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May 31, 2011

A Dark Day in New York State

This isn't an argument against holding teachers accountable; it's an argument against holding them accountable for the wrong things and in a way that will result in very negative unintended consequences.

May 27, 2011

White House Official Stresses Need for Native-Language Tests

A White House official said that the Obama administration wants to see school districts move forward in making native-language assessments available for English-language learners.

May 19, 2011

Considering How One 'Sees' Things

We may not agree, either, on the kind of evidence that we need to use as we revise our schemes, as they go from inside our heads, to paper and pencil to actual implementation.

May 17, 2011

A Vision for ELL Inclusion in Tests Pegged to the 'Common Core'

New tests for the Common Core State Standards Initiative should pay particular attention to how formative tests designed within the assessment systems can improve outcomes form English-language learners, a researcher from WestEd contends in a paper released this week.

May 16, 2011

New Research on Instructional Styles: Take Your Pick

The journal Science is publishing a study finding that, in an introductory college physics course, students placed in an experimental, collaborative-learning class performed significantly better on an end-of-course exam than students who were given a traditional lecture-based class.

May 16, 2011

Computer-Adaptive Testing Poses Challenges, Expert Warns

Key challenges accompany the endeavor to move from paper-and-pencil tests to computer tests, including the need for a larger and better-designed pool of test, enough computers, and the money to pay for it all.

May 13, 2011

UPDATED: Counterpunches on Common Curriculum

Organizers of a manifesto against common standards, curriculum and tests launch another volley in the argument with those who support them.

May 13, 2011

The Price of a GED: A Casualty of Tough Fiscal Times?

Because states set their own prices for the GED, tight budgets could drive up the price of that exam.

May 11, 2011

Why Did Duncan's Letter Backfire?

In case you missed the fireworks last week, Diane Ravitch recaps the negative reaction to Education Secretary Arne Duncan's open letter to teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. A memorable way of putting it: It [the letter] should have been about as controversial as the president's annual Tha...

May 06, 2011

Moving From the Common-Assessment World to US Dept of Ed

A leader of a group working on common assessments joins the U.S. Department of Education.

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