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March 25, 2015

Q&A: Arne Duncan Talks Testing, Turnarounds, and ESEA at Age 50

The U.S. Secretary of Education has about 18 months left in office and lots of initiatives up in the air, including school turnarounds, teacher evaluation, and an NCLB rewrite.

March 24, 2015

I Love My Job. Really.

You cannot measure self-esteem, self-worth, or readiness to face the world. You cannot quantify these teachable moments, ever. The more you try to do this, the more you tell me that my professionalism is equated to the scores that a set of my kids have received on a test that has no relevance to their daily life, the more you demean the battle against poverty, adolescence, and apathy that I fight each day.

March 23, 2015

Leveraging Teacher Evaluations in Los Angeles

The opportunity is there to negotiate for their priorities - smaller class-sizes, fully staffed schools, and a pay raise - if they are willing to accept three levels of performance in teacher evaluations. I think the three levels are worth it, if it means better conditions for teachers and students.

March 23, 2015

K-12 District Officials Doubt Readiness for Online Tests, Survey Finds

Fewer than 30 percent of K-12 school technology officials believe their districts are ready for online testing, according to the Consortium for School Networking.

March 23, 2015

Defend, but Closely Scrutinize, Test Policies, Fed Official Urges State and Local Leaders

Deborah S. Delisle, a top official at the U.S. Department of Education, said amid a growing anti-testing backlash, state and local officials need to evaluate how their assessments are used.

March 22, 2015

Curmudgucation Digest (March 22)

Testing, testing, Pearson annoying people, Whitney Tilson, and failing publishers. Also, I use my imagination to search for reformy answers.

March 20, 2015

Opting Out? Look at the Tests First

A glance at performance tasks included on new tests show that they do a better job than previous tests of measuring higher-level competencies.

March 19, 2015

Atlanta Schools Cheating Trial Heads to Jury

Jurors must decide if 12 former district employees were part of a vast criminal conspiracy, committed lesser felonies, or were merely pawns in a scheme masterminded by their former bosses and supervisors.

March 19, 2015

Educators Must 'Take Control' of Testing at 'Critical Juncture,' Top Ed. Official Says

Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah S. Delisle urges policymakers to evaluate not just how much time testing is taking, but the purpose of each test.

March 18, 2015

Texas Senate Votes to Exempt Some Students From Testing Requirements

If Texas Gov. Greg Abbott were to sign the bill, it would be the second time in two legislative sessions that Texas lawmakers have reduced the mandatory testing burden on students.

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