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May 06, 2011

In Defense of Testing

Political blogger Matthew Yglesias points to a new report showing that nearly half of adults in Detroit are functionally illiterate. In that light, he contends, it's hard to argue against the need for standardized testing in schools: Under those circumstances, I find it difficult to be seized with...

May 05, 2011

'Fact-lets' of Education

I noticed that two Harlem schools just a few blocks away—both serving largely poor, black students—served students whose families were often quite different. "Poor" covers a lot of territory. I

May 05, 2011

Is Your Civics Knowledge a) Advanced, b) Proficient, c) Basic, or d) Below Basic?

Most U.S. students failed to reach the proficient level on the 2010 NAEP civics exam.

May 04, 2011

Experts Urge California to Join Both Assessment Groups

Two Californians urge their state to keep join both testing consortia while it figures out which group's approach is best for the state.

May 03, 2011

Group Urges Testing Consortia to Report Mean Scores

A Washington research group urges the state assessment consortia to heed key design features that maximize usefulness of the data.

April 26, 2011

Social Norms Beat Market Norms

Curiously, the corporate reform movement likes to talk about data-driven decisions, but they ignore any data that doesn't support what they want to do. For example, when the Vanderbilt study of merit pay was published, the U.S. Department of Education immediately released nearly $500 million for—what else—more merit-pay programs, and promised that another $500 million would be forthcoming.

April 25, 2011

Should Congress Tie Title I Aid to Common Standards, Tests?

A Washington think tank recommends that Congress tie federal Title I money to adoption of the common standards, or equally rigorous college- and career-ready standards.

April 21, 2011

The Company We Keep, and Why It Matters

As students, we are in school at most a third of our waking hours every year. Given "how" we learn, how best can we bridge school and the other two-thirds "efficiently"?

April 19, 2011

Technological-Capacity Questions Dog Assessment Consortia

Experts caution the two assessment consortia to attend to technological-capacity issues in states and districts.

April 18, 2011

Aren't Pep Rallies for Football Teams?

Will Richardson is seriously aggrieved by the curious spectacle of school standardized testing pep rallies: You have to wonder, is this really what we've come to in schools? That we have to remind kids that they are "bigger than the test" and show pictures of kids with captions like "6th Grade: N...

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