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April 03, 2012

Blind Oregon Students Now Take Online Adaptive Tests

For the first time, students who read Braille in Oregon can take the same adaptive tests in reading, math, science, and social science.

April 03, 2012

Stalking the Vampire in Texas

The Texas revolt was seeded by the efforts of nearly three dozen district superintendents who began meeting in 2006 and produced a joint statement about their vision for the future of education.

March 28, 2012

Assessment Consortia: Kentucky Makes Its Choice

Kentucky decides to throw its weight toward the common-standards tests being designed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

March 27, 2012

The Pattern on the Rug

See the pattern on the rug? It grows clearer every day. It is not about improving education. It is not about helping our society become more literate and better educated. Follow the money. We are indeed a nation at risk.

March 27, 2012

Listen to the Students

There is nothing more meaningful to a teacher than honest student feedback. Too often, students are reluctant to tell teachers when they are bored, frustrated, angry, or excited by their lessons. Student feedback would help all teachers be more relevant, more inclusive, and more personalized in thei...

March 26, 2012

Newspaper Test-Score Investigation Revives Cheating Debate

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigated more than 14,700 districts and found roughly 200 with schools that had unusual swings in student scores on standardized tests.

March 16, 2012

Most Teachers Know About Common Core, Survey Finds

Although most teachers know about the common standards, many do not feel fully prepared yet to teach them, a new survey finds.

March 15, 2012

The Futile Search for "Trust-Proof" Systems

But looking for trust-proof "systems" is penny wise and pound foolish—and an endless task. We substitute the indirect evidence for the "real thing." The more we depend on such data, the more it loses its validity.

March 14, 2012

Changes Eyed to Ramp Up NAEP's Influence on Policy, Practice

The governing board for NAEP is exploring changes to expand and make far greater use of the background information collected when NAEP is administered.

March 13, 2012

Why Are Teachers So Upset?

It cannot be accidental that the sharp drop in teacher morale coincides with the efforts of people such as Michelle Rhee and organizations such as Education Reform Now and Stand for Children to end teacher tenure and seniority.

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