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Teaching and Learning Over Testing

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.12.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Will the powers-that-be continue to be more concerned with creating a testing and data system that ranks and sorts schools and educators, in the quest for the perfect industrial algorithm to judge teachers, students and schools? Or will they look at the evidence and join educators, students and parents in fighting to reclaim the promise of public education?

What You Need to Know About the International Test Scores

Diane Ravitch | Posted 02.02.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

The news reports say that the test scores of American students on the latest PISA test are "stagnant," "lagging," and "flat." The myth persists that once our nation led the world on international tests, but we have fallen from that exalted position in recent years. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

What's Good for Microsoft Turns Out to Be Bad for Public Schools -- and Microsoft

David Morris | Posted 02.01.2014 | Education
David Morris

Schools have a lot to learn from business about how to improve performance Bill Gates declared in an op ed in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. He pointed to his own company as a worthy model for public schools.

Why Do We Treat Schools Like Sports Teams?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

It seems to me that we are thinking about children, teachers, and schools the same way we think about sports teams. In every league, there are winners and losers. But what if we thought of schools as if they were akin to families?

First-Generation Students Want First-Rate Educations

Jon Whitmore | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Jon Whitmore

The numbers for the first-generation students are particularly telling to me. I was the first in my family to graduate from college. As a first-generation student, I know how important postsecondary education was in shaping my life, and appreciate the difference it could make to millions of others.

Friday Talking Points -- Monkey Business

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This may be the quotation of the week, from Representative Frank Pallone, describing the House "Obamacare Is So Very, Very Bad" hearings held this week.

Two Visions

Randi Weingarten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Momentum around reclaiming the promise of public education is growing. Yet market reformers still seem to operate in an evidence-free zone.

The Fly in the Common Core Ointment

Vicki Cobb | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

The new tests, based on the CCSS, have produced dismal failure. So what! Let's use the CCSS as license to teach the best way we know how. Give the tests with minimal test prep, use the data internally along with other measures of school effectiveness, and let the chips fall where they may.

Love and Logic Equals Great Marketing

MaryEllen Tribby | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business
MaryEllen Tribby

The greatest marketers of all are those who love marketing, use logic to track and read results and who understand the value of testing and live it everyday.

Will the Real Education Reformer Please Stand Up?

Jessica Levin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Jessica Levin

Ever pragmatists, this generation has been willing to consider any approach -- public, private, for-profit -- if it might dramatically improve the life outcomes of poor and minority children.

Education Reform: Who's Really in Charge?

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Joseph W. Gauld

As I enter my 63rd year of teaching, I am painfully observing another new top-down effort to remake American students superior to international students.

What Is Louisiana State Superintendent John White Promoting as Common Core Sample Assessment Materials?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

the high-stakes deciding factor in Louisiana CCSS is the PARCC cut score. Never mind really what students learn (or fail to learn); never mind the quality of the EAGLE items or the disconnect between EAGLE and barely-existent PARCC. If New York's experience has taught us anything, it is this: He who sets the cut scores rules the world.

The Test of the Common Core

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

We should be leery of the forthcoming "core-aligned" tests -- especially those in English Language Arts that people are rightly anxious about. These tests could endanger the promise of the Common Core.

What You Should Know About the Deceptive AP Report on Standardized Testing

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

The AP report is a carefully crafted lie designed to promote an educational system that is high-stakes, standardized-test dependent at the expense of authentic teaching and learning.

Do These Tests Have Educational Value?

Alan Singer | Posted 10.15.2013 | New York
Alan Singer

The new Common Core Standards tests are really being used as weapons against teachers and schools to force them to adopt questionable but expensive curriculum being marketed by test prep companies that seem to have enormous influence over politicians.

Time for Progressives to Get Serious About Social

Jim Pugh | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Jim Pugh

Conservatives, rarely lacking significant resources, can afford to drop big money on paid advertising to get their message in front of millions of people. Progressives will need to get the most out of social if they want to compete.

Teacher In Student's Shoes: Trying The Common Core Exam

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.26.2013 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee Standardized testing week at the middle school where I was a teacher from 2008 - 2010, was a big deal. Signs went up in the hallways, &...

The Solution to a Bad Guy With a Test Is a Good Guy With a Test

Arnold Dodge | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Arnold Dodge

Arne Duncan demonstrates a breathtaking lack of awareness about the effects of Race to the Top (RTTT). Far from being chastened by what is going on in schools around the country, the Secretary is doubling down on his test-driven offensive. A look at some of the things he said is eye opening.

Rhode Island Equality, Breakthrough NY and 20th Street Park on Yetta Kurland LIVE!

Yetta Kurland | Posted 06.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Yetta Kurland

This week, we started out with an update from Cathy Marino-Thomas, President of Marriage Equality USA, about the recent win in Rhode Island and debates in Nevada and elsewhere.

Forget Big Data, Meet the Real Revolution: Testing

Jane Hodson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Jane Hodson

Marketing planning has traditionally been rigid in its operational discipline and very sequential in its process. The evolution of always-on capabilities means we need to get more nimble and agile, allowing for a degree of (adjustable) risk in our approach.

At Long Last, We Are Treating Doctors Like We Treat Teachers

Shaun Johnson | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

So much of this discussion on performance pay for physicians is similar and different than the one for educators. It looks like, according to the proposal, public hospitals specifically and their physicians are in greater trouble.

CPS: All Testing, All the Time

Claire Wapole | Posted 04.14.2013 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

Continuously requiring children to prep and sit for standardized tests is not the same at teaching them. What's more, the scores derived from all those tests do not give the school board an adequate picture of any child, struggling or exceeding.

Highlight this Blog Post at Your Own Risk

Sam Sommers | Posted 04.02.2013 | Education
Sam Sommers

Where do your study strategies come from? Maybe a teacher gave you specific instruction on how best to learn material? Simple trial-and-error? All reasonable possibilities. However, here's some food for thought: it's also worth considering what psychological science has to say on the matter.

Testing Kills the Joy of Teaching and Learning

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

Since NCLB was first implemented, there has not been a moment of reflection for policy makers to determine if these tests are in any way improving teaching and learning. This sorely needed reflection can start by visiting a classroom.

Educators Testing Their Courage After Newtown

Shaun Johnson | Posted 03.04.2013 | Education
Shaun Johnson

A mild kerfuffle erupted in the last couple of weeks over who in the education community could claim ownership of some of the selfless heroism displayed by Sandy Hook staff. Notable reform opponent Diane Ravitch happened to mention that they belonged to their professional union.