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February 18, 2015

Alternative Education Track Would See New Scrutiny Under Federal Bill

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, wants to ensure parents are given more information before allowing their children to be placed in an educational track with less rigor than the general education curriculum.

February 18, 2015

The Role of Testing to Support Deeper Learning

Linda Darling-Hammond proposes changes to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act to support systems of assessment that enhance learning.

February 17, 2015

Some N.Y.C. Council Members Want Testing Opt-Out Information for Parents

Two New York City council members say the city's Parents' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities should include guidance for parents on opting children out of state tests.

February 17, 2015

What Assessment System Would Serve Students & Society?

"From my perspective, using a variety of measures, including some selected at the local school level by educators, families and students,is the best way to capture the broad array of things each school is trying to do."

February 12, 2015

Mass. Report: PARCC is Right Common-Core Test for Schools ... With Caveats

Do the two state assessments being used in the Bay State accurately measure "college- and career-readiness" of students that so many states now say is their top priority?

February 12, 2015

Oklahoma Won't Double-Test Advanced Math Students

This spring, Oklahoma middle school students who are taking advanced mathematics courses—i.e., Algebra I, Algebra II, or Geometry—will no longer be required to also take their grade-level math tests.

February 11, 2015

House Education Committee Approves NCLB Rewrite on Party-Line Vote

A Republican bill to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act, which would significantly curtail the federal footprint in K-12, will be considered by the full House the week of Feb. 24.

February 11, 2015

Testing Meltdown in Indiana as Officials Squabble Over 12-Hour ISTEP+

Gov. Mike Pence, Superintendent Glenda Ritz, and others are seeking emergency changes to the state test after an outcry that it would take students too long to complete.

February 10, 2015

The 2016 ESEA Proposed Budget Has a Vision of Teaching

Teachers and the work they do are paramount to student achievement especially in Title I schools. So it would makes sense for ESEA funding to address teaching. The 2016 proposed budget for ESEA does this and more. The focus on teachers is not just about working conditions (i.e. class sizes, curriculum, etc.) but also about training, attracting, and retaining teachers.

February 10, 2015

Essay in The American Scholar Is Skeptical on School Reform

Education professor Mike Rose has a thoughtful essay questioning some trends in education reform in the quarterly journal of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

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