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January 09, 2015

State Chiefs to Congress: Keep Annual Tests in No Child Left Behind Rewrite

The Council of Chief State School Officers urges Congress to pass a bipartisan revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would keep the NCLB testing schedule intact.

January 07, 2015

The Silent Treatment: No-Flush Rule During Testing Irks Fla. Parents

"The whooshing water sounds from classroom bathrooms, they feared, might disturb test-taking classmates and send their focus, and their scores, spiraling down the drain."

January 07, 2015

What's Next? Pundits Offer Education Predictions for 2015

As 2015 begins, education experts and journalists offer predictions about the coming year.

January 07, 2015

Special Education Groups Urge Continued Testing in NCLB Reauthorization

Annual testing has been able to help pinpoint how students with disabilities are actually performing in school, say groups opposed to removing the requirement from federal law.

January 07, 2015

Weird Testing Rules: No Flushing Toilets, Please

One Florida school forbid students from flushing toilets during testing last spring, prompting a group of parents to organize in opposition to certain school practices during assessment.

January 06, 2015

When Charters Are More Like Chain Stores Than Small Schools

Meier: When looking at charter schools what I mostly see are chains operating more like Wal-Marts than mom-and-pop stores, with authority more distant from the children and families.

January 05, 2015

R.I. Chief Deborah Gist's Fate Uncertain as Contract-Renewal Deadline Passes

The Rhode Island education commissioner has previously stated she'd like to stay on under the new Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo, but Gist's current contract expires in June.

January 03, 2015

Resolve to Get Involved With Policy in 2015

I know you may be thinking, I don't have time to get involved in something else! But taking the time to get involved in education issues outside your classroom is a great way to stay connected with the larger issues at your school, in your district, and in your state. It's also a great way to keep recharging those batteries.

January 02, 2015

Smarter Balanced Field-Test Data Show Large Score Gaps Among Students With IEPs

Between 64 and 77 percent of students with disabilities scored at the lowest level on the tests, which are given in math and English/language arts.

December 31, 2014

Top District Stories in 2014: Spending, Testing, Principals, and Ferguson

Among the most read posts in 2014 were stories about principals and school leadership, a backlash against standardized testing, the fallout from a police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo., and school funding issues in Philadelphia.

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