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January 11, 2011

Report Sees Disconnect Between NAEP, Common Standards

[Correction: This blog post should have said that the NAEP math items examined in the Brookings Institution study were, on average, two to three years below the 8th grade math recommended by the common-core standards. The algebra items were at about the 6th grade level. The items from the "numbers" ...

January 07, 2011

Feds Make ELLs a Priority for Tests Based on Common-Core Standards

The federal government intends to provide grants for the development of English-language-proficiency assessments that are aligned with the national common core standards.

January 06, 2011

Public Education and Fact vs. Fiction

No serious discussion can take place among people who hold so many different pictures of both current and past realities and have no patience for digging further.

January 04, 2011

Another Look at PISA

So long as we continue to avert our gaze from the festering problems bred by deep poverty and racial isolation, it seems unlikely that any school reform agenda can produce the transformation that our society seeks.

January 03, 2011

An Early Glimpse at Gates-Funded Instructional Tools

The Gates Foundation offers an early glimpse into the development of instructional tools it is funding for the new common standards.

January 03, 2011

Duncan: NCLB Needs More Flexibility, Better Tests

In an Op-Ed in the Washington Post, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan highlights several areas where Democrat and Republican lawmakers should be able to agree when it comes to revamping the No Child Left Behind Act.

December 30, 2010

Administrators Tackle Cell Phone Cheating Problem

Recognizing it had a cheating problem, with students covertly texting each other answers from their pockets during a state exam, the Mississippi Department of Education paid a company to analyze tests using "data forensics," according to the New York Times. The result? Cheating went down 70 percent,...

December 29, 2010

Top Curriculum Themes of 2010

STEM, reading, and assessment top the list of most-read subjects on Curriculum Matters in 2010.

December 28, 2010

Common Assessments: Comparing the Proposals

Two new summaries of the Race to the Top assessment proposals offer concise, comparative looks at the design ideas for the new tests.

December 27, 2010

'Addicted to Progress' on Tests: A Turnaround Strategy

Two Boston schools use frequent testing and close monitoring of the results as keys to their turnaround strategies.

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