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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."

November 07, 2011

What It All Means: Analysis of NAEP Results Pours In

Education analysts highlighted a number of issues related to the latest NAEP data, including historic gains in math and large exclusion rates in some states.

November 07, 2011

Chicago Details College-Readiness Plans

Chicago is reporting new college-readiness metrics to parents, such as schools' rates of student eligibility for "selective or highly selective" colleges. But the district isn't evaluating schools on that information yet.

November 02, 2011

Nation's Report Card: How ELLs Fared in 2011

Performance changes little for ELLs overall, but rates of exclusion were down from 2009.

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