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October 25, 2011

NCLB: End It, Don't Mend It

Despite the manifest failure of NCLB, the Obama administration proposes not to scrap it, but to offer waivers if states agree to accept the mandates selected by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

October 24, 2011

Separate Education for Those in Special Education? Possibly

Will the teachers of students with disabilities, teachers who in many cases work with all students, have to meet a lesser standard than their counterparts? And will expectations of students with disabilities be lowered, too, when the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is reauthorized? Maybe.

October 20, 2011

Re-Learning What We 'Know'

Taking children's parents seriously as their child's first teacher, requires collaboration not mandates.

October 20, 2011

A Separate Education System for Students With Disabilities?

"When a student with a disability takes a different assessment than a student without a disability, there is no way to compare their performance, no way to accurately measure achievement gaps and no way to know how well they have grasped the grade-level content."

October 18, 2011

If You Believe in Miracles, Don't Read This

But as long as public officials insist on making test scores the measure of teacher quality and school success, then their claims should be closely scrutinized using the metrics that they themselves have made the coin of the realm. Many of the schools that politicians hail as successes have records no different from other schools that the politicians are closing.

October 17, 2011

N.Y. Education Department Proposes $2 Million to Curb Cheating

The money would be spent on a pilot program to develop computer-based tests and search some test sheets for suspicious erasures.

October 14, 2011

Test Result: No School for Student with Asperger Syndrome

After the mother of a South Carolina student with Asperger syndrome kept him from taking the state's annual exams last school year, his charter school said he can no longer be a student at their school.

October 13, 2011

UPDATED: NCLB Waivers for States That Decline Common Standards, Tests?

Three of those intending to seek waivers from No Child Left Behind have not adopted common standards or signed up to work on common tests, two key areas of judgment in the waiver process.

October 12, 2011

Price of ESEA Bill Too Steep for Students With Disabilities?

Some fear the proposed bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, would, if passed, undo years of progress regarding students with disabilities.

October 11, 2011

South Korea Cracks Down on Late-Night Tutoring

Well, here's one educational problem we probably don't have to worry about in the U.S.: Were you aware that the South Korean government is now conducting late-nights raids to enforce a new curfew on after-hours tutoring operations? The raids, Amanda Ripley reports in a fascinating article for Time...

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