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January 21, 2011

Having Trouble Learning? Take a Test

A new study says taking tests helps people learn, even moreso than some studying techniques.

January 20, 2011

The Challenge of Aligning K-12 With College

A California program is a role model for those who want to help K-12 systems align to college expectations.

January 18, 2011

The Pitfalls of Putting Economists in Charge Of Education

It is astonishing to realize the extent to which education debates are now framed and dominated by economists, not by educators or sociologists or cognitive psychologists or anyone else who actually spends time in classrooms.

January 14, 2011

Chinese Educators, Leaders Questioning Focus on Tests

Somewhat ironically, the success of Chinese students on recent international tests has been met with a mixture of embarrassment and soul-searching back home, according to a Los Angeles Times story.

January 13, 2011

More on PISA: U.S. High Achievers Scarce in Math, Science

The U.S. is not exactly a world leader in producing top-tier performers in math and science.

January 12, 2011

Will the New Assessments Make a Difference?

Mixed into the optimistic visions of the folks working on new assessments for the common standards are some more-skeptical strains. One recent example I've come across: a prediction from George Wood, the executive director of the Forum for Education and Democracy, that the new tests won't prove, in ...

January 11, 2011

A Message for Common Standards in Race to Top Guidance?

New guidance from the Department of Education warns states not to wander too far from their Race to the Top plans.

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.

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