Are state tests accurately gauging yearly progress in schools? In this Boston Globe article, David Denison describes some Massachusetts school officials' concern that yearly progress tests are not, in fact, reflective of progress over time. Instead, they worry students are judged not on how much they improve, but on whether or not they reach an often unrealistic achievement level. Despite all the fuss about too much testing, some educators believe that additional testing could lead to added value....


From the Nov. 28 issue of Newsweek, this article details the polarizing story-so-far as some states legislate on the teaching of "intelligent design" in their classrooms. Includes the related article, "Charles Darwin: Evolution of a Scientist." Also, join in the current online discussion on this topic on edweek.org, Science Standards: A Tale of Two Places....


Education outsourcing, in the form of tutoring and videoconferencing, has become increasingly popular in recent years. But how far will this phenomenon go? Are real, live teachers soon to be replaced by cyberinstructors — and in-class discussions by virtual classrooms? While the benefits of face-to-face interaction are hard to overlook, some argue that online tutoring is only the beginning of the educational outsourcing takeover....


The British government recently announced a scheme to give £500 to every secondary school in the nation to establish charity bank accounts. These accounts are to be managed exclusively by students, according to a recent article in the Times Online. The civic scheme is meant to encourage an ethos of social and personal responsibility amongst British youth, and to foster a lasting culture of giving. Could school leaders in the U.S. learn anything from this act in civics?...


Today's students may be able to use complex software and design flashy web sites. But do they know where to find their computer's USB port or when to perform a cold reboot — and how important is it that they do? In this feature from T.H.E. Journal, Sebastian Foti argues that, when it comes to technology and education, we have lost our way. How can educators and administrators better use technology to achieve educational goals, rather than viewing the technology as an end in itself?...


Are American school children being worked too hard? Amid concern about education standards in the United States, the authors of this recent Education Week commentary wonder if the pressure of achieving and performing well on standardized tests has American students both burnt-out and sapped of creative energy....


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