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February 07, 2011

Common Tests and California's Early Assessment Program

One of the two state assessment consortia draws directly on California's EAP as a model.

February 04, 2011

The Case for Memorization

While the concepts of rote learning and drill-and-kill instruction have acquired negative reputations, Justin Snider, a doctoral student at Columbia University, seeks to remind educators that memorization—in the sense of "learning things by heart"—can be highly enriching for students. Memo...

February 04, 2011

What to Expect From the Revised AP U.S. History Program

The revised U.S. history program is expected to emphasize skills that enable students to "actively investigate historical events."

February 03, 2011

New NAEP in Technology, Engineering Expected in 2014

The new exam will be entirely computer-based.

February 01, 2011

The President's Speech

The status quo today is not good. For 10 years we have pursued the heavy-handed mandates of No Child Left Behind, with meager results.

January 31, 2011

Revised AP Biology Course Coming, But U.S. History Delayed

Parts of the revised U.S. history curriculum seemed "vague," some teachers reportedly complained.

January 26, 2011

College Board's SAT Goes Statewide in Delaware

Delaware will offer all of its 11th graders the chance to take the SAT, free of charge, during the school day.

January 25, 2011

The Death of Federalism?

Congress has far less expertise about school reform than any of the 100,000 schools for which it is now making rules and regulations.

January 21, 2011

WIDA Tally: Half of States Are Now Members of Consortium

With Alaska joining the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium this week, half of the nation's states are now members of the nonprofit organization that has developed English-language-proficiency standards and an assessment for English-language learners.

January 21, 2011

Having Trouble Learning? Take a Test

A new study says taking tests helps people learn, even moreso than some studying techniques.

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