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June 21, 2011

No Summer Break From Problems with Special Ed.

Summertime doesn't mean parents of children with disabilities can take a vacation from fighting for their children's education.

June 21, 2011

Do Low NAEP Scores Indicate Savvy Students?

Liam Julian over at Fordham's Flypaper responds to the doom-and-gloom rhetoric surrounding the U.S.' static history NAEP scores and, well, every other education-related news item these days.

June 21, 2011

Why I Am Marching on July 30

I will be marching with the Save Our Schools coalition of teachers and parents on July 30 in Washington, D.C. I know you will be, too. I hope we are joined by many thousands of concerned citizens who want to save our schools from the bad ideas and bad policies now harming them.

June 16, 2011

Schools with Power to Adapt to Individual Children

We can't overcome the past until we make radical changes in the way too many Americans are forced to live, as well as in our ways of using school.

June 14, 2011

Black, Hispanic 4th Graders See Big History Gains Since 1994

Black and Hispanic 4th graders have made sizable gains in history achievement since 1994, though the change may be explained by improved literacy.

June 14, 2011

On Treating Students & Educators 'Like Rats in a Maze'

Referring to No Child Left Behind, now in effect for nine years, the committee held that there were some school-level effects, "but the measured effects to date tend to be concentrated in elementary grade mathematics, and the effects are small compared to the improvements the nation hopes to achieve."

June 13, 2011

New York State Will Revamp ELL Test for 'Common Core'

New York State has decided to revamp its existing English-language-proficiency test, used only in that state, to align with the states' academic common core standards for the 2012-13 school year.

June 13, 2011

Could NCLB Waivers Affect Common Standards, Tests?

The U.S. Department of Education's announcement that it will grant waivers to NCLB requirements could raise questions for states helping design common assessments.

June 09, 2011

California Takes Sides in Assessment Development Work

California drops out of one assessment consortium and joins another, as states work to design tests for the common standards.

June 08, 2011

WIDA Tally: Montana and Maryland Join Consortium

Maryland and Montana are the latest two states to have become members of the World-class Instructional Design and Assessment consortium and will begin administering the consortium's English-language-proficiency test next school year.

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