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High Stakes Testing

What If We Had a Test and Nobody Took It?

John Thompson | Posted 04.07.2014 | 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 04.03.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 03.10.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 02.18.2014 | 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?

How Will US Policymakers Respond to Our Falling PISA Test Scores?

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

Hysteria. That is what I predict will be happening in education circles next year. 2014 may turn out to be frightening for education in America: We w...

It's Time to Investigate Pearson in Texas, Too

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

There's ample evidence that state officials have put the lazy in laissez faire when it comes to providing effective oversight of Pearson's massive contract.

A New Majority for Our Schools, Our Solutions

Randi Weingarten | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

What if, instead of using international rankings to bash our students, schools and teachers, we learned from top-performing countries and applied their lessons for the benefit of all children?

The Schoolhouse: Where Dreams Go to Die?

Arnold Dodge | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Arnold Dodge

Do teachers today encourage risk-taking, moving out of comfort zones, taking chances? Are students still willing to take chances, to risk putting themselves out there? To throw caution to the wind? Unfortunately, for most in schools today the answer is that the classroom is a no-dreaming zone.

Early Learning: This Is Not a Test

Randi Weingarten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

We often hear about the need to prepare our children for the knowledge economy and for life as accomplished adults and productive citizens. This is a noble priority, but it is no more than empty rhetoric unless we take the tangible steps we know will prepare kids.

A Kick in the Head

Vicki Cobb | Posted 12.18.2013 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

You'd think experts on education policy would know better. They need a strong lesson like a kick in the head.

Challenging Questions

Vicki Cobb | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

Here's a question I've been asking my grandchildren and other school-age kids: Who among your teachers do you think is having fun teaching you? By "fun," I mean that you can tell that the teacher wants to be in the room with you, is engaged in the subject and cares that you are also engaged.

Gideon's Math Homework

Alan Singer | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Kids are supposed to be learning to estimate from the start of elementary school so they can stop and say this cannot possibly be the answer, but estimation requires qualities that appear to be neglected in the test prep math curriculum.

After NCLB? Emerging Strategy Shift

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

Now is the critical time for Congress to shift from NCLB's punitive, harmful and ineffective high-stakes testing strategy to a supportive, beneficial and effective strategy: guiding, assisting, funding and holding accountable our low-achieving schools to improve by doing what works.

If Massachusetts was a Country

Alan Singer | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

It appears that in Massachusetts, educational reform does not mean vouchers for private schools, closing poorly performing schools, eliminating tenure for teachers, merit pay, and replacing public schools with privately operated charters.

Parents Support Standardized Testing, According To Poll

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT and JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents

WASHINGTON -- Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to ...

Are Public Schools Headed for a Wall Street-style Crash?

Jason Stanford | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Just like AAA ratings on mortgage-backed securities led to Wall Street's 2008 disaster, a rash of accountability scandals might be precursors to a similar public school crash.

High-Stakes 2.0: Letting Kids Run the Show

Kate Quarfordt | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Kate Quarfordt

If we made it a priority to help every classroom in America feel less like a test-prep bootcamp and more like an NTSA rehearsal, I'm willing to bet that our graduates would be far better prepared for college, career and citizenship.