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March 09, 2011

USA Today: Some Test Gains May Be Hard to Believe

The newspaper found 1,600 examples of "anomalies" in test-score gains that experts deem statistically rare and "perhaps suspect."

March 08, 2011

Is Utah's English Fluency Bar for ELLs Too High?

In Utah, 39 percent of ELLs in 10th grade who meet the state's standard to be redesignated as fluent in English on the state's regular content test do not meet the bar for English fluency on the state's English-language-proficiency test.

March 08, 2011

Signs of Hope?

There really is a bipartisan consensus on education reform. It happens to be the Republican agenda of the past 30 years.

March 04, 2011

Phasing Out State Tests for Common Assessments

With the development of new tests for the common standards, it will be interesting to see how states phase out or tweak their old assessment systems.

March 04, 2011

Performance Lags for Students With Hearing Impairments

A study finds that "higher percentages of youth with hearing impairments scored below the mean in reading, math, science and social studies, compared to students in the general population.

March 01, 2011

A Moment of National Insanity

I'm beginning to think we are living in a moment of national insanity. On the one hand, we hear pious exhortations about education reform, endlessly uttered by our leaders in high political office, corporate suites, foundations, and the media. President Obama says we have to "out-educate" the rest of the world to "win the future."

February 25, 2011

Reading Roundup: Formative Assessment, Content vs. Skills

Writers and reports provoke interesting debate about formative assessment, 21st century skills and college-admissions tests.

February 24, 2011

Curriculum Linked to Common Standards is Needed, AFT Says

The AFT presses for shared curriculum linked to the common standards.

February 24, 2011

Most Urban Districts Fall Short of National Average on NAEP in Science

Only 4 percent of 4th graders in the Cleveland and Detroit school systems were deemed "proficient" in science.

February 23, 2011

AFT Wades Into Common Standards and Assessments

The American Federation of Teachers wades into the question of how curriculum should be developed for the common standards.

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