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Secretary Of Education Admits Standardized Test Have Big Flaws

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan conceded Tuesday that there are serious flaws in standardized testing, telling attendees at a meeting of the Americ...

The Stubborn Insistence That the Common Core Is NOT a Curriculum

Shaun Johnson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

We can call the CCSS the Common Core State Benchmarks, Guidelines, Requirements, or Ensigns for all I care. But this does not eliminate the fundamental truth that the CCSS is a curriculum. And like many iterations of curriculum, it is sullied by the ideologies and personal ambitions of its architects.

Hands-On Research Is a Critical Part of the New Next Generation Science Standards

Elizabeth Marincola | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Marincola

Since it's not likely that Congress will pass education legislation forcing top-down federal standards, these new standards may be our best hope to ensure that science education does not become a "race to the bottom."

The Runaway Train

Eric Sheninger | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Eric Sheninger

I am all for meaningful change that will benefit our students, but I continue to scratch my head as I watch what is happening in the state I live in (NY) and the one where I work (NJ). I am still trying to figure out how SGP's will work.

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?

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?

Bringing Free Market Choices to Education

John Katzman | Posted 05.28.2013 | Impact
John Katzman

Free markets have sometimes led to excess -- reality TV and supersized soft drinks come to mind -- but have also given us incredible innovation, a remarkable degree of choice and the world's strongest economy. And yet free markets are absent from K-12 education.

Pearson Rakes in the Profit (Update)

Alan Singer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Business
Alan Singer

Something consistently missing in a report that emphasizes growth and profit is students and whether Pearson's high tech snake oil actually promotes student learning. Pearson is a money making machine, but is this education?

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.

Teacher Evaluation Funding Follies

David Bloomfield | Posted 05.14.2013 | New York
David Bloomfield

The current use of student test scores for such decisions is so fraught with unknowns that we do a disservice to all when we pretend they have any statistical utility in personnel decisions. The chief myth underlying this set of political follies is that we know enough to do no harm.

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.

Two Cheers for President Obama's New Education Policies

John Thompson | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
John Thompson

I support high-quality pre-school, but we should not repeat the errors of "reformers" who mandated risky top down policies without first contemplating the social science.

Empty Promises in Obama's Mis-Education Agenda

Alan Singer | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

I was hoping to hear something positive about the future of public education in President Obama's State of the Union speech. There was nothing there but shallow celebration of wrong-headed policies and empty promises.

How the President Should Address the State of Our Nation's Schools

Tony Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Tony Smith, Ph.D.

President Obama must speak to Americans whose greatest worry is whether their kids will get into a great college and also those whose immediate fear is that their kids won't get home safely from school.

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, ...

The Global Search for Education: If not the SAT, What?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

What if this 21st century replacement for the SAT was able to measure high school students' critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving, and written communication; in other words, all the essential skills that both educators and employers have said students need to succeed in college and the workplace?

Joy Resmovits

Arne Duncan: Toll Of Student Deaths 'Untenable'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a forthcoming interview with Bloomberg Radio, reiterated his plans for a big push on early childhood educa...

Districts Face Roadblocks In Developing Teacher Evaluations

| Jackie Mader | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. School districts around the country are facing obstacles as they attemp...

Opposition Grows to School Deform

Alan Singer | Posted 03.26.2013 | Education
Alan Singer

Despite promises, a growing number of parents and teachers are unhappy with Obama's showcase program, Race to the Top. They argue it is the antithesis of the education, justice, and equality he claims is central to his ideas and American values.

Breaking the Congressional Logjam on Education

Jack Jennings | Posted 03.25.2013 | Education
Jack Jennings

Daily, members of Congress orate on the need for American schools to improve. Yet yesterday, the legislation authorizing every major federal program to assist education has expired or will soon lapse due to the lack of action by Congress.

City, Union Blame Each Other For Deal Failure, Potential $450M Loss

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 01.18.2013 | Education

NEW YORK -- The city and its teachers' union can't agree on how to evaluate the educators, an impasse that has put the nation's largest school distric...

Obama's Education Policy: What Will Be The Legacy Of His Second Term?

Maria Voles Ferguson | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Maria Voles Ferguson

While the Race to the Top program has been widely praised (despite no formal evaluation data to consider yet), the Education Department's granting of No Child Left Behind waivers has raised concerns, especially as it pertains to holding schools and states accountable for student achievement.

Joy Resmovits

The Road Forward: White House Assessing Major Preschool Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama's education secretary, has a slogan that summarizes his tenure and the view of his mission that he shares with his...

Ed Tonight: New York City Teacher Evaluation Talks Fail, School Discipline Crisis

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Deal Or No Deal? This afternoon, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said the union was calling it quits on negotiations with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg over teacher evaluations. Shockingly, each side blames the other. What does this mean? The city will lose oh, a couple hundred million dollars in state budget money. Bloomberg says, via Gothamschools, that it's "too soon to tell" whether the loss will necessitate teacher layoffs.

NYC Schools Stand To Lose $450 Million As City, Union Bicker

The Huffington Post | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 01.17.2013 | Education

New York City stands to lose up to $450 million in funding as tense negotiations between the city and teachers union fell apart on an evaluation plan ...