Assessment is an indispensable part of the learning process, but not all tests are sensitive enough to identify superior instruction.

StudentsFirst is a thinly disguised corporate model.

Hiding the performance of bad teachers from future employers is unethical.

Don't be so accepting of mathematical formulas as the basis for credibility.

Teach for America gets fawning media coverage despite its mixed track record.

Closing schools for any reason other than performance or safety shortchanges students.

Schools can get better only if we first agree on what they should do.

College as a vehicle for upward mobility is filled with obstacles for the poor.

In a society where wealth is the only barometer of success, teachers call the measure into question.

Strict academic merit has never been the sole basis for college admissions and scholarships.

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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