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May 03, 2012

Civil Rights Coalition Presses Questions About GED Redesign

A civil rights coalition has scheduled a meeting with top GED officials to discuss its concerns that a redesign of the test will make it more expensive, and thus less accessible, for the low-income people who most need to take it.

May 03, 2012

How To Counter the Counter-Revolution?

You and I should be devoting more energy to considering what our "utopian" solutions might be, as well as the next steps for getting there. What's the direction, the criteria, the underlying precepts that should drive our vision of the future of schooling for educating the next generation?

May 02, 2012

NRC to Develop Framework for New Science Assessments

The National Research Council is planning to craft a framework to guide the development of new assessments aligned to a set of common, 'next generation' science standards.

May 01, 2012

Cheating Series Continues With Look at Blue-Ribbon Schools

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's latest story on aberrant test scores looks at schools that have earned federal recognition.

April 30, 2012

Colorado's Internal Struggle Over Testing

The Colorado board of education opposes proposed legislation that would make it commit to one of the consortia that are designing tests for the common standards.

April 27, 2012

State Waiver Plans Expand Test Menu for Accountability

Some states have signaled plans to factor additional subjects, such as science and social studies, into revised accountability systems.

April 26, 2012

Could Automated Graders Help Writing Teachers? What About Replace Them?

A new study out of the University of Akron has found that automated grading programs can assess student essays as effectively as human readers can. The study essentially compared computer-generated ratings to those of human scorers on thousands of essays written by high school juniors and sophomores...

April 26, 2012

Pineapples, Police, and Trust in Schools

There's always a lot of blame, from the media, from citizens on the street, and now from their own bosses. The numbers are never enough to satisfy. And sometimes all available choices lead to a public dressing down, or a threat of dismissal.

April 25, 2012

Does Your Principal Need an MBA?

A couple of months ago, I came across an interesting Bloomberg Businessweek story about a business school program at the University of Virginia designed specifically for K-12 principals. The idea behind the program is that today's principals, particularly those leading struggling schools, need manag...

April 25, 2012

Assessment Consortia Offer Technology-Purchasing Guidelines

The two consortia of states designing tests for the common standards offer initial guidance on the technology specifications necessary to use the new systems.

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