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February 27, 2012

To Test—or Not to Test—in Science? Lawmakers to Debate Measure

A House Republican is seeking to retain NCLB's requirement for science testing.

February 23, 2012

Buyer Beware

But there is also some renewed optimism that we might, just might, see a resurgence of energy for saving democracy.

February 22, 2012

Questioning the 'Rigor' of Teacher Evaluations

Aaron Pallas, Professor of Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, makes the argument on his blog that, within current discourse about teacher evaluation, the word rigor "is getting distorted almost beyond recognition." In science, he writes, rigor is determined by a study...

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.

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