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October 04, 2012

Let's Find Issues to Unite Around

Let's think of three, four, or at most five issues we could unite on, principles that might cut across some of the unnecessarily warring parties.

October 03, 2012

New Center Established to Develop Effective Special Educators

The $25 million federal grant used to establish the center is one of many the federal Education Department has announced in recent weeks that involve special education.

October 01, 2012

States Lack Sufficient Test Security, Newspaper Finds

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds that most oversights in most states put them at risk for large-scale cheating on state tests.

September 28, 2012

Should the Common Standards 'Change Everything'?

A common-standards advocate argues that many aspects of American education will have to change if schooling is to fully reflect the new expectations.

September 28, 2012

Teaching to the Test: Is it a Bad Thing?

Is it bad to teach to the test?

September 27, 2012

Civil Rights Group Questions Specialized Schools' Admissions in N.Y.C.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has filed a complaint against New York City's Specialized High Schools' admissions process. It says that over-reliance on a less-than-perfect test leads to disproportionately low numbers of African-American and Latino students at the schools.

September 19, 2012

Will the Common Assessments Be Used as a Graduation Requirement?

States' plans to use the common assessments as exit exams spark a warning from a Washington research-and-policy group.

September 18, 2012

Fraction of Special Ed. Students Proficient on National Writing Test

Just 5 percent of 8th graders and 5 percent of 12th graders who took the new National Assessment of Educational Progress in writing earned a score at or above the "proficient" level.

September 17, 2012

Yes, Teachers Do Have A Breaking Point

We all remember the scene in the movie Network where a character throws open the window, sticks his head out, and yells, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore." Last week, about 30,000 educators in Chicago came to a similar breaking point. It was a fascinating week for watchers an...

September 14, 2012

Smarter Balanced, PARCC Team Up To Fund Future Operations

Two big assessment consortia partner with the organizations that led the common-standards initiative to seek funding.

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