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Will a Florida County's Bold Decision to Opt Out of State Testing Catch Fire?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Imagine schools where children were tested every three or four years, at transition points, as in the world's top-performing nations. Imagine schools where teachers wrote their own tests and used their professional judgment.

The Shame of Our Nation

Diane Ravitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Someday we will say, as we should be saying now, that we cannot tolerate the loss of so many young lives. We cannot continue to blame teachers, principals, and schools for our society's collective abandonment of so many children.

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?