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November 11, 2010

Buono! Italian AP Program Makes Comeback

Ehe Italian embassy led a fundraising drive to help restore the Advaced Placement exam and course.

November 11, 2010

Formative Assessment or 'Formative Instruction'?

Formative assessment is squishy. And squishy things don't easily yield to standardized measurement. And that creates an awkward situation in an era of numbers-driven accountability. That squishiness was on display yesterday during a panel discussion about formative assessment. (See my story for hig...

November 10, 2010

Formative Assessment: A Lost Opportunity?

An assessment expert argues that the great potential of formative assessment to shape teaching and learning could be squandered by the two new assessment consortia.

November 09, 2010

Reading Roundup: How Much Are Students Really Learning?

Had enough talk about the election? Here are a few things to consider that have nothing to do with last week's events, all brought to you by teachers: • Revisit the question of whether social studies gets squeezed out of the curriculum by math and English language arts, since No Child Left Beh...

November 04, 2010

The Trouble With National Standards

We're all entitled to "our opinions," but schooling should take us beyond "mere" opinions into tentative conclusions that once again are held with care. Will this approach lead to dilemmas? Yes, yes, yes.

November 02, 2010

How Teaching to the Test Could Be a Good Thing

Maybe teaching to the test wouldn't be so bad if schools had better tests.

November 02, 2010

Did We Bridge Our Differences?

Diane Ravitch writes: "Somehow our old disputes about whole language, bilingual education, and the new new math pale in comparison to the coordinated assault by powerful forces on the very foundations of public education."

November 01, 2010

Election Outcome Has Big Implications for Education

From congressional races and gubernatorial campaigns to ballot measures, Tuesday's elections are important for the future of education policy and funding.

November 01, 2010

What Teachers Can't Control

Diane Ravitch argues that "value-added" ratings of teachers based on test scores badly underestimate the impact of out-of-school factors on students' performance from year to year.

October 28, 2010

Webinar to Examine Testing ELLs in Math, Science

The webinar on testing ELLs is hosted by the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition.

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