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June 11, 2013

How Poverty Is Like Global Warming (& Other Parting Thoughts)

But I will repeat my supposition that to make the biggest difference for the most children growing up in poverty, what we must do is offer them incredible schools.

June 10, 2013

Texas Testing Scaled Back Under Measure Signed by Governor

Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas today signed legislation to rewrite state graduation requirements, reducing from 15 to five the number of end-of-course exams students must pass to earn a high school diploma.

June 07, 2013

How Do We Judge Success in a Democracy?

One cannot judge the success of a school or student (or a president!) without prior agreement about what we mean by success.

June 04, 2013

Poor Children Need a Hand Up, Not Hospice

We're talking about public schools, after all--and the public has a right to demand certain results from its investment.

May 29, 2013

Testing Holiday for High Achievers Offered Under Texas Bill

Texas lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would allow high-performing students to skip some of the state's reading and math tests.

May 29, 2013

Figuring Out Accountability During the Common-Core Transition

The next couple of years will be rough going. That's no surprise to anyone who's been tracking the Common Core State Standards and waivers from key parts of the No Child Left Behind Act. Those big movements have pressed states into changing academic expectations, curricula, teacher evaluation, accou...

May 29, 2013

How to Build a Great Learning Organization

How do schools create the ideal learning organizations -- for young and old alike? Doctoral student (and former teacher) Zac Chase has some ideas.

May 28, 2013

Testing Rolled Back, Graduation Path Revised Under Texas Bill

Legislation headed to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's desk would reduce from 15 to five the number of end-of-course exams students must pass to graduate.

May 28, 2013

Building Common Ground for the Common Core

Jefferson County Board member Debbie Wesslund writes about the Common Core and choosing progress.

May 28, 2013

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds State's K-12 Funding System

The Colorado Supreme Court and Texas lawmakers made major decisions regarding K-12 finance and testing, respectively, at the end of May.

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