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December 06, 2011

Do You Believe in Miracles?

There are no silver bullets in education. There are no magic feathers that enable elephants like Dumbo to fly. It's hard work to improve schools. It takes dedication, resources, and time. And the work is never done, the magic number of 100 percent is always out of reach.

December 02, 2011

Experts Develop Framework to Evaluate Environmental Literacy

A group of experts has developed a new framework for assessing environmental literacy.

December 01, 2011

From High Poverty to High Performing

I always cringe when I hear so-called reformers say poverty is "no excuse" for lack of student achievement. It is not because I don't subscribe to that belief, but because I know politicians will use that message as an excuse for not "leveling the playing field" for poor children. To believe that y...

November 30, 2011

A Primer on the Common Assessments

Educators are keenly interested in what the new common assessments will look like, and need far more information about them than is currently available.

November 29, 2011

Caught Between Common Standards and Assessments

Some states and districts are uncertain of how to translate common standards into classroom teaching without knowing what the assessments designed for those standards will look like.

November 22, 2011

The Problem With Charters

But, under current circumstances, the evidence suggests that local control, weighted in favor of those who actually have a personal stake in the enterprise (students, parents, teachers) is the best we can do.

November 21, 2011

Common Assessments: Ohio Makes Its Choice

Ohio chooses an assessment approach for the common standards: it's the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

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.

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