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Education Reform Is Destroying Childhood as We Know It

Eric Sheninger | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Eric Sheninger

Education reform will be the demise of our once great educational system if politicians and other stakeholders do not get a grip soon.

Students To Start Taking Controversial New Tests

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — What's on the new Common Core-based exams? More than 4 million kids in U.S. schools soon will have a clue. Field testing begins t...

States Reconsider Common Core Tests

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. Beginning in March, more than four million students will serve as ...

Will Michigan Students' College Dreams Come Unbalanced?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 02.05.2014 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

This has been a big week for Michigan's future. A federal judge allowed Detroit to continue its journey into bankruptcy, a decision that has caught the attention of city pensioners, art lovers everywhere, and soon, a federal appeals court.

Education 'Insiders' Extremely Skeptical Of Positive Education Reform Post-Election

Posted 11.14.2012 | Education

Education consulting group Whiteboard Advisors recently conducted surveys of 50-75 anonymous political and policy “insiders” prior to and in the a...

Are New Online Standardized Tests Revolutionary?

| Sarah Garland | Posted 12.10.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. New high-tech standardized tests are coming soon to schools across the ...

Policy 'Insiders' Overwhelmingly Agree: Jeb Bush Speech Best On Education

Posted 09.28.2012 | Education

Whiteboard Advisors, a consulting firm that specializes in school policy, recently conducted one of its monthly surveys of 50 to 75 anonymous politica...

Report Highlights States' Efforts To Ensure College- And Career-Readiness

Posted 09.13.2012 | Education

For its seventh annual “Closing the Expectations Gap” report, Achieve surveyed all 50 states and the District of Columbia about their college- and...

Utah Withdraws From Consortium Developing Common Core Tests

Posted 08.07.2012 | Education

The Utah state school board on Friday voted 12-3 to withdraw from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium -- one of two state-based consortia worki...

New Online Tests Hold Promise, Perils

| Sarah Garland | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. TOWNSEND, Del. -- On a recent afternoon at Townsend Elementary School here, a little boy s...

31 States Combine To Create New Academic Tests

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

SEATTLE — Two big coalitions of states are competing for federal dollars to create a series of new national academic tests to replace the curren...