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October 30, 2014

Comfortable Learning Environment: Soften the Blow of Accountability?

In today's guest blog, two co-authors suggest that a comfortable learning environment is the key to softening the blow of accountability through reform, standards, testing, and mandates.

October 19, 2014

Does Increased Accountability Work?

A recent NY Times article suggests that increased accountability isn't helping to raise achievement or growth...something educators have been saying for many years.

October 09, 2014

Common-Core Side Effects: Worth the Costs?

Something is missing in the raging debate about the Common Core, and in today's guest blog Yong Zhao addresses it.

September 24, 2014

The Goldilocks' Principle: Meeting the Needs of Special Education Students

Do special education students suffer from our lower expectations or from a state's expectations that may be too high? Only Goldilocks' knows.

September 05, 2014

Leadership 360: Are We Recycling the Same Conversations?

Do you ever feel like we have been talking about the same educational issues decade after decade? We are!

September 03, 2014

Don't Worry About Those Growth Scores...

In a powerful blog by elementary principal Tony Sinanis, he writes about how he received an 11 out of 20 on his NY State growth score...but unfortunately cannot explain why because he doesn't get that information from NYSED.

August 11, 2014

Testing Frustrations? It's Up to You to Separate Fact From Fiction

When it comes to high stakes testing it is up to teachers and school leaders to separate fact from fiction.

July 27, 2014

Would Your Students Come to School If They Didn't Have to?

At the Visible Learning International Conference, school leader Sarah Martin posed the question Would your students show up to school if they didn't have to? In our present system...I'm not sure they would.

July 09, 2014

When Will the Testing Obsession End?

Recently, the Utica City School District in New York received a grant to extend their school day. One of the reasons to extend the school day was to increase test scores.

June 26, 2014

Got Coffee? Getting Testing Off Caffeine

High stakes testing and educational reform is like having a coffee buzz, at some point it all comes crashing down.

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