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February 26, 2013

Remediation Required of Students Who Don't Need It, Studies Say

New studies showing flawed use of placement tests could open the door to the common assessments.

February 25, 2013

You Better Start Listening to Teachers

The MetLife American Teacher Survey presented insight into the problems with teacher job satisfaction, and the frustration that is building with the bureaucratic intrusions into the demands on teachers today.

February 21, 2013

Survey: Washington 'Insiders' Pessimistic About Common Tests

A small group of Washington policy wonks says both assessment consortia are "on the wrong track" and predicts more states will drop out.

February 20, 2013

Florida Contemplates 'Backup' Tests for Common Core

State Commissioner Tony Bennett says a "Plan B" is necessary in case PARCC tests aren't ready in time.

February 20, 2013

Can Value-Added Models Handle the Transition to the Common Core?

Sociologist Aaron M. Pallas says that we may soon begin seeing wide descrepencies in student test scores across districts as a result of the Common Core State Standards.

February 19, 2013

Former Texas Chief Takes Anti-Common-Core Show on Road

Robert Scott shares his opposition to the Common Core State Standards with lawmakers in two other states.

February 14, 2013

Report: Preventing, Detecting, and Responding to Cheating

A new report from the Institute of Education Sciences has recommendations for preventing, detecting, and responding to cheating and irregularities computer-based and regular standardized tests.

February 07, 2013

Competition vs. Collaboration

Does that mean that a school should refuse to participate in district-sponsored awards? I don't know. Maybe that dilemma offers a teachable moment.

February 05, 2013

The Difficult Role of Grades & Honors in School Life

Should the staff nominate one of its members annually for "best teacher" awards the Boston public schools give out? Should we nominate a student for similar recognition?

January 28, 2013

Low-Performing Schools Could Skip Some State Tests, Under Va. Bill

Bills pending in other states show pressure to ratchet up rigor.

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