Urban Educators Debate Testing in National Town Hall

The Council of the Great City Schools convened a town hall on the current testing regime in public schools, with panelists discussing its impact and what's needed to better assess student learning and the effectiveness of classroom instruction.


Houston Superintendent Wins Urban Educator of the Year Award

The council said that under Grier's leadership, access to Advanced Placement courses increased and more Houston students took the SAT college entrance exam.


More Test-Cheating Stories Come to Light as Atlanta Trial Continues

In the trial's fourth week of testimony, witnesses recount details of how they changed students' answers on tests to meet both state and district academic targets.


Chicago District Wants One-Year Delay of PARCC Test

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago public schools, will ask the U.S. Department of Education to let the district hold off on a full administration of PARCC tests for another year.


Urban Educators' Conference to Focus on Testing, Common Core, and ELLs

The 58th annual conference of the Council of the Great City Schools will tackle the most pressing challenges facing urban school district leaders.


Q and A With New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña

From expanded all-day pre-K programs, extensive community engagement, and a focus on English-language learners, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña are making their mark on New York City education. Still, the administration has taken some criticism for being slow to articulate a turnaround plan for the worst performing schools.


Philadelphia Teachers' Union Wins Temporary Injunction in Contract Dispute

While the union has succeeded in temporarily blocking a requirement that its members contribute to their health benefits, broader questions about the school district's authority to make unilateral changes to employee contracts remain unsettled.


Philly Teachers' Union Issues Legal Response to Contract Cancellation

The union, angry over the district's unilateral move to cancel the teachers' contract, is asking for the dispute to be moved to Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas


John Deasy Resigns Top Post in L.A.; Ramon C. Cortines to Be Interim Chief

The hard-charging superintendent is stepping down after an at-times tumultuous run as chief of the nation's second largest school district.


Washington State Voids Test Scores at Seattle School Due to High Erasure Rates

State officials stopped short of saying that cheating occurred at the elementary school, but noted that "significant" changes—including a high number of erasures from incorrect to correct answers—signaled that testing protocols were not followed.


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