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Duncan Grants 3 More States No Child Left Behind Exemptions

www.huffingtonpost.com | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced on Monday that three more states would join the ranks of those given permission to ignore par...

NCLB Waivers Granted To 3 More States

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced on Monday that three more states would join the ranks of those given permission to ignore part...

Most Of This State's Schools Failed Federal Tests

www.therepublic.com | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

More than two-thirds of North Dakota's public school districts failed to meet annual federal education standards, and one superintendent says it's bou...

Joy Resmovits

Civil Rights Groups Say 'Not So Fast' On NCLB Waivers

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

As droves of states wiggle out from some of the toughest components of the much-maligned federal No Child Left Behind Act, school districts in states ...

The Arcane Rules That Drive Outcomes Under 'No Child Left Behind'

shankerblog.org | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

A big part of successful policy making is unyielding attention to detail (an argument that regular readers of this blog hear often). Choices about des...

Joy Resmovits

Polis On LGBT Bullying: 'Hatred Has No Place In The Classroom'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.18.2013 | Gay Voices

Bayli Silberstein, an eighth-grade student in a Florida public school, saw it firsthand. Her friends, she said, were routinely bullied for their s...

Education Reform: Starting at the Beginning

Amy Weisberg, M.Ed. | Posted 06.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Amy Weisberg, M.Ed.

Reform is the act of changing an institution to improve it, actually to reform it and create something better. True education reform needs to create a system that supports students with high standards, financial commitment and well-paid, respected, dedicated professionals guiding students.

In Birthplace of High-stakes Testing, Lawmakers Turn on Its Godfather

Jason Stanford | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Nowhere is the movement against high-stakes testing as strong as it is in Texas where all this started. Now, 86 percent of the state's school boards have adopted resolutions opposing the over-reliance on high-stakes testing.

Pearson and the Atlanta School Mess

Alan Singer | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

How did Pearson, which claims to have checkpoints "built into the process to ensure consistent progress in achieving school improvement goals," attempt to establish the validity of the Atlanta school district's claims for off-the-charts improvement on test scores before taking credit for the results?

High-stakes Testing Makes Cheating Inevitable

Jason Stanford | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

The latest example came late on Good Friday when an Atlanta grand jury indicted 35 teachers, administrators and principals under laws meant to target the mafia.

My Privilege Can't Save Me -- or My Kids -- From High Stakes Testing

Lori Ungemah | Posted 06.01.2013 | Parents
Lori Ungemah

I did not think the culture of testing could reach me and my children in my white, upperclass neighborhood of Park Slope. I thought my race and class privilege could save my own children from an educational experience riddled with test preparation and test stress. I was wrong.

Why Teachers Cheat

David Callahan | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
David Callahan

Perhaps the best way to think of these cheating scandals is that they are the result of a natural experiment: What happens when you change incentives so that low test numbers translate into pain and high test numbers translate into rewards?

Industrial Age Education Is a Disservice to Students

John Baker | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
John Baker

We've all seen teachers assign texts and say, 'There will be a test to follow.' This is how the system is set up -- but it's not the kind of learning that kids need. What are they going to do when they get out in the real world?

Ed Today: Teacher Tenure Targeted In North Carolina; Few Options For New Orleans Kids In Failing Schools

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

North Carolina Bill Targets Teachers A top North Carolina lawmaker has introduced several education reform measures du jour -- including one that would end tenure -- reports the News & Observer. "Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger on Tuesday unveiled what he called the second round of education reforms aimed at holding schools and teachers more accountable for students' progress - including ending tenure and grading entire schools," the N & O reports. Last year, he introduced the same bill. But this time around, Republicans hold a veto-proof majority, so one never knows.

Another Film About a Struggling School... Why Should You Care?

Jacquie Jones | Posted 05.19.2013 | Black Voices
Jacquie Jones

It's time to address the top-down, mostly privately-funded school reform "movement" currently shaping our national education policy and the impact it's having on black and brown and, most especially, poor children.

Ed Today: Michelle Rhee Group Opens South Carolina Outfit; Common Core Supporters Strike Back

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Michelle Rhee Sets Up Shop In SC StudentsFirst, the former D.C. chancellor's national lobbying group, is branching out into South Carolina, reports the Post and Courier. The paper notes that SC received a "D" grade on SF's recent policy report card -- not exactly stellar. On the group's SC agenda: turnarounds, teacher evaluations, charter school accountability, and the parent trigger.

Ed Today: John Legend On Education; North Dakota Withdraws No Child Left Behind Waiver Request

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

John Legend, Saving Your Schools? Musician John Legend appeared at USC last night to promote his education reform agenda, according to the Daily Trojan. "If we think demography is destiny, we will allow our school system to confirm that belief," Legend said, echoing basically the entire reform movement. He serves on the board education advocacy group Stand for Children.

Teacher-Evaluation Plans Bedevil D.C., Waiver States

www.edweek.org | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

Even though 34 states and the District of Columbia have No Child Left Behind Act waivers in hand, many of them are still negotiating with the U.S. Dep...

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Jason Stanford | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

When he campaigned for his Houston-area legislative seat last year, Democrat Gene Wu heard so many complaints from parents and teachers about Texas' new standardized test that he took the 5th grade math test himself.

Ed Today: School Safety Addressed At House Education Committee Hearing; Arne Duncan's Sequestration Hype

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

House Education Panel On School Safety On Wednesday, members of the House Education & Workforce Committee mulled over ways to keep schools safe in light of the horrific Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting, reports Politics K-12. Witnesses told the committee that "school resource officers, additional guidance counselors, and professional development for educators can help schools head off tragedies," the blog reports. But there was next to no conversation about gun control. Hmmm.

Students, Teachers In Several Cities Protest Standardized Tests

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.20.2013 | Teen

High school students and teachers in cities around the U.S. have decided they hate standardized tests so much, they're just not going to take them, ac...

Shall We Drug Test Our Pre-schoolers?

Steve Nelson | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Steve Nelson

When we grant subsidies to large corporations, or bail out the financial leaders who led our economy to the brink, we don't ask the recipients of social largess to take semi-annual drug tests. We only mistrust the poor folks who are the victims of an increasingly inequitable society.

Is Texas Ending High-Stakes Testing?

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

As of last month, 86 percent of Texas school boards representing 91 percent of the state's 5 million public school students had adopted resolutions opposing high-stakes testing.

NCLB Waivers Weaken Graduation Rate Accountability: Study

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

-- Many states granted waivers from the No Child Left Behind law are relaxing or ignoring federal regulations designed to hold schools accountable fo...

Ed Today: 'House Of Cards' Goes Where No Congress Has Gone In Recent Years; SOTU And Early Education

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Netflix Reauthorizes No Child Left Behind? Or so quips this EdWeek headline. Real-life Congress hasn't yet reauthorized NCLB (since 2007!), but characters on the Netflix series "House of Cards" do. "[Writer Beau] Willimon noted on Twitter that he hinged the plot on education because it affects us all directly and indirectly, and because of the contention that often revolves around education reform," EdWeek writes. Read the full story for a taste of which education fights the show covers. My take: Obviously TV isn't reality, but there are a few major inaccuracies. The most glaring one in my eyes is that teachers unions can't legally hold a national strike over some federal legislation they dislike!