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April 11, 2011

AERA: Graphic Test Questions Help ELLs Translate Math

A new study from the University of Georgia, presented at the American Educational Research Association conference, suggests that including appropriate graphics with test questions can help English-language learners translate their math skills, even when there are no other accommodations available.

April 08, 2011

DNA? Atoms? What Science Students Know, and Don't Know

A new website from a prominent scientific body probes the concepts students know and those where they have misconceptions.

April 07, 2011

Teacher Blogger Takes on Ed. Department

Heads up: Our opinion blogger Anthony Cody, a science educator in Oakland, Calif., has made the NY Times with his dogged questioning of the seeming disconnect between President Obama's recent statements on testing and the U.S. Department of Education's policies. A must read.

April 07, 2011

People vs. Dollars

Lobbyist by lobbyist, the unions certainly couldn't match their opponents, even if we added in the many good citizen advocacy groups. But they had one advantage over the others: the relatively high loyalty of their members. Numbers of people vs. numbers of dollars.

April 05, 2011

The Texas Miracle Revisited

But what we now know is that there never was a Texas miracle. At best, it was wishful thinking. At worst, it was a lie.

April 05, 2011

A Note on Tests Aligned With the Common Standards and ELLs

Edynn Y. Sato, English-language learner testing expert at WestEd, will serve as a new technical adviser for the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium.

April 04, 2011

ELLs and Assessments Pegged to the Common-Core Standards

The two consortia creating content tests as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative are beginning to take small steps to consider the needs of English-language learners.

March 31, 2011

The President's Radical Comments on Testing

In real time, the government is paying people to invent more bubble tests for the untested subjects (art, science, physical education), and we're giving these not just annually, but four, five, six, 10 times a year to see if teachers are keeping up the needed pace, not to mention to determine how some of those teacher will get paid!

March 30, 2011

To Test Annually or Not, Mr. President? That Is the Question

President Barack Obama's comments about testing students less raise questions for the consortia of states that are designing tests for the common standards.

March 29, 2011

TEDx Talk: Make Schools Relevant

Will Richardson, the teacher-turned-tech-expert who was featured in our previous Teacher PD Sourcebook, recently gave a presentation for TEDxNYEd, a spinoff of the renowned yearly TED Talk conferences. Richardson says kids today, in the era of smartphones and constant connectivity, learn different...

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