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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"nonsense author" Daniel Pinkwater, is a parody of the tortoise and the hare story, in which the tortoise has been replaced by a pineapple.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?

Do You Want Your Kids on That Bus?

John Merrow | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Imagine it's early morning, 20 minutes after the school bus was expected. You are waiting with your children when an old yellow clunker, its rear emergency door hanging open, weaves toward you. The driver has a pint of whiskey in one hand.

Accused Atlanta Schools Officials Want Erasure Analysis Thrown Out

WSBTV | Posted 12.05.2011 | Education

ATLANTA -- The lawyer for four high-ranking Atlanta Public Schools officials told Channel 2 Action News he will ask a judge to throw out an erasure an...

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies: Testing 8 Odd Methods

Stylelist Home/ The Huffington Post | By Brie Dyas | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home

If you've ever accidentally let a bowl of fresh-picked fruit get a little too ripe, then you have one question on your mind: How do you get rid of fru...

The Intersection of Technology and Test Scores

John Merrow | Posted 11.13.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Schools will never realize the power of technology until they get out from under our current way of holding them accountable. We need accountability, but what we are now doing is stifling learning and teaching. It's making public education worse, not better.

Beyond Testing: A Lesson from Chinese Teachers

Michelle Shearer | Posted 11.08.2011 | Education
Michelle Shearer

My cultural exchange with Chinese teachers showed me that despite differences in our instructional approaches, we share many similarities.

The Pendulum Swings, and Choices Await

John Merrow | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Time was, this country had about 130,000 school districts; today we have somewhere around 14,000. The pendulum has swung toward centralization.