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November 01, 2011

Illinois High Schools' Scores Sink as State Tightens Up Rules

More than half of Illinois' high schools see test scores drop as the state closes a loophole that veiled poor performance.

October 31, 2011

How Many Students With Disabilities Take the NAEP?

A recent study explored how many students with disabilities actually take the test known as the Nation's Report Card.

October 27, 2011

There Are No Quick Fixes

We CANNOT afford the existing gross confusion between achievement and test scores. It has led us to promote the kind of education quick fix no one would propose for its "ruling class."

October 25, 2011

NCLB: End It, Don't Mend It

Despite the manifest failure of NCLB, the Obama administration proposes not to scrap it, but to offer waivers if states agree to accept the mandates selected by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

October 24, 2011

Separate Education for Those in Special Education? Possibly

Will the teachers of students with disabilities, teachers who in many cases work with all students, have to meet a lesser standard than their counterparts? And will expectations of students with disabilities be lowered, too, when the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is reauthorized? Maybe.

October 20, 2011

Re-Learning What We 'Know'

Taking children's parents seriously as their child's first teacher, requires collaboration not mandates.

October 20, 2011

A Separate Education System for Students With Disabilities?

"When a student with a disability takes a different assessment than a student without a disability, there is no way to compare their performance, no way to accurately measure achievement gaps and no way to know how well they have grasped the grade-level content."

October 18, 2011

If You Believe in Miracles, Don't Read This

But as long as public officials insist on making test scores the measure of teacher quality and school success, then their claims should be closely scrutinized using the metrics that they themselves have made the coin of the realm. Many of the schools that politicians hail as successes have records no different from other schools that the politicians are closing.

October 17, 2011

N.Y. Education Department Proposes $2 Million to Curb Cheating

The money would be spent on a pilot program to develop computer-based tests and search some test sheets for suspicious erasures.

October 14, 2011

Test Result: No School for Student with Asperger Syndrome

After the mother of a South Carolina student with Asperger syndrome kept him from taking the state's annual exams last school year, his charter school said he can no longer be a student at their school.

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