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Ferguson's Lessons for the Fall Semester

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.17.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

As students return to school this fall with the echoes of gunshots and angry protests reverberating across the country, how will teachers address the lessons of Ferguson? Will they even be able to do so?

Authentic Civics Learning at BxDCA High School

Alan Singer | Posted 08.04.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Bravo students, teachers, and administrators at BxDCA high school for real learning, not the phony stuff sold by Common Core and the high-stakes testing companies.

Why We're Wrong About Affirmative Action: Stereotypes, Testing and the 'Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations'

William A. Darity Jr. | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
William A. Darity Jr.

There is little reason to believe that the widely held claim that black and Latino students enter selective universities as comparatively inferior students will not cease to rear its ugly head. It is a pervasive stereotype that minority students must face from matriculation to graduation.

Are Math Teachers Really Better Than Social Studies Teachers? Everything Depends on the "Cut" Score

Alan Singer | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

New York State's latest test results tell us very little about student and teacher performance and have nothing to do with rigor. We also do not know what they say about college and career readiness.

Out of the Frying Pan

Jerry Waxman | Posted 08.23.2014 | Education
Jerry Waxman

Florida was the incubator for what passes as school reform today. Jeb Bush, through his foundations, pushed school vouchers, charter schools, rigid testing and the word school choice, which is code for segregation.

SCALE and edTPA Fire Back!: Methinks They Doth Protest Too Much

Alan Singer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Beverly Falk, a professor of Early Childhood Education at the City College of New York and the director of its Graduate Program posted a statement defending the Teacher Professional Assessment, better known as edTPA. But there are a few things Dr. Falk neglected to mention in her defense.

Education Policy Today: The Death of Gestalt, the Rise of Data and Why W.E. Deming is Turning Over in His Grave

Arnold Dodge | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Arnold Dodge

Considering a perspective for educators to view children as more than the sum of their parts, seeing a learner as a developing entity, understanding that children are multi-faceted and multi-talented, is anathema to today's education policy makers who are governed by market-driven analytics.

Why Pearson Tests Our Kids

Alan Singer | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

For all its claims about efficacy, Pearson is not a very efficient company. For all its claims about valuing education, the only thing Pearson appears to value is profit.

Just Another Brick in the Wall: How Education Researchers Ignore the Ends to Tweak the Means

Alfie Kohn | Posted 08.04.2014 | Education
Alfie Kohn

Is a given lesson worth teaching? I may not always be sure of the answer, but I'm pretty sure that's the question we should be asking, rather than employing discipline, or demanding self-discipline, or pulling stuff off the walls in hopes that students will devote their attention to something whose value is simply taken for granted.

How to Pass a Pearson Test or Peeling the Pearson Pineapple

Alan Singer | Posted 08.02.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson and Common Core are not testing what you know, what you think, or what you can explain. They are testing what you can find in the passage and whether you follow directions.

It's Time for a New Accountability in American Education

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Voices across the country are raising concerns about the new Common Core State Standards. But if you listen carefully to the conversations, the main concern is not about the standards, themselves, but about the consequences of high-stakes tests attached to the standards. And those concerns are well-placed.

Reclaim the Promise of Brown v. Board

Randi Weingarten | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

How is it that, 60 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended the legal basis for separate but equal schooling, some public schools in the United States have gleaming labs, libraries and laptops while others lack textbooks, toilet paper and teachers certified in their subjects?

The Pseudo-Science of Common Core and High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

It seems that the more students, teachers, and families express concern about Common Core and high-stakes testing, the more its proponents rush to defend the indefensible with unsubstantiated claims for their wonderfulness.

What If We Had a Test and Nobody Took It?

John Thompson | Posted 06.06.2014 | Education
John Thompson

In a rational world, the public school test prep season wouldn't heat up during the winter and the first of April wouldn't signify the beginning of th...

High Stakes

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Robert Koehler

A mind is a terrible thing to test, especially a child's mind -- if, in so doing, you reduce it to a number and proceed to worship that number, ignoring the extraordinary complexity and near-infinite potential of what you have just tested.

When Stakes are High and Outcomes Questionable, Parents Should Resist

Arnold Dodge | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Arnold Dodge

The stress that is put on the whole system is troubling. The stress put on individual students is unconscionable.

Uncommon Core Heightens Race and Class Math Divide

Alan Singer | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The uproar over high-stakes testing associated with Common Core in New York State and complaints that children are being tested on things they were not taught, has obscured the deepening of racial, ethnic and class divisions in education in New York and the United States.

Saving the Appearances: Long Live the SAT

Susan D. Blum | Posted 05.07.2014 | College
Susan D. Blum

The SAT would again be transformed. Back to the old 1600 score. No more obscure vocabulary. No specialized math. No penalties for wrong guesses.

Cheng's Views on Chinese and American Education

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Notice that the percentage of Chinese eighth graders scoring "advanced" in mathematics is higher that the percentage of eighth graders scoring "advanced" from all other nations. After all, isn't the Race to the Top really the Race to the Top of the World? China sure is lucky. Or is it?

Kress Now Lobbying for Pre-K... Testing

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

Using tablet computers to measure a 4-year-old's social and emotional development -- and then applying those scientifically untested results to a teacher's job security -- is an invitation to corrupt the entire public school experience.

Dying Student Still Has To Prove He Can't Take A Standardized Test

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents

UPDATE: Ethan Rediske died on Thursday, his family told News 13. Eleven-year-old Ethan Rediske has been in hospice care for the past month and is l...

Teachers Evaluate Their Evaluations and Evaluators

Alan Singer | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The positions taken by NYSUT represent a major new development in the nationwide battle over Common Core, high-stakes testing, Race to the Top, and newly mandated teacher evaluation systems.

Beware! Pearson's Plan for Education Is Coming to a Country Near You

Alan Singer | Posted 03.23.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

An examination of the Pearson publishing mega-giant's plan to control public education in Great Britain makes clear, the greatest threat to local initiatives in public education may be from powerful global corporations.

Wake Up Call For New York's Gov. Cuomo

Laurel M. Sturt | Posted 03.12.2014 | New York
Laurel M. Sturt

In a recent New York state public forum about the Common Core with Education Commissioner John King and state Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch in Manhattan, the room was rife with rancor, as it had been in previous forums all over the state. Late in the evening, when it finally came my turn to speak, I sought to enliven the soporific atmosphere with a surprising declaration. Along with the rest of the shills for corporate education, I announced, Commissioner King and Chancellor Tisch should be arrested on several counts

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?