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November 29, 2011

Caught Between Common Standards and Assessments

Some states and districts are uncertain of how to translate common standards into classroom teaching without knowing what the assessments designed for those standards will look like.

November 22, 2011

The Problem With Charters

But, under current circumstances, the evidence suggests that local control, weighted in favor of those who actually have a personal stake in the enterprise (students, parents, teachers) is the best we can do.

November 21, 2011

Common Assessments: Ohio Makes Its Choice

Ohio chooses an assessment approach for the common standards: it's the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

November 21, 2011

English Teachers' Group Sidesteps Common-Core Opposition

The National Council of Teachers of English declines to approve a resolution opposing the common standards.

November 17, 2011

What Do We Mean by 'Public'?

Most of the new charters are not accountable to any public but their own privately chosen board (and a very distant appointed oversight committee). None of its constituents—parents, students, or staff—are by law part of that board nor have any choice but speaking with their feet. Not their voices.

November 15, 2011

GED Overhaul Raises Profit-Making Questions

The redesign of the GED by Pearson and the American Council on Education raises questions in some quarters about the partnership's profit-making motive.

November 15, 2011

More Special Needs Students Taking NAEP, But Some Exclusion Rates Still High

Most states have made gains in testing students with disabilities and ELLs on NAEP, but many still fall short of federal inclusion targets.

November 14, 2011

Study on ELLs In California Is Flawed, Says Advocacy Group

Californians Together offers a critique of the UC Berkeley study that found the state might be identifying too many young children for English-language instruction.

November 10, 2011

Assessment Consortium Releases Final Content Frameworks

The PARCC assessment consortium releases its revised, final content frameworks after public feedback.

November 08, 2011

Hooray for the Long Island Principals!

Their letter is historic. It's the first time that a large number of administrators have spoken out in opposition to bad ideas. It represents hundreds of educators who are willing to stick their necks out, hundreds of educators wiling to speak truth to power, hundreds of educators who put their name on a statement to the state's highest education officials, with this simple message: "Stop! What you are doing is wrong. What you are imposing on us is untested. We believe it will be harmful to our students."

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