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NY College Professors Rally Against Excessive, High-Stakes K-12 Standardized Testing

Posted 06.29.2012 | Education

More than 1,100 college professors across New York state are rallying against excessive, high-stakes K-12 standardized testing, adding their names to ...

AIDS In Black America On National HIV Testing Day

Phill Wilson | Posted 08.27.2012 | Black Voices
Phill Wilson

Black people bear the brunt of this epidemic. We are 13% of the population, but about half of the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS, nearly half of new HIV cases, and half of annual AIDS-related deaths in this country are Black.

Online Testing Debacle In Wyoming Provides A Warning To Other States

| Jill Barshay | Posted 06.26.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. Technical problems erupted as soon as Wyoming switched to online testing in 2010. Students...

As Exams Move Online, Students Spend More Time Testing

| Sarah Garland | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. In the Appoquinimink school district in central Delaware, students now take three, and som...

Grades and Vocation

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 08.08.2012 | College
Norma Cook Everist

As a teacher, I have long advised against using grades as motivation for learning. Well yes, I suppose it works, but I don't like it that it works.

Why Standardized Tests Are Fine With Me

Paula White | Posted 08.07.2012 | Education
Paula White

Given what we know about the structure of our society, the demands of the knowledge economy, and the need to pass tests in order to advance in many of the nation's best careers, how can we entertain the idea that testing should be drastically scaled back?

Joy Resmovits

Are Teachers Prepared To Learn From Standardized Tests?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.22.2012 | Education

These days, it's not enough for teachers to know how to manage a classroom, impart knowledge and deliver lesson plans. In the wake of test-heavy po...

The "Wisdom" of Pearson's Pineapple Passage

Alan Singer | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

If Pearson and Merryl Tisch were teachers being evaluated based on lesson of the pineapple, hare, and owl, they would both be rated "Unsatisfactory."

It's Time to Use Test Scores to Determine Teacher Pay

Randy Turner | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

Let's base 100 percent of teacher pay on the results of standardized tests. But if we are to have true educational reform, a concept that seems to be lost when used by those who claim that mantle, I want the following conditions:

Question About a Sleeveless Pineapple Raises Criticism for Standardized Tests

Uloop | Posted 07.01.2012 | Education
Uloop

The passage, modified from a fable by self-proclaimed "nonsense author" Daniel Pinkwater, is a parody of the tortoise and the hare story, in which the tortoise has been replaced by a pineapple.

Two Poems for the Month of Testing

John Merrow | Posted 04.24.2012 | Education
John Merrow

For many public school students and perhaps for teachers as well, April is the cruelest month of the school calendar. April days that are not devoted to 'test prep' are spent on testing itself. And some of what is going on in this crazy month defies the imagination.

A Trifecta Of Sins

John Merrow | Posted 06.05.2012 | Education
John Merrow

In the face of this disheartening news, one has to ask, "who benefits?" I'm stumped. Certainly not children, parents and teachers.

Homework Study Reveals Surprising Conclusion About Test Scores

Posted 03.31.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 03/30/2012 09:42 AM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries Piling on the homework doesn't help kids do better in school. ...

Scared Sleepless

John Merrow | Posted 05.29.2012 | Education
John Merrow

"My son can't sleep at night." Why? "Because his teacher told him that he had to do well on the tests this week or she would be fired.." Scaring the sleep out of a child is surely an example of distortion and corruption. So too is firing people based on the snapshot of one day's bubble test score.

High Stakes Testing: Who's Cheating Whom?

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

Let's get back to the core purpose of public education -- ensuring students have access to a great education that prepares them for lifelong learning and success -- and leave the pressure cooker for pot roasts.

Testing Our Limits: The Trouble with Computerized Exams

Melissa Bollow Tempel | Posted 05.22.2012 | Education
Melissa Bollow Tempel

As educators and parents, we need to be honest about how computerized testing serves to emphasize economic disparities.

Sending Off My Nervous Baby Into the World -- of Standardized Testing

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 05.14.2012 | Parents
Homa Sabet Tavangar

I'm mad this morning. My 8 year-old is a nervous wreck. Today is the first day of PSSA standardized testing at her school.

Joy Resmovits

Reassuring Kids About Failure Boosts Scores, Says Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.13.2012 | Education

Every day for the last four years, Leah Alcala has greeted her Berkeley, California, middle-school students with an exercise she calls "my favorite no...

Parent Aptitude Test

Linda Flanagan | Posted 04.07.2012 | Parents
Linda Flanagan

Today is SAT day -- our daughter's first. It's 6:10. "I don't know where her admission ticket is. Or the pencil sharpener I bought yesterday, or all those Number Two pencils. And her passport. I put all of that stuff together on my desk. Did someone move it?"

Oklahoma The Latest In National String Of Test Cheating

Posted 03.28.2012 | Education

With mounting pressure from performance benchmarks on standardized tests, an increasing number of cheating scandals are unfolding across the country a...

A Modest Proposal to Save Test Prep

John Merrow | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
John Merrow

When California Governor Jerry Brown recently called for fewer standardized tests and less time on test preparation, he probably expected to be praised. Instead, his proposal has been greeted with cries of outrage from teachers, administrators, and students.

Proposed D.C. Law Could Make College Applications Mandatory

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.12.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Sayre Quevedo Kwame Brown, Chairman of Washington DC’s City Council, is the youngest chairman in the history of the city. As a result,...

Joy Resmovits

How Much Do City Students Know?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.07.2011 | Education

The report card on America's urban schools is in, and the grades aren't good. On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Education released the results of...

Parents to Senate Education Committee: You Need our Input on ESEA!

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

Parents Across America (PAA) has sent a letter to the members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee after noting that panelist...

What Is the Purpose of Testing?

Franklin Schargel | Posted 01.01.2012 | Education
Franklin Schargel

Our current tests simply test student's ability to recall, memorize, and regurgitate. Is this what we want for our children?