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November 29, 2012

Digging Into Our 'Disagreements' on Schools

What we need to start with is a consensus that schools have to raise kids alongside their families; they have to join together on behalf of building a generation of strong citizens.

November 27, 2012

Take It From Tennessee: Lessons on Teacher Evaluation

At a session on teacher effectiveness at yesterday's Excellence in Action National Summit in Washington, Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman offered some lessons learned for legislators and state leaders looking to implement revised teacher-evaluation systems. The information he presented...

November 27, 2012

New Jersey Charters Score Well, Study Finds

An analysis by Stanford University researchers shows charter schools outperforming traditional public schools in New Jersey, though urban charters fared better than their rural counterparts.

November 27, 2012

Testing Consortium Crafts College-Readiness Definition

Twenty-five states unveil draft descriptions that will shape the tests that will be required of millions of students.

November 26, 2012

Common Core and the Rise of Online Assessment

When Michigan students eventually take the Smarter Balanced Assessment—the Common Core State Standards-based exam that the state has signed on to adopt in 2015—they'll do so not on paper, but online. According to the Detroit Free Press, the change "marks a dramatic shift occurring in educa...

November 13, 2012

Time to Put Forward a New Reform Agenda

I don't think we need to produce a manifesto for change, but we do need to begin to outline some key steps that could be taken to move public education in a different direction.

November 08, 2012

Teacher Bashing Is a Loser

Across America, the final votes are being counted and recounted, but we can be sure of one result that will not change: bashing teachers is not a winning proposition in this country. American voters still believe in those teachers that helped shape their lives and that are doing the same for their c...

November 07, 2012

Final College-Readiness Definition Guides Test Consortium

PARCC defines the level of its test that connotes college readiness, and describes what performance at that level should look like.

November 07, 2012

Election 2012: What Message for Common Standards?

The defeat of Indiana's education chief, a high-profile backer of common standards, creates doubts about the initiative's support there.

November 05, 2012

What Do Kentucky Test Results Foreshadow for the Common Core?

Significant drops at the elementary and middle school levels portend public-relations challenges ahead for other states.

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