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William E. White | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
William E. White

We can educate our children by rote, but we will surely lose the future unless we embrace our enlightenment heritage of reason, logic, and innovation.

Joy Resmovits

American Students Perform Worse As They Reach Higher Grades

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

High school test scores released by the federal government Wednesday provide fresh evidence of a troubling theme in American education: Students seem ...

What NAEP Tells Us About How Much America Cares About Black Children

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.09.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

It would seem everyone has an answer for how to improve education. There has been progress, but not the sea change required for more citizens to enter...

Some Hard Truths About Education (and NAEP) in Tennessee

Elaine Weiss | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

A two-year bump in NAEP scores in Tennessee has prompted vocal assertions of their implications from leaders at the state and even the federal level. A few of these assertions are reasonable, many are exaggerated, and some are downright false.

A Look Ahead at 2014 in Education Reform

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.05.2014 | Comedy
Steve Nelson

Governor Rick Perry misses the press conference. His staff reports that he was still trying to '...figure out what all these numbers mean' and that he hadn't been able to get his hair ready in time.

Education Should Be About Preparing for Tomorrow

Vince Bertram | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Vince Bertram

We need to have higher expectations for ourselves as educators, parents, and policymakers; and we need to have higher expectations for our students -- they will meet the bar wherever it is set.

Joy Resmovits

Why City Students' Test Scores 'Should Concern Everyone'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

Students in America's largest cities are scoring higher on math and reading exams, but still perform well below the national average, according to a n...

A Gust of Good News From NAEP

Jon Erickson | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Jon Erickson

When it comes to permanently shaping the landscape it is slow and steady force that literally moves mountains. It may be that we're witnessing the impact of similar subtle shifts in the most recent report from the National Assessment for Educational Progress.

Diane Ravitch's Realistic Assessment of 2013 NAEP Results and Reform 'Success'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

In his smug review of education historian Diane Ravitch's November 8, 2013, questioning of the inconsistencies in 2013 National Assessment of Educatio...

How Should We Read NAEP Test Score Results in Washington D.C.?

John Thompson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
John Thompson

We teachers have enough on our plates helping our students, fighting the cheaper, but equally dangerous knock-offs of D.C.'s IMPACT evaluation system, and working for humane and evidence-driven methods to improve our schools. We shouldn't waste our strength worrying about whether evidence that supports the accountability hawks is exaggerated or not.

NAEP Nonsense: Don't Believe the Hype

Diane Ravitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

There are just as many states using the same misguided strategies who made few or no gains as there were reformy states making big gains. If test-and-punish strategies work, why don't they work everywhere?

Joy Resmovits

Here's How Americans Stack Up Against Students In Other Countries

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

When it comes to math skills, Alabama performs like Armenia, Mississippi comes close to Dubai, Washington, D.C., performs like Ukraine, and Massachuse...

DC-CAS Gains: Grounds for Caution, not Champagne

Elaine Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Elaine Weiss

In June, DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced that, according to the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS), more students are proficient in math and reading than ever before.

Flummoxed Kids, Enraged Teachers: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

In the early 1990s, Maryland put in place a complex, performance-based assessment to determine if elementary school students could demonstrate complex problem-solving and think critically across disciplines. The state was in an uproar.

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.

Joy Resmovits

Why Aren't High School Kids Learning?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

Despite the popular hand-wringing over America's schools, younger students are actually performing at significantly higher levels in reading and math ...

Broader, Bolder Should Have Done Better Homework

Eric Lerum | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Eric Lerum

Having worked directly on the education reforms implemented in D.C. over the past several years, I read with interest a recently released national report that purports to examine the impacts of various education reforms in three of the nation's largest cities.

U.S. Education Deserves the Same Statistical Sophistication as Baseball and Elections

Martin Carnoy | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Martin Carnoy

We're a nation that's coming to respect statistics. Billy Bean convinced us that better statistics could beat bigger payrolls in sports. Nate Silver helped humble Karl Rove's money machine with better statistics. Maybe it's time to take a more careful look at the international test statistics judging how good our nation's schools are.

The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

William H. Schmidt | Posted 01.05.2013 | Education
William H. Schmidt

The good news is that teachers and parents are open to the idea of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The bad news is that parents and teachers don't have a lot of information about what the Common Core really is

Stretching New York's Public Education Dollar

Carol Kellermann | Posted 12.12.2012 | New York
Carol Kellermann

As pressure mounts to increase school aid in the next state budget, state leaders should focus less on increasing spending and more on redirecting existing funds to better meet student needs.

Alex Kuczynski-Brown

Most U.S. Students Lack Writing Proficiency: NAEP

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Kuczynski-Brown | Posted 09.18.2012 | Education

Only roughly one quarter of eighth and 12th graders are proficient in writing, according to results from the National Assessment of Educational Progre...

U.S. Students Still Lag Behind Foreign Peers, Outpaced By 24 Countries

Posted 09.22.2012 | Education

U.S. students aren't progressing to catch up to their peers in other industrialized countries. A report recently published by Harvard University's ...

Can Common Core Turn on the Math and Science?

Alan Singer | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

I worry that with the Common Core Standards focus on mastering skills through repetitive practice, students will never learn to find their own solutions to chemistry or geometry problems.

U.S. Students Can Run Successful Science Experiments, But Can't Explain Results

Posted 06.19.2012 | Education

American students can successfully complete science experiments at school, but can't explain their results. A new report out of the National Assess...

Joy Resmovits

Expert: American Scores 'Unacceptable' On National Science Exams

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.08.2012 | Education

About a third of eighth-graders who took a national science exam in 2011 were proficient, according to results released Thursday, a statistic called "...