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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...

April 03, 2012

Blind Oregon Students Now Take Online Adaptive Tests

For the first time, students who read Braille in Oregon can take the same adaptive tests in reading, math, science, and social science.

April 03, 2012

Stalking the Vampire in Texas

The Texas revolt was seeded by the efforts of nearly three dozen district superintendents who began meeting in 2006 and produced a joint statement about their vision for the future of education.

March 28, 2012

Assessment Consortia: Kentucky Makes Its Choice

Kentucky decides to throw its weight toward the common-standards tests being designed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

March 27, 2012

The Pattern on the Rug

See the pattern on the rug? It grows clearer every day. It is not about improving education. It is not about helping our society become more literate and better educated. Follow the money. We are indeed a nation at risk.

March 27, 2012

Listen to the Students

There is nothing more meaningful to a teacher than honest student feedback. Too often, students are reluctant to tell teachers when they are bored, frustrated, angry, or excited by their lessons. Student feedback would help all teachers be more relevant, more inclusive, and more personalized in thei...

March 26, 2012

Newspaper Test-Score Investigation Revives Cheating Debate

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigated more than 14,700 districts and found roughly 200 with schools that had unusual swings in student scores on standardized tests.

March 16, 2012

Most Teachers Know About Common Core, Survey Finds

Although most teachers know about the common standards, many do not feel fully prepared yet to teach them, a new survey finds.

March 15, 2012

The Futile Search for "Trust-Proof" Systems

But looking for trust-proof "systems" is penny wise and pound foolish—and an endless task. We substitute the indirect evidence for the "real thing." The more we depend on such data, the more it loses its validity.

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