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The New SAT: What Are We Really Testing? (Not What You Think)

Jennifer Dziura | Posted 05.07.2014 | Education
Jennifer Dziura

I enjoy beating tests, but I also think the United States would be better off with a completely different set of college admissions requirements that don't unduly privilege personalities like mine. (After all, no one is more annoying than adults who brag about their SAT scores.)

March Is National Kidney Month: Let's Get Back to Basics

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Kidney Disease kills more people each year than breast and prostate cancer combined. Yes, you read that statistic correctly, but you may be surprised by it.

Helping Your Teen Cope With the Dreaded SATs

Kristen Houghton | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Kristen Houghton

Helping your teen feel self assured and comfortable for this important part of their high school years is something every parent can do.

Who's Cheating Whom?

Vicki Abeles | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Vicki Abeles

All too often, I think we're actively teaching our children that external, material, quantifiable indicators of accomplishment are the most important.

Want Better Essays? Ask Narrower Questions

Mark Bemesderfer | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Mark Bemesderfer

Anyone who has raised or spent much time with teenagers knows that they can argue. Passionately, effectively, and tirelessly. Yet these same skills seem to abandon many high school students when the topic is not personal but academic.

Holding Arne Duncan to a Higher Standard

Jason Stanford | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

Pearson, the testing company that has gotten rich by making American students fill in little bubbles all day long, is advising the White House on how to whip us all into college-ready shape.

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HuffingtonPost.com | Amory Blaine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Training

11-year-old Byron becomes anxious when he learns from a friend that the British government will add two seconds to its clocks. He pesters his mother f...

What Asia Can Learn From Philippines About English Education

Amy Chavez | Posted 03.12.2014 | Education
Amy Chavez

According to an Educational Testing Service (ETS) ranking based on TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for 2010, the Philippines ranked 35th out of 163 countries world wide.

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, &...