It's doubtful that personal videos and the like are evidence of reading and writing skills.

Gifted students in this country are treated as stepchildren.

Tests have to be designed with the same care as drugs are developed.

The academic achievement gap will always exist, not only within groups but between groups.

Nothing will ever end the debate over teacher tenure, but a compromise bill in the California Assembly shows promise.

Teaching to the test is sound pedagogy, particularly when the subject is writing a critical analysis.

Including non-cognitive items on standardized tests is a step in the right direction if we want to produce lifelong learners.

Teachers' unions are blamed for all the ills afflicting public schools, which is why the issue of agency fees is not dead.

Social studies teachers will have to walk on eggs when they instruct students about Islamic history.

Students are shortchanged when there are no rules and no consequences.

The opinions expressed in Walt Gardner's Reality Check are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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