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May 08, 2013

English Teachers Group Opposes Machine-Scored Writing

National Council of Teachers of English argues that computers ignore the most valuable elements of student writing.

May 06, 2013

Kentucky Common-Core Testing Snafus Upset Lawmakers

Kentucky has stopped the scoring of constructed-response items on common-core-based tests, and experienced separate test-related technical glitches.

May 06, 2013

Online Testing Runs Off-Track in Several States

Technological problems derail tests in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Minnesota.

May 06, 2013

Teachers Need Action Along With Appreciation

This is Teacher Appreciation Week and tomorrow is National Teacher Day. It is time to take action to restore respect, autonomy, and responsibility to teachers for their profession.

May 02, 2013

Saving Childhood

We want to save some sense for our students that childhood is different from adulthood. It is a special time, safe and loving, not a rehearsal for the stress of adulthood.

May 01, 2013

Baton Rouge Seeks to Avoid State Takeover

The East Baton Rouge Parish school board plans to move 100 gifted and talented students from a higher-performing elementary school to a lower-performing school this fall in order to improve the test scores of the lower-performing school.

May 01, 2013

Indiana Could Back Out of Common-Core Tests

New commissioner Glenda Ritz wants the state to go its own way with standardized tests.

April 30, 2013

Computer Crashes Cause Testing Anxiety in Oklahoma, Minnesota

Recent testing problems in Oklahoma and Minnesota due to computer glitches have raised concerns about online testing.

April 30, 2013

Teachers' Union President: Halt All High Stakes Linked to Common Core

Randi Weingarten argues that no high-stakes decisions based on the common core should be made about students, teachers, or schools until adequate support has been provided.

April 29, 2013

Teachers Need So-Called Tenure More Than Ever

Teachers need fair employment and dismissal procedures or so-called tenure because so much concentration on high stakes testing has distorted the practice of teaching. Politicians need to assure good teachers that they will not be subjected to personal, political, arbitrary, and capricious decisions not to mention nepotism.

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