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October 29, 2012

It's a Trick or Treat Election

I have been a diligent student of this Presidential election. I have watched all the debates, viewed all the ads in two battleground states, read the barrage of emails from the candidates, and studied the education records and promises of Governor Romney and President Obama. My conclusion is that---...

October 22, 2012

Stop the Madness of High-Stakes Testing

I took the time to read many of the letters that were written by teachers and parents to President Obama through a campaign organized by Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody. While I was not thrilled with the timing of this campaign, I could not ignore the pain expressed by too many teachers and parents, ...

October 17, 2012

Get Ready: The Test Scores Are Coming

The new test scores will be lower - we must stay the course.

October 11, 2012

Consortium Releases Sample Test Items

To help guide educators implementing the common standards, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium releases sample questions and performance tasks.

October 08, 2012

Prison, Fines for Former El Paso Superintendent Convicted of Fraud

Lorenzo Garcia, former superintendent in El Paso, Texas, will spend 42 months in prison and will pay $180,000 in restitution and an additional $56,500 in fines, after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud this summer.

October 04, 2012

Revised AP Physics, U.S. History Coming Soon

The College Board has redesigned AP programs for U.S. history and physics, reducing the amount of content coverage to allow more time for studying key concepts.

October 04, 2012

Let's Find Issues to Unite Around

Let's think of three, four, or at most five issues we could unite on, principles that might cut across some of the unnecessarily warring parties.

October 03, 2012

New Center Established to Develop Effective Special Educators

The $25 million federal grant used to establish the center is one of many the federal Education Department has announced in recent weeks that involve special education.

October 01, 2012

States Lack Sufficient Test Security, Newspaper Finds

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds that most oversights in most states put them at risk for large-scale cheating on state tests.

September 28, 2012

Should the Common Standards 'Change Everything'?

A common-standards advocate argues that many aspects of American education will have to change if schooling is to fully reflect the new expectations.

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