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April 20, 2012

Assessment Consortium Reverses Plan on Instructional Units

One of the state assessment consortia changes its plans to design sample instructional units.

April 18, 2012

Video: Teachers' Test-Prep Rap

Well, here's one way to spur student engagement: A group of teachers at Jennings High School in St. Louis has produced a rap music video to get their charges motivated for state-mandated end-of-course exams. According to St. Louis Today, the teachers wanted to do something out of the ordinary to con...

April 16, 2012

The Intersection of Race and Students With Disabilities

"Racism is endemic," one university professor says of assigning students of color to certain types of disabilities. "Many of us who have been victims are perpetrators of it."

April 12, 2012

Man vs. Computer: Who Wins the Essay-Scoring Challenge?

A new study finds little difference between the quality of essay-scoring from software programs when compared with trained human scorers.

April 12, 2012

When Everything Is a 'Race'

Everything is a "race," a "competition;" everyone and everything is rank ordered. We forget that no matter how "we" improve there are always exactly the same number of kids in the front of the line as at the end of the line.

April 10, 2012

What Do Teachers Want?

The Scholastic-Gates Survey says in its conclusion that "On average, teachers work about 11 hours and 25 minutes a day."

April 05, 2012

'Soft Science' & Less Certainty

We dumb down young people's education early by suggesting that in democracy it's one vote for every one person.

April 04, 2012

Assessment Consortium Moves to Build Higher Ed. Links

One of the consortia designing tests for the common standards decides to make higher-education representatives voting members, reflecting the push to ensure that colleges and universities accept the test as an indicator of college readiness.

April 04, 2012

Wash. Parents Opt-Out of Testing, Citing Costs

In what Washington state officials are saying is the largest-scale test rebellion they've faced, the parents of 70 students at an elementary school in Everett, Wash., have opted out of federally mandated standardized testing.

April 03, 2012

The Battle Over Banned Words

Last week, the New York Post broke the story that the NYC Department of Education had "banned references to 'dinosaurs,' 'birthdays,' 'Halloween' and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests." The Post called it a "bizarre case of political correctness run wild." The DOE offered the justificatio...

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