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Failure of D.C. Education Reform Initiatives Revealed

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.12.2014 | DC
Elaine Weiss

This year's release of D.C. Public Schools standardized test scores came with much less fanfare than in 2013 -- growth in "proficiency" is smaller, and district leaders were recently called out for lack of transparency in past releases, and for using averages to hide growing race- and income-based gaps.

Do You Really Know What the Common Core Is?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.01.2014 | Education
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Having written curricula and lesson plans geared to the high school level Common Core Standards, I just don't see what all the hub bub's about.

Positively Deviant School Reform?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 06.27.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

If you had six months, little to no resources, and a clear mandate to solve a chronic country-wide problem -- what would you do? As someone who cares deeply about American public education, I believe a certain approach could yield great returns.

No, Education Isn't Enough to Get You Out of the Ghetto

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Over 73 million adults have a college degree in this country, but less than 2 million of them are members of the One Percent. Most earn less than a fifth of what they'd need to qualify for the One Percent.

Why Didn't Your Child Pass the State Math Test? States Better Have a Clear Answer

Linda Rosen | Posted 05.28.2014 | Education
Linda Rosen

Is your child a good student? You might be in for a shock. Come next year, he might fail your state's math test, and that could be just the wake-up call you need. Yet if you're like most parents, you won't just accept the state test result on faith.

NAEP Nonsense: Don't Believe the Hype

Diane Ravitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

There are just as many states using the same misguided strategies who made few or no gains as there were reformy states making big gains. If test-and-punish strategies work, why don't they work everywhere?

Applying to College: Test Scores, Letters and Resumes

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.14.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Seniors are starting to put the final touches on some of their college applications, which means it's time to look at some of the small details that, taken together, can make a difference in the way your application will be reviewed.

Joy Resmovits

2013 SAT Results Show American Kids Still Aren't Ready For College

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

Only 43 percent of test-takers in 2013 met the SAT's definition of being prepared for college, a statistic that has remained stagnant since 2009. ...

Mad As Hell? Don't Just Yell: Use Reboot Illinois' New Sound Off Tool

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Our state's in sorry shape. Debt's growing. Higher taxes are looming. You're mad as hell, now who do you tell? Introducing: Sound Off.

Live By the Test, Die By the Test

Tom Allon | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Tom Allon

Last Spring, my very intelligent 13-year-old daughter came home and told me she took this very hard statewide test. "Daddy, I had to skip eight questions. We didn't even learn that stuff. Why would they test that?"

Joy Resmovits

Why Aren't High School Kids Learning?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

Despite the popular hand-wringing over America's schools, younger students are actually performing at significantly higher levels in reading and math ...

Standardized Testing: The Great Deception

Dr. Rhonda Joy Edwards Vansant | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Dr. Rhonda Joy Edwards Vansant

Standardized testing should not have the overwhelming influence on education that it does. A good teacher knows when her/his students are doing well. Good teachers can create a curriculum and assessments that meet the needs of their students.

This Is Your Brain on Test Scores

Sam Chaltain | Posted 04.27.2013 | Parents
Sam Chaltain

This is not the first time the Times has uncritically conflated something as comprehensive as "a better education" with something as singular as student reading and math scores. I imagine it won't be the last.

Testing, Testing: Some Ground Rules About the ACT and SAT

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 03.25.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

As juniors put together and review their college lists, it makes sense to talk about one of the most misunderstood parts of the college application process -- testing. Follow this advice, and all the details that drive other students crazy will fall into place for you.

Teacher Keeps Promise To Wear Sexy French Maid Outfit If Students Raise Grades

Posted 11.06.2012 | Education

A currently unidentified teacher in China's Guangxi province is making waves after photos of her surfaced online leading class in a sexy French maid o...

Report Cards Give Wisconsin Schools Look At Student Growth

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Erin Richards | Posted 12.29.2012 | Education

No matter how excellent the teaching force at ALBA School on Milwaukee's south side, third-graders might never score well in reading on the state stan...

Chicago Teachers Say No to High-Stakes Testing Madness

Lisa Guisbond | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Lisa Guisbond

Sometimes classroom educators must use their "Teacher Voice" to restore sanity. That's what is happening in Chicago, where striking public school teachers are shouting "enough is enough" to test-driven school reform schemes.

Education Spending Not Buying Better Test Scores

Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics

The federal government has spent more than $293 billion in the past decade to improve student academic performance, on top of a combined $5.5 trillion...

"No" on Teacher Evaluation Bill

Jamie Alter Lynton | Posted 08.31.2012 | Los Angeles
Jamie Alter Lynton

For too long as a state we have refused to appropriately link teacher and principal evaluations to student test scores, the very thing this sort of bill like AB 5 could be accomplishing. Even a third-grader could tell you it deserves an "F".

Detroit's Education Manifesto

Dan Varner | Posted 10.28.2012 | Detroit
Dan Varner

Qualitative measures like school appearance, safety and openness to parents and community are essential to any school becoming a neighborhood anchor and are also, quite measurable.

NC District Cuts Teacher Pay To Provide Laptops For Students

Posted 08.17.2012 | Education

After making the controversial decision to cut teacher pay and 65 staff members -- including 37 teachers -- in favor of providing students with a lapt...

Mixed Messages

John Merrow | Posted 07.24.2012 | Education
John Merrow

If we believe that education is "the next great civil rights issue of our time," then we ought to be enabling the 'human capital' now in the profession to succeed (while weeding out those who, after help, cannot cut the mustard).

A Passionate Curiosity for Learning

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 06.03.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

We must work to change the national discourse on education. We have a duty to encourage children to study not only because they have to, but also because they should have a desire to learn.

Ending Bad Teaching: Releasing Teachers' Test Scores Is a Red Herring

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 04.27.2012 | Education
Rebecca Joseph

During my six years of teaching middle school in a major urban school system, I never worked with a consistent team of teachers that provided high quality instruction all year long.

Funny Video Reveals American Teens Lack Basic Knowledge

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 02.05.2012 | Education

If there was ever a movie to make you laugh to keep from crying, it's this one. Austin, an intrepid young student-reporter, embarks on the noble m...