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October 28, 2010

Webinar to Feature Math and Science Test Items for ELLs

A free Webinar on Oct. 29 will explore considerations for testing English-language learners in math and science.

October 28, 2010

Prescient Words on Testing and Schools

Deborah Meier writes: "But I'm amazed to read those prescient words of 1983 which were, I argued, that your book was a recipe for the wrong reforms: "more tests, more homework, longer school hours, mandated state requirements, stiffer standards for promotion, stricter discipline codes, merit pay, and sometimes, tuition tax credits."

October 26, 2010

'Where Is Your Test Data?'

Here's pretty scary vision of a school collaborative planning meeting. (I really hope that the transcript is made up and not adapted from an actual meeting. ... ) (HT: The Answer Sheet.)

October 26, 2010

Study Finds Wide Variations in Test Cutoffs for 'Proficient'

A new study documents substantial gaps among states in what they expect students to master.

October 26, 2010

Demonizing Public Education

The film "Waiting for 'Superman'" offers a one-sided and contemptuous view of public education, Diane Ravitch writes.

October 22, 2010

In 'Superman's' Shadow

A Pittsburgh high school that is singled out for criticism in the film "Waiting for Superman" is working to salvage its reputation.

October 21, 2010

Spotlight on Assessment

Advertisement/Shameless Plug: These days, for better or for worse, teachers have to start thinking about testing on Day 1. Our colleagues over at Education Week have put together a set of articles on assessment as part of their Spotlight series. The bundle contains four stories and five commentari...

October 21, 2010

Why 'Convenient' Lies Won't Set Us Free

Wealth brings privileges. To pretend otherwise and insist that the "gaps" between the wealthy and the poor aren't important is not just a benign mistake; it's a dangerous one. When we allow the target to shift to "lazy" teachers and power-hungry unions, we should feel guilty, Mr. Guggenheim.

October 19, 2010

A Manifesto by the Powerful

The superintendents' manifesto does not come from the powerless. It was written by men and women who are in charge of major school systems and who certainly have far more power than parents, teachers, principals, or ordinary citizens.

October 12, 2010

Are We 'Right Answering' Kids to Death?

Will Richardson says schools need to put more emphasis on students (and teachers) as learners—as opposed to passive consumers of knowledge: I want so badly for my kids to be learners, not knowers first. Not that there aren't things they need to know, but I would much rather they have a yen ...

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