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Joy Resmovits

Are We Spending Too Little On Standardized Tests?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.29.2012 | Education

Matt Chingos has an idea that will likely roil the scores of parents and teachers who think the U.S. tests its students too much: we might actually sp...

Data and Testing: Has Education Lost Its Focus?

Rob Furman | Posted 01.12.2013 | Education
Rob Furman

All the testing and data in the world is not going to improve our teachers. Research abounds with documentation on the fact that the TEACHER is the key to student success.

Ellen's 5 Steps to Hormone Happiness, Step 4: Menopause and Testing

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Tests... the mere word conjures memories of long-ago school days, my number two lead pencil cracking under the pressure of my intensity. Fortunately for us, when it comes to testing for hormone levels, no pencil is needed, and you really can't fail!

Barbara Madeloni -- Presente!

Gary Anderson | Posted 12.18.2012 | Education
Gary Anderson

It's not that teachers don't want to be evaluated or held accountable, but they want evaluations that have some professional integrity and are congruent with the work they do.

Educating for Democracy: A Modest Proposal for Standardized Tests

Joel Shatzky | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The controversy over standardized testing was given new focus by the recent Chicago teachers strike. One of their major objections was to having the Chicago Board of Education use these tests heavily to determine teacher competence.

Political Ads: America's not really listening anymore

Michael Maslansky | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Michael Maslansky

Political advertising is a medium long associated with dishonesty and cheap shots--not the most persuasive stuff. But today's ad wars are wasting ad dollars. The skyrocketing sums would be better spent on talking policy without mentioning any party or any hot-button political words.

Are You Ready?

Jon Whitmore | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Jon Whitmore

Are you ready to move on to the next course in school? To advance to the next level of piano, karate, dance or swimming lessons? To succeed in college? To begin your career? To earn a professional license or certification? To pass the bar exam?

Do Parents Really Want More Than 200 Separate State-Mandated Assessments for Their Children?

Will Richardson | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education
Will Richardson

While the Common Core assessments might well tell us what our kids know, they will likely tell us little or nothing about their ability to use what they know to create things of real quality and value.

The Pitfalls of Multiple Choice

Alex Mallory | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Alex Mallory

The conventional wisdom is that multiple choice tests rely on recognition instead of the more complex cognitive function recall, and therefore the multiple choice test should be "easier."

No Testing?

William E. White | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
William E. White

Texas school districts are protesting high-stakes testing. Florida's Governor thinks perhaps the state's students are tested "too much." A national resolution is circulating to protest high-stakes testing. I hope we are beginning to turn a corner.

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.