2014 | Education
Chris Minnich

The week of March 24 represents a milestone in American education that I think is worth taking a few moments to reflect on.

Engage Employees And Increase Productivity With An Employee Wellness Program

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 03.21.2014 | Small Business
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

A wellness program is needed to address the mental, emotional, physical, personal and professional health of an employee, thereby increasing employee engagement, productivity and retention.

The Role of Assessments in Special Education

Teach Plus | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools." One of the re...

Don't Just Do Something, Stand There

Dr. Mika Nash | Posted 03.10.2014 | College
Dr. Mika Nash

I would argue that this short-sightedness undermines most organizations. It does so in insidious ways, mostly by draining energy through repeated conversations about what isn't working and unfulfilled promises that, as soon as there is a free moment, everyone will sit down and figure things out.

Kafka on Campus

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.10.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Overwhelmed by incessant emails, policy changes, assessment exercises, learning outcomes and mission statements, we don't know where to turn in our search for an education or a meaningful life.

Using Technology to Test Smarter

Teach Plus | Posted 03.10.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools." One of the re...

Introvert or Extrovert: What Style Is More Likely to Help You Get a Big Promotion at Work?

Jeffrey M Cohn | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Jeffrey M Cohn

There is a good word to describe the "and" versus "either/or" phenomenon being described -- ambiversion.

The New Common Core Assessments: How They Could Stop Patronizing our Students

David M. Steiner | Posted 02.21.2014 | Education
David M. Steiner

Those working with test design must stop patronizing our students in the name of an erroneous conception of fairness and construct rigorous exams that will send clear signals to educators about what they should teach.

Cognitive Analytics: Kevin Greaney With Innovation Assessment Saves Great Minds From Bad Testing

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Have you recently completed a pre-employment assessment? One of the typical Myers Briggs or DiSC tests where you were identified as an 'extrovert' or 'ISTJ' or 'achiever?' If so, you are part of the 33 million people who endured workforce evaluations last year.

Teaching and Learning Over Testing

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.12.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Will the powers-that-be continue to be more concerned with creating a testing and data system that ranks and sorts schools and educators, in the quest for the perfect industrial algorithm to judge teachers, students and schools? Or will they look at the evidence and join educators, students and parents in fighting to reclaim the promise of public education?

The Teaching Deficit

Vashthi Nepaul | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Vashthi Nepaul

The Annual National Assessment (ANA) results have been released. The yearly testing quantifies numeracy and language skills in grades one to six and grade nine and some fewer grades in private schools. This year, seven million children were tested.

From Schooling to Learning in India: How Can We Take Everyone Along?

Pratham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

In a crowded room, deep in rural Bihar in eastern India, a heated discussion was going on. Most people in the room were officials of the government ed...

The Future of K-12 Assessment

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.09.2013 | Impact
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Many educators view standardized testing as a necessary evil of the improvement process. More cynical educators view it as a completely useless proces...

Who Are the All-round Top Students?

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Andreas Schleicher

Just because a student is a top performer in one subject does not necessarily mean that the student excels in all subjects

What Is Louisiana State Superintendent John White Promoting as Common Core Sample Assessment Materials?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

the high-stakes deciding factor in Louisiana CCSS is the PARCC cut score. Never mind really what students learn (or fail to learn); never mind the quality of the EAGLE items or the disconnect between EAGLE and barely-existent PARCC. If New York's experience has taught us anything, it is this: He who sets the cut scores rules the world.

Reclaiming the Title "Land of Opportunity"

Jon Whitmore | Posted 10.01.2013 | College
Jon Whitmore

Dating back to the days of the Bering land bridge, what we now call the United States has historically been populated by people on the move, seeking t...

Big Data and PISA

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 09.20.2013 | Impact
Andreas Schleicher

Big data is the foundation on which education can reinvent its business model and build the coalition of governments, businesses, and social entrepreneurs that can bring together the evidence, innovation and resources to make lifelong learning a reality for all.

Education Fast Forward

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Andreas Schleicher

The toxic co-existence of unemployed graduates on the street, while employers tell us that they cannot find the people with the skills they need, shows that education doesn't automatically translate into better skills, better jobs and better lives.

New Data, Real Progress

Kati Haycock | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Kati Haycock

We are not getting the job done in our high schools nearly as well as we are at earlier grades. Our students are entering high school better prepared, but along the way that advantage is not being translated into proportionate gains among 17-year-olds overall.

Proceed With Caution: New Report Falls Short in Complex Task of Evaluating Teacher Education

Dr. Michael J. Feuer | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Dr. Michael J. Feuer

There is surely room for improvement in the world of teacher preparation -- as there is in all professions -- but the NCTQ report provides an inadequate basis upon which to design and implement positive reforms.

Long Island Newsday Escalates the War on Teachers and Schools

Alan Singer | Posted 07.31.2013 | New York
Alan Singer

Justified accusations of changing student answers on standardized tests in Atlanta, Georgia has led to a national witch hunt and all teachers are now considered suspect of cheating. But the real cheaters are the private companies making mega-bucks selling scripted learning programs.

Joy Resmovits

Less Than Half Of High School Seniors 'Proficient' In Economics On National Exam | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

Fewer than half of high school seniors are proficient in economics, according to the results of the 2012 National Assessment of Educational Progress e...

Minimum Amount of Grades Per Week? Good in Theory, Often Bad in Practice

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Andrew K. Miller

An arbitrary number is not going to support student achievement and teacher practice; focus on a best practice is. Instead of focusing on quantity of assessments, let's focus on quality of assessment practices.

April Is the Cruelest Month

Paul Stoller | Posted 06.15.2013 | College
Paul Stoller

April is the cruelest month. The headwinds we face are very stiff. As we move forward to a new academic year, we'll need to be persistent and resilient to slow the erosion of intellectual life on campus.