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February 21, 2012

A Dark Day for New York

Does anyone seriously believe that teachers in New York state will dare to stop teaching to the test? How many will be fired if they take that risk?

February 16, 2012

I May be Wrong ... But I Doubt It*

When will we stop worrying about our own organizational fiscal et al condition for a few days and call for united action?

February 14, 2012

Desperate Times in Cleveland and Ohio

The leaders of one of the most economically depressed and racially segregated cities in the nation have decided that the answer to its problems is to fire teachers, close public schools, expand the number of charters, and possibly to expand the voucher program as well.

February 13, 2012

Flunking 3rd Graders is Not an Intervention

It may surprise a lot of you, but I am a great reading teacher. It could be because I was a great reader and loved reading everything I got my hands on. It could be because I had great education professors who taught me how to teach reading through phonics and whole language. It could even be that I...

February 10, 2012

NCLB Waivers: Implications for Testing, Standards Implementation

The ten states who have won NCLB waivers outline plans to implement college- and career-ready standards.

February 09, 2012

Think Tank Raises Alarm of Federal Overreach Into Curriculum

In a new white paper, the Pioneer Institute suggests that the U.S. Department of Education may be violating prohibitions against a federally dictated curriculum.

February 09, 2012

Kentucky Postpones Ending Read-Aloud Accommodation on State Tests

The state is putting off a change to its state testing program that would have cut back on the use of readers on reading tests for some students with disabilities.

February 08, 2012

Study: Parents, Teachers Favor Formative Over Summative Tests

A survey of parents, teachers and district administrators shows that they find more value in formative tests than summative ones, but also shows a lot of confusion about various types of tests.

February 06, 2012

Testing? No, No Testing, No Matter What

Anthony Herrera could become ill if he takes high-stakes tests, his mother said, and he was discriminated against because he wouldn't take them. An investigation found he wasn't the victim of discrimination, but Anthony won't take the tests this year, anyway.

February 03, 2012

Kentucky Eliminates 'Read-Aloud' Assistance on State, National Exams

The state board of education banned the use of readers on some state tests, whether that means people or computer software that read text aloud, an accommodation used by some students with disabilities, who also use this kind of help in class every day.

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