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February 15, 2014

Seven More States Win Double-Testing Waivers

The Friday decisions by the department of education bring to 11 the number of states that can avoid "double testing" their students with field tests and their regular state tests, but a decision on California is still outstanding.

February 14, 2014

New York Sends Request for Out-of-Level Testing Flexibility to U.S. Ed. Dept.

The state has outlined several protections that it believes would protect these students, who are not able to demonstrate what they know on grade-level tests.

February 14, 2014

Superstar Teachers - The Super Cure for Closing the Achievement Gap?

I also think it is unfair to count on, or to blame, teachers solely for the performance of their students. Yes, they play a role in shaping the young minds in their classrooms and yes, they should be held accountable for that. It seems to me that the root of issues in classrooms that tend to cause the most problems for students (like poverty and ill-equipped or uninvolved parents) should be the target of any true reform.

February 12, 2014

Foul Weather Extends State Testing Windows

Some states, including Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, have announced plans to revise their testing windows in light of widespread school cancellations caused by rough winter weather.

February 12, 2014

Accountability vs. Gaming the P-12 System

I've recently delved into The Death and Life of the Great American School by Diane Ravitch. It has been on my reading list for some time now and I finally decided it was time to really give it the attention it deserves. I consider myself an education reformer, and an advocate for reforming the current public school system, so Ravitch's works speak to me, even if I'm not always completely in the same school of thought.

February 11, 2014

Report on Student Testing Times Concedes Major Errors

After a flood of critics pointed out errors, Teach Plus dove back into the data to post correct--and much higher--testing times that change some of the fundamental conclusions in the report.

February 10, 2014

N.Y. Regents: Common Core Needs More State Aid, Periodic Adjustments

Options offered by the New York Board of Regents include a new online portal to help educators access curricular resources and new testing options for special student populations.

February 10, 2014

But Wait...There's More: Building a Solution to Users' Actual Problems

Ultimately, it came down to providing whatever we needed to ensure users could be successful with the entire video observation and feedback process. And it turned out that, the process was more than just how to interact with videos online. We had to help users get the videos online.

February 05, 2014

Study: Districts Vary Widely in the Amount of Time They Spend on Testing

A new study finds that district-imposed tests take far more of teachers' and students' time than do state-mandated assessments.

February 05, 2014

Appeals Court Upholds N.Y.C. Liability Over Teacher Test

New York City schools could face civil-rights liability for a teacher-certification test's racially disparate impact on black and Latino test-takers, a federal appeals court holds.

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