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September 13, 2011

What I Did Last Summer, Part One

Like me, Wendy thinks that the media should not print the names of teachers and their "effectiveness ratings." We agreed that The Los Angeles Times was wrong to do so a year ago. She agreed with me that naming names is fraught with inaccuracy and can only demoralize teachers.

September 12, 2011

UPDATED: Math Groups Team Up to Offer Common-Standards Help

Professional groups team up to offer help transitioning to the common standards.

September 09, 2011

One Opinion: New Assessments Should Keep ELLs in Mind

A commentary writer says English-language learners' needs should be considered from the get-go when drafting the new, common core assessments.

September 06, 2011

Duncan Names New Members to Assessment Board

Secretary Duncan today named five new members to the National Assessment Governing Board, including the superintendent of the Baltimore district and Kentucky's commissioner.

September 06, 2011

Reflections on the March on Washington, July 30, 2011

I know of no other time in our history when thousands of teachers and parents massed on the Mall in Washington to protest misguided federal policies and to demand changes that will truly improve education and help children learn.

September 01, 2011

Teacher Collaboration: The Missing Link in School Reform?

The current education reform ethos has centered on improving individual teachers' effectiveness and accountability—through merit-pay programs and the use of value-added performance data, for example. But in an interesting article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Carrie R. Leana, a prof...

August 30, 2011

Assessment Consortium Releases Math Content Specifications

A group of states designing tests for the common standards releases a document outlining the "evidence of learning" students should have to demonstrate to show mastery of the common standards in math.

August 25, 2011

Test Consortium Delays Release of Math-Content Specifications

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium delays the release of its math content specifications.

August 24, 2011

Is Rampant Test-Tampering Inevitable?

Responding to news of possible "test tampering" in New York City, NYC Educator makes a troubling prediction: Count on this—the cheating we hear about is the tip of the iceberg, and as long as we have this insane emphasis on test scores, it will grow exponentially worse. On the other hand: ...

August 18, 2011

Comment Period Extended for Content Frameworks

One of the two state assessment consortia extends its public comment period for draft content frameworks.

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