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September 23, 2011

Disability Groups React to Obama's NCLB Waiver Plan

While many wanted a departure from NCLB, some unknowns remain about what states will do with their new-found flexibility when it comes to students with disabilities.

September 23, 2011

UPDATED: NCLB Waiver Requires States to Report College-Going Rates

If states want waivers from key NCLB provisions, the Education Department will require them to report annually on their students' and schools' college-going and college-credit-accumulation rates.

September 21, 2011

Assessment Consortium Membership Shifts

New Mexico joins the PARCC assessment consortium, continuing the shakeout of test designs that states are choosing for the common standards.

September 20, 2011

ESEA Proposals, NCLB Waivers Trouble Special Ed. Advocates

Change the No Child Left Behind law in the short and long terms could erase some of the progress the law has made for students with disabilities.

September 19, 2011

Has Reading Instruction Lost the 'Gist'?

In the New York Times, literary critic and Core Knowledge Foundation founder E.D. Hirsch reasserts his case that the recent drop in SAT reading scores derives not from student demographic changes but from a long-term de-intellectualization of elementary school curricula: The most credible analyses...

September 15, 2011

What's Behind the SAT Reading-Score Drop?

Washington Post education blogger Valerie Strauss takes issue with the College Board's explanation that the decline in the SAT reading scores this past year was caused largely by an increase in the number and diversity of test-takers. She puts the blame squarely on the effects of recent education po...

September 15, 2011

New-School-Year's Reflections

The frustration, sorrow, and down-right fury I feel day after day at the way we are messing things up for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren and, most of all, our great-grandchildren is not good for me.

September 14, 2011

SAT Scores: A Gauge of College Readiness?

The latest SAT scores show a decline in all areas, but the College Board says four in 10 of those taking the test meet its definition of "college ready."

September 13, 2011

Test Prep in the Kitchen

Looking for a new way to help students prepare for entrance exams? Have you tried teaching them to cook? Seriously, there's even a book for it. Charis Freiman-Mendal, an enterprising freshman at Choate college prep, has just published Cook Your Way Through the SAT, a cookbook in which the recipes ...

September 13, 2011

Think Tank Claims Middle-Class Schools Falling Short

Middle-class schools educate the most students, but have surprisingly low achievement results, according to Third Way, a think-tank advocating moderate policy ideas.

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