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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.

June 17, 2014

Siena Poll: Slow Down the Common Core

For the past couple of years Commissioner John King and Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch have said they will not slow down on the Common Core, but 82% of respondents of a new Siena Poll want them to...will they listen?

June 15, 2014

How Is Compliance Working Out for You?

Anthony Cody recently wrote an outstanding blog about reluctant warriors. Many educators don't like to be warriors because they dislike confrontation and discourse. How is that all working out?

May 04, 2014

When the USDOE Revoked Our NCLB Waiver

The state of Washington recently lost their NCLB waiver from the federal education department. Jo Moccia, a school superintendent writes why the state should be celebrated and not punished for their teacher evaluation system.

April 04, 2014

This Assessment...Not That Assessment

There is a big difference between the capital A Assessment of high stakes testing, and the lower case a of classroom assessment.

April 01, 2014

Because It's on the Test...

In many states, high stakes testing really provides little to no effective feedback to students and teachers, which isn't pedagogically sound, but teaching something "because it's on the test" isn't pedagogically sound either.

March 30, 2014

PISA Head Delivers Speech on School Autonomy

PISA's Andreas Schleicher will be presenting a paper on Policy lessons from around the world. What will we all learn from his data?

March 02, 2014

Are You Taking the Path of Least Resistance?

For too long, educators have sat back and followed rules, only to end up in an era of test-based accountability. Educators need to think of those who they have long respected, and wondered what they would do during this time.

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