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What Matters More Than Test Scores

Diane Ravitch | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

We should stop obsessing about test scores and start obsessing about the health and well-being of children and their families. The gains would be far more valuable than a few points on a standardized test.

Are Common Core Standards Actually Data Tags?

Peter Greene | Posted 07.18.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Decoupling? Not going to happen. You can't have a data system without tagging, and you can't have a tagging system with nothing to tag. Education and teaching are just collateral damage in all this, and not really the main thing at all.

Education in the 'Twilight Zone'

Arnold Dodge | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Arnold Dodge

Designing a plan without the leadership of those who know the system best is more like misanthropy than philanthropy. For those who tell me they want to assist our schools, I will not sign on until I know educators are at the center of the decision making.

The Testing Insanity and Collateral Damage

Vicki Cobb | Posted 07.04.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

For parents, the fear is that their precious child might become collateral damage in the struggle to correct this unmitigated destruction that is happening to public education.

Opt Your Child Out of State Testing: Don't Feed the Machine

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

This week begins the make-or-break, do-or-die standardized testing that will label your child a success or a failure. I urge you not to let your child take the state test. Opt out.

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.

Moms and Dads and School

Ron Berler | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Ron Berler

All are complex problems, entwined in money, ideology and bureaucracy and exceedingly difficult to repair. But there is one broken element in public education that is apolitical in nature and costs zero to fix.

Florida Sets Math, Reading Goals Based On Race, Ethnicity

Posted 10.12.2012 | Education

Just a few weeks after a similar move by Virginia was met with controversy, Florida has also adopted achievement standards based on race and ethnicity...

Educating for Democracy: A Modest Proposal for Standardized Tests

Joel Shatzky | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The controversy over standardized testing was given new focus by the recent Chicago teachers strike. One of their major objections was to having the Chicago Board of Education use these tests heavily to determine teacher competence.

Racial Standards In Virginia's New Achievement Standards Draw Ire

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 08.30.2012 | Education

Virginia's new achievement standards have raised eyebrows. Part of the state's new standards dictate a specific percentage of racial group that s...

Justin Snider: Thinking We Know What We Test

| Justin Snider | Posted 10.23.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. An op-ed in The New York Times on August 20th, "Testing What We Think We Know," argued tha...

The Big Snooze (High Stakes Testing and the Low Stakes Mentality)

Larry Strauss | Posted 07.31.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

"Please do your best," I say. "Please don't make me look bad." That one is their favorite -- and why shouldn't it be? It empowers them as do few aspects of their education.

Teachers Accused Of Giving Students Answers On State Tests In Exchange For Perks

Posted 05.30.2012 | Education

Teachers at a Brooklyn elementary school are accused of giving their students the answers on standardized tests, reports the New York Daily News. In r...

Getting Ready for Online Assessment

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.29.2012 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

Online assessment will power the future of customized learning -- the best chance we have to dramatically boost achievement levels.

The Problem With School Accountability Systems

Dr. Thomas W. Payzant | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
Dr. Thomas W. Payzant

Using test results to drive teacher and leader effectiveness is akin to poking the raw batter with a toothpick. Which is why it hasn't worked and is not going to.

The Future Of Standardized Testing: Are Computers At The Helm?

Education Week | Catherine Gewertz | Posted 03.11.2012 | Education

With one set of academic standards now serving as the educational guideposts in nearly every state, questions are hovering about what the tests for th...

It's Not How Often You Test -- It's What You Think Tests Tell You

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.11.2012 | Education
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

How do we make sure that testing is perceived as informative and challenging, rather than as a series of anxiety-filled experiences that disrupt real learning?

New York's Rebellious School Principals

Kevin Welner | Posted 01.10.2012 | Education
Kevin Welner

Over the past decade, these principals had a front-row seat as they watched NCLB and related policies create perverse incentives to teach to the test and narrow curriculum, they are pushing back against ramping up those incentives.

Can Teachers Opt Out?

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 11.24.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

How do teachers resist the culture of high stakes testing and the continued participation in a system that is clearly not pedagogically sound and is purposively destructive to children, teachers, schools and communities?

Test Your Credit Knowledge

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 09.19.2011 | Business
Jeanne Kelly

Now that the kids are back in school and taking tests I thought you should test your credit knowledge. It's a simple, True or False test! TRUE OR FAL...

Joy Resmovits

WATCH: Atlanta Public Schools Shaken By Cheating Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.04.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that widespread cheating inflated Atlanta Public Schools' 2009 state standardized tests scores....

Tiger Moms Say: No Room For Fun In U.S. Classrooms

nydailynews.com | Alexander Nazaryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Search for "fun" on the city Education Department's website, and you get 1,610 hits. These include "October Math Fun" and "Sharing poetry with your ch...

Self-Esteem Can't Be Measured By Data

Linda Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Linda Silverman

There are no numbers to measure the self-esteem kids have learned.

States Lower Test Standards for A High School Diploma

nytimes.com | IAN URBINA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A law adopting statewide high school exams for graduation took effect in Pennsylvania on Saturday, with the goal of ensuring that students leaving hig...

Education In China v. America: The Question Of Standardized Tests

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Are Chinese and American education models heading for a role reversal? As leaders work in China to move the country away from its notoriously rigorou...