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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.

May 28, 2013

Teachers Could Shift the Conversation About Assessment and Accountability

At the Mission Hill School in Boston, teachers decide which ways to assess their students, and why. Educator Kim Farris-Berg imagines what it would like like if all teachers across the country were similarly trusted.

May 23, 2013

Let's Open the Doors Wider

How do we sustain good schools so that over time there are more and more of them? I think networks of schools are a useful added component.

May 22, 2013

ACT: 'We Are a Plan B' for Common Assessments

The maker of the ACT college entrance exam offers itself as an alternative to common tests being designed by two federally funded consortia designing tests for the common standards.

May 21, 2013

Bad to Good and Good to Great

The charter movement had it right from the get-go: Each school would have its own "charter" spelling out the results that it would be responsible for achieving.

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