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May 07, 2012

A Ceasefire for Teacher Appreciation Week

This is Teacher Appreciation Week. It is a time to honor the men and women who strive daily to provide every child in every classroom with an opportunity for a bright future. It is not a time to attack teachers' salaries, benefits, job security, or professionalism. For this one week of the year, le...

May 04, 2012

'Pineapplegate' Ignites Testing Debate

As a colleague pointed out to me today, 'Pineapplegate'—the uproar about a question on the New York state reading test—isn't going away. So it's high time we blogged about it. The controversy started when the New York Daily News ran a piece summarizing an "absurd test question about a tal...

May 04, 2012

U.S. Schools To See How They Stack Up Globally in New Pilot

Participating schools will be part of a pilot program aimed at measuring how their students compare with their global peers.

May 04, 2012

Utah To Downgrade Its Commitment to Use Common Tests

You might have heard that Utah has been surfing the waves of common-standards controversy lately. Now it appears that the standards aren't the only thing the state is uneasy about. It's also uneasy about the tests being designed for them. We are getting word that Utah plans to downgrade its members...

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.

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