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September 30, 2011

Taking a Philosophical View of Standardized Tests

On the New York Times' Opinionator blog, a Notre Dame philosophy professor warns against the inclination to take "immediate and drastic" corrective action based on subpar student standardized test scores. Tests, he suggests, are not always a good gauge of students' applicable knowledge in a particul...

September 29, 2011

The Tao of Finland's Schools

This month's Smithsonian magazine includes an interesting article exploring the (relatively recent) success of Finland's school system. The author highlights a certain Zen-like quality in the way Finnish schools operate: Teachers in Finland spend fewer hours at school each day and spend les...

September 29, 2011

Common Core ELL Assessment to Be Built by Wis. Consortium

Wisconsin received a $10.5 million grant from the Department of Education to develop an online assessment for English-language learners. Wisconsin is working with WIDA and a 28-state consortium.

September 29, 2011

Forward to the Past

The big idea of the Reformers Ltd. is that we learn best if we feel scared and if we are quickly rewarded or punished. It keeps us on our toes, along with chants and drum beats and ticking clocks.

September 27, 2011

News Magazine Identifies 'Best' Schools for STEM Learning

U.S. News & World Report this year for the first time has sought to identify the best public high schools for learning science and math.

September 27, 2011

Why Naming Names Is Wrong

Even researchers who support the use of value-added assessment for teacher evaluation have warned that it is wrong to name names.

September 23, 2011

Disability Groups React to Obama's NCLB Waiver Plan

While many wanted a departure from NCLB, some unknowns remain about what states will do with their new-found flexibility when it comes to students with disabilities.

September 23, 2011

UPDATED: NCLB Waiver Requires States to Report College-Going Rates

If states want waivers from key NCLB provisions, the Education Department will require them to report annually on their students' and schools' college-going and college-credit-accumulation rates.

September 21, 2011

Assessment Consortium Membership Shifts

New Mexico joins the PARCC assessment consortium, continuing the shakeout of test designs that states are choosing for the common standards.

September 20, 2011

ESEA Proposals, NCLB Waivers Trouble Special Ed. Advocates

Change the No Child Left Behind law in the short and long terms could erase some of the progress the law has made for students with disabilities.

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