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March 28, 2013

'Why Do We Teach?'

I came into education assuming that our task was and always had been to produce a learned, thoughtful, and tenacious "ruling class."

March 26, 2013

Can't We Pay Our Best Teachers More?

Certainly overall salaries of teachers are held down by the failure to recognize that some teachers are more effective than others.

March 25, 2013

Teacher: Give Me Testing Data That Make Sense

An Indianapolis high school English teacher adds her voice to the growing chorus of educators speaking out against what they see as extraneous and unreliable benchmarking assessments.

March 22, 2013

Testing Group Approves Performance-Level Descriptions

The Smarter Balanced consortium decides to affiliate with a research group for future work and defines student performance at each testing level.

March 22, 2013

Value-Added Testing Now Ruining County Fairs?

So I bet you never stopped to consider the effects of teacher-evaluation reform on county fairs. I can't say that we have, either, but apparently this has become a not insignificant matter in the town of Carrington, Ohio.

March 21, 2013

'Garbage In, Garbage Out': Version 2

No playing with refined statistics can make flawed data less so.

March 21, 2013

'Garbage In, Garbage Out'

VAM (value-added measurement) is new to the scene, but as you know has been debunked for its unreliability and probably lack of validity by many others.

March 20, 2013

How Your School Compares Internationally

Do we need tests that compare individual American students to their international peers?

March 19, 2013

Evaluations Are Better Than No Evaluations

While citing a litany of potential flaws in testing, the opponents of teacher and school accountability often create a straw man that bears little relationship to the real policy discussion.

March 13, 2013

Testing Consortium Reorganizes for Long-Term Survival

PARCC becomes a nonprofit to help it stay afloat after federal money runs out in 2014.

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