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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.

Joy Resmovits

Race To The Top -- Pre-School Edition

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education

To win money from the federal government's early childhood Race to the Top contest, states are encouraged to implement "kindergarten entry assessments...

The Meaning of the Rain

John Merrow | Posted 10.16.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Education has problems that cannot be whistled away: 7000 dropouts every school day; huge gaps in educational outcomes; and a teacher dropout rate that approaches 50% in five years. The rain may be gone but there are other obstacles in our way.

Atlanta Education Case Shows a Dark Side of Emphasis on Testing

Larry Hirsch | Posted 10.11.2011 | Education
Larry Hirsch

It is time to reassess all of the test-centric evaluation and find a way to look at the bigger picture for schools and a children's education.

An 'Act of War?'

John Merrow | Posted 10.09.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Schools do not teach what isn't going to be tested, and they do a bad job of teaching a subject when all that matters is the test score. Treat a human being as little more than a number, and the results are predictable.

Joy Resmovits

Denver School Performance Increases Slightly As Colorado Sees Flat Test Scores Overall

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.03.2011 | Education

Denver Public Schools officials say standardized testing results released Wednesday that show a small performance bump in middle school students are a...

Pennsylvania Joins States Facing Widespread School Cheating

The New York Times | MICHAEL WINERIP | Posted 10.01.2011 | Education

PHILADELPHIA -- In April, Dale Mezzacappa attended a panel discussion on cheating sponsored by the Education Writers Association. At the time, she was...

Why Do Politicians Blow Up When Asked Where They Send Their Own Kids to School?

Leonie Haimson | Posted 09.20.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

Rahm Emanuel, the new Mayor of Chicago, walks out of an NBC interview when asked when asked what school he intends to enroll his children in. He intones: "My children are not an instrument of me being mayor." But everyone else's children are.

Celebrating Teachers in a National Climate of Teacher Bashing

Lori Day | Posted 09.20.2011 | Education
Lori Day

For me, the summer has been tainted by the collective demonization of some of the most passionate, caring, and hard-working professionals we have in this country.

172 Atlanta Educators Face Firings In Cheating Scandal

Posted 09.20.2011 | Education

Just seven educators implicated in the Atlanta cheating scandal met the Wednesday evening deadline imposed by interim superintendent Erroll Davis to r...

Joy Resmovits

To Fire A Cheating Teacher

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.18.2011 | Education

Atlanta educators charged with cheating on students' standardized tests received a letter from Erroll Davis, Atlanta's interim superintendent last wee...

With Testing, Where Do We Go From Here?

John Merrow | Posted 09.18.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Tests drive public education right now. But what should be driving the enterprise are agreed-upon goals that come from the real world. Where do we go from here? That's up to us, isn't it?

Atlanta's Lessons on Standards and Cheating

Richard Lee Colvin | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Richard Lee Colvin

Atlanta's cheating scandal encourages the mindset that Beverly Hall spent her entire career in urban schools trying to change -- that poor kids really can't be expected to learn and succeed.

Joy Resmovits

WATCH: Atlanta Public Schools Shaken By Cheating Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.04.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that widespread cheating inflated Atlanta Public Schools' 2009 state standardized tests scores....

Testing: 8 Odd Ways To Get Rid Of Ants

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

The summer months can often mean an influx of unwelcome guests. No, we're not talking about visiting relatives...we're talking about ants. And if you'...

The Play's the Thing

John Merrow | Posted 08.21.2011 | Education
John Merrow

What can we do to get the people in charge to wake up to the importance of art, music, drama, journalism and even recess? They're all being cut in the name of 'academic rigor.' And that insane policy is hurting children and youth everywhere.

Joy Resmovits

Few Students 'Proficient' In U.S. History

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education

If you can identify one advantage American troops held over the British in the American Revolution, chances are you know more U.S. history than most e...

An Arne Duncan Speech I'd Like to Hear

John Merrow | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education
John Merrow

This is a speech I hope Arne Duncan will give one day.