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June 05, 2012

The Pearsonizing of the American Mind

Of course, Pearson is not just a publisher of standardized tests. It is a mega-corporation. It is a behemoth of for-profit goods and services to the education marketplace.

May 31, 2012

One Million Teachers Just Choked

I have had the pleasure of working with some great teachers who happen to be registered Republicans, and they've been pretty loyal to their Party's nominees in the past. They have let me know how disappointed they have been with the current administration's preoccupation with using student test data...

May 30, 2012

NCLB Waivers: More Time, New Goals, But Still: Those Tests!

States' winning applications for waivers from No Child Left Behind shift the goals and timelines of tests.

May 30, 2012

Including, Excluding Students With Disabilities Under NCLB

The new report says that in 37 states with relevant data, only 9 percent of all public schools missed AYP during the 2008-09 school year because of how students with disabilities performed and at least one other reason, and 5 percent missed it solely because of students with disabilities' performance on state tests.

May 24, 2012

A Closer Look at Romney's Vision for School Choice

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney navigates some tricky school choice issues in his blueprint for education.

May 24, 2012

Feeling the Test-Prep Pressure

Worried that her students aren't ready for upcoming English Regents exam, the normally droll NYC teacher Miss Eyre finds herself coming a bit unglued: I freely admit that I'm not handling this well. I'm taking it personally, practically as an affront to me, that my kids don't seem 100% ready this...

May 23, 2012

Designing Common Core Tests For All Proving a Challenge

Although more students with disabilities than ever are included in state testing programs, giving these students high quality assessments in the future, tests that measure how adept they are at mastering the Common Core State Standards seem to have an endless number of hurdles to overcome before students face them in the 2014-15 school year.

May 22, 2012

Testing Consortium Names Math Director

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium has just named directors for mathematics and for the support of 'under-represented' students.

May 22, 2012

Wall Street's Investment in School Reform

Wall Street understands success and failure. When companies fail, investors bail out. As studies continue to show that charters on average don't get better test scores than public schools, will Wall Street continue to be bullish about charters? Will they support only the ones that skim and exclude? When will they cut their losses?

May 17, 2012

The Danger of Mindlessness

We have three very serious flaws to deal with. One is that the skill involved in doing well on reading and math tests do not constitute something worthy of the name "academic achievement." Such a claim dumbs down "academia" in ways that do serious damage.

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