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A Path Beyond the Opt-Out Movement

Kevin Welner | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

Reforms like test-based accountability give us the feeling of doing something--of demanding excellence--without providing the capacity to achieve our goals. Continuing down that path will continue to leave us disappointed. But, opt-out or no opt-out, that's where we're still headed.

7 Helpful Study Apps For GRE, LSAT And GMAT Preparation

Uloop | Posted 11.18.2014 | College
Uloop

Among standardized tests required for admission into various higher educational institutions, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) measures verbal ability, quantitative reasoning skills, critical thinking ability and analytical writing skills and is used for admission into graduate school.

'Stuff' That's Difficult to Find -- Let Alone Understand -- But Important to Know for College Applications

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.07.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

In September, I offered a HuffPost blog entitled, "Help for the 6 Most Confusing Parts of the New 2014-15 Common App." Since that time, a lot of other questions have come up from students and parents. Here are some of the more frequently asked.

Democrat Candidates Lost, Democrat Issues Won

David Morris | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
David Morris

I'll leave it up to others to debate the reasons behind this apparent contradiction. My own opinion is that ballot initiatives more accurately take the ideological pulse of the people because debates over issues must focus on issues, not personality, temperament or looks.

Unpopular Opinion: Why I Think The SAT Is A Good Thing

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 11.03.2014 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

Your grades and who you are as a person makes all the difference; so there's no need to focus and panic about the test portion, just take it as it comes and do your best. I wish all of you who, like myself, are taking tests this year the best of luck.

College Board's Thoughts on Your PSAT Tweets

Vanessa Kuhlor | Posted 10.31.2014 | Teen
Vanessa Kuhlor

The day of Wednesday's test #PSAT was the number one trending topic on twitter. I got in contact with the College Board to see just how they felt and this is what they said.

What Matters More Than Test Scores

Diane Ravitch | Posted 10.15.2014 | 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.

Common Core Kills Curiosity

Yohuru Williams | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Acknowledging the myriad ways in which school districts can undermine curiosity and academic exploration by over-stressing test scores and technical training, one can emphasize the importance of structured explorations that can expand a child's imagination.

Why Teachers Weren't Invited to the Table

Peter Greene | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This month has been declared New Conversation Month by reformsters. Teachers are being offered (in vaguely non-specific ways) some sort of seats at various tables. Unfortunately, this largesse underlines just how much teachers have not been included in conversations about public education.

The Miseducation of the Masses

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 11.04.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

We are doing a huge disservice to the education of our nation's children, when the focus must be placed on how to take tests and how to score well on them, rather than on developing skills and deep content knowledge in a variety of subjects.

Memo to Three Year Old Slackers

Peter Greene | Posted 10.22.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

It has come to our attention that your older brothers and sisters have been showing up to Kindergarten completely unprepared for the requirements of a rigorous education. It is time to nip this indolent behavior in the bud.

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Posted 08.15.2014 | Training

hahahaha "this is it" ok one more link ...

ACT? SAT? Subject Tests? No Tests? Holy Moly! Who Is Requiring What These Days?

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 10.11.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

No college requires applicants to take both the SAT and ACT. Whether you need to take Subject Tests is a little more complicated; see below for the answer to that question.

Do You Really Know What the Common Core Is?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 10.01.2014 | 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.

The Misleading Argument That Blames Teacher Tenure

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 09.28.2014 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

In short, if you're a tenured teacher, you are an impediment to Excellence. The only way you can help children is by getting rid of your tenure, standing up straight and walking to Arne Duncan in Washington DC and saying, "Please sir, I want to be fired for any reason."

We Must Relentlessly Fight For Education Reform

Jean-Claude Brizard | Posted 09.27.2014 | Impact
Jean-Claude Brizard

Over my 28 years living inside urban school systems, I have come to understand and believe that there are two things that we must do and/or keep in mind: respect the complexity of this challenge and relentlessly execute against clear goals.

To Fight for Public Schools Is to Fight for Democracy

Diane Ravitch | Posted 09.23.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

We believe that an informed public will not give away its public schools to amateurs, hedge fund managers, rock stars, for-profit corporations, athletes, fly-by-night entrepreneurs, and religious groups.

David Coleman Wants to Fix Inequality

Peter Greene | Posted 09.20.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Coleman's genius marketing idea solution to educational inequality is to take human bias out of the equation and replace it with the hidden human bias encased in testing.

What's At Stake In Public Education

Diane Ravitch | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

If present trends continue, the U.S. will have a dual system of education in another decade. What is at stake is the great tradition of public schools, open to all, supported by all, controlled by the public, not corporations.

The Importance of Process in Achieving Results

Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D. | Posted 09.04.2014 | Education
Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D.

I would not have been able to sustain and increase my interest for learning and thinking had I been only concentrating on the end result. The "process" and the "enjoyment of the process" is the key to success.

Good Riddance To The Common Core

Diane Ravitch | Posted 09.02.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Common Core testing will turn out to be the money pit that consumed American education. The sooner it dies, the sooner schools and teachers will be freed of the Giant Federal Accountability Plan hatched in secret and foisted upon our nation's schools.

Common Sense Missing in Debate on American Public Education

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 08.30.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

Change is hard and change is scary. So, it's all the more important that when we're making big changes -- especially to essential public services like education -- we take more care to focus on the goal and bring all the stakeholders together.

U.S. DOE Believes Expectations and Testing Cure Disabilities

Peter Greene | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This is just so stunningly, awesomely dumb, it's hard to take in. Are they that enamored of the magical power of tests? Do they imagine that disabled students are just all faking, or that the specialists who diagnose these various problems are just making stuff up for giggles?

Inauthentic Reading Assessment

Peter Greene | Posted 08.23.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The type of reading we demand students do on reading tests is a type of reading that isn't done anywhere except on reading tests. Well, and of course now, also, in all the classrooms that are trying to get students ready for these inauthentic reading tests.

Messing with Success

Elissa Stein | Posted 08.16.2014 | Education
Elissa Stein

For many within the system, as well as to those looking in from the outside, New York City's specialized high schools represent the very best of what the city has to offer students and families.