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April 18, 2011

Assessment Consortia: New Shifts in Membership

New Jersey and Oklahoma drop the SMARTER Balanced Consortium and work exclusively with PARCC.

April 13, 2011

Science, Math Play Key Roles in High School Coursework

A new study from NAEP shows the key roles that math and science play in students' high school coursework.

April 12, 2011

Study Shows Math Graphics Aid ELLs on Tests

A new study from the University of Georgia shows that if test developers include graphics with math items that are relevant to the question asked, they can partly close the performance gap on those test items between English-proficient students and English-language learners.

April 12, 2011

Vouchers Make a Comeback, But Why?

That last argument is the one that really moves policymakers in these tough fiscal times. Imagine that: voucher schools may not educate kids better, but they can do the job at half the cost. That's powerful, and it reveals what matters most these days: not improving education, not encouraging creativity and innovation, but cutting costs.

April 11, 2011

Pearson Solicits Input About Transition to Online Testing

Pearson solicits help in brainstorming about the best ways for states to transition to online testing.

April 11, 2011

AERA: Graphic Test Questions Help ELLs Translate Math

A new study from the University of Georgia, presented at the American Educational Research Association conference, suggests that including appropriate graphics with test questions can help English-language learners translate their math skills, even when there are no other accommodations available.

April 08, 2011

DNA? Atoms? What Science Students Know, and Don't Know

A new website from a prominent scientific body probes the concepts students know and those where they have misconceptions.

April 07, 2011

Teacher Blogger Takes on Ed. Department

Heads up: Our opinion blogger Anthony Cody, a science educator in Oakland, Calif., has made the NY Times with his dogged questioning of the seeming disconnect between President Obama's recent statements on testing and the U.S. Department of Education's policies. A must read.

April 07, 2011

People vs. Dollars

Lobbyist by lobbyist, the unions certainly couldn't match their opponents, even if we added in the many good citizen advocacy groups. But they had one advantage over the others: the relatively high loyalty of their members. Numbers of people vs. numbers of dollars.

April 05, 2011

The Texas Miracle Revisited

But what we now know is that there never was a Texas miracle. At best, it was wishful thinking. At worst, it was a lie.

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