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January 31, 2012

Does President Obama Know What Race to the Top Is?

Do you think that President Obama just doesn't understand that Race to the Top has encouraged states to double down on high-stakes testing? Maybe he doesn't realize that the strategies of his administration rely totally on test scores.

January 27, 2012

Principals Balk at Stepped-Up Demands for Teacher Evaluations

The expanded teacher evaluation process required by some education reform efforts takes too much time for too little reward, some principals say.

January 25, 2012

Va. Senate Votes to End Science, History Testing for 3rd Graders

The Virginia Senate delivered a bipartisan vote in favor of a bill that would end required state testing of 3rd graders in science and history.

January 25, 2012

Teacher Evaluations Must Be Fair

One of the highest compliments a teacher can get from a student is to be told that she or he is fair. When students believe their teacher is fair, they accept test grades, homework assignments, and discipline without drama. Teachers, like their students and like people in other professions, apprec...

January 25, 2012

States Anticipate Technology Challenges With Common Tests

A new survey of states finds that they anticipate significant technological challenges implementing tests for the common standards.

January 24, 2012

Federal Grants Promote Science Ed. for English-Learners

The NSF and U.S. Department of Education have recently issued grants to help improve science learning among English language learners.

January 24, 2012

Will California Start a National Revolt Against Bad Ideas?

But I was inspired above all, because California has courageous, wise, and bold leadership that is prepared to stop the insanity that has undermined education across the nation.

January 17, 2012

Florida Presses NAGB on NAEP Exclusion Rates

A letter of complaint from Florida's education commissioner highlights NAEP's ongoing trouble with high rates of exclusion for students learning English and those with disabilities.

January 17, 2012

Florida: States Excluding Too Many Students from NAEP

Although there has been a push to make "the nation's report card", the National Assessment of Educational Progress, better reflect the academic performance of all children in America's schools, the effort hasn't gone far enough, Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson said recently.

January 17, 2012

What Value Did the Chetty Study Add?

We might or might not have higher test scores, but at what cost? Under these circumstances, who will want to teach?

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