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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!

Joy Resmovits

State Of The Union Likely To Focus On Littlest Learners

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama made K-12 education a major component of his 2012 State of the Union Address -- so much so that the topic garnered the most tra...

Ed Today: Arne Duncan Defends NCLB Waivers, Texas Testing Reduction

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Arne Takes The Stand As we reported yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan faced both praise and skepticism yesterday as he testified befo...

Joy Resmovits

Senator Tells Schools Chief: 'We Are In Regulatory Purgatory, Sir'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan faced an angsty Senate education committee Thursday as he was forced to defend his administration's workaround...

Ed Today: No Child Left Behind Review, Fountainhead In Idaho

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Happy Waiver Day! Today, the Senate's Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the No Child Left Behind waivers, featuring none other than U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the big cheese himself. Catch our preview here.

Joy Resmovits

Obama Ally Attacks White House Education Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration has been under fire for watering down the No Child Left Behind Act by granting waivers that exempt states from its stringent ...

US states, Local Governments Plead For New 'No Child Left Behind'

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - U.S. state and local officials again called on Congress to pass renewed "No Child Left Behind" education legislation, ...

Educating for Democracy: What Do Grades Mean?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 04.07.2013 | College
Joel Shatzky

Certainly, grades were important, but, at least the way I teach my class, my students judged how they learned as more important than measuring what they learned.

A Zero on a Mission

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Monique Ruffin

As a mother of a 6-year-old who has a unique learning style, I'm always on the lookout for creative books that teach fundamentals, such as the alphabe...

Testing Kills the Joy of Teaching and Learning

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

Since NCLB was first implemented, there has not been a moment of reflection for policy makers to determine if these tests are in any way improving teaching and learning. This sorely needed reflection can start by visiting a classroom.

Ed Tonight: Detroit School Closures, Kristof On Pre-K

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.26.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Today In School Closures... Detroit is slated to close even more schools, reports CBS. Enrollment in the Motor City has dwindled from 150,000 to a projected 40,000. "A deficit elimination plan obtained by The Detroit News says the district will close 28 schools [by 2016]," CBS reports. "The closures are expected to save DPS about $13.4 million in operating expenses, but hundreds of district employees will be out of a job." The Free Press has a letter from emergency manager Roy Roberts to the district's employees: DPS has "accelerated the time line for its return to complete fiscal stability," he wrote. But Roberts hasn't said which schools will be shuttered.