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June 08, 2015

Understanding the Opt-Out Movement: A One-Woman Play (In Five Acts)

This five-act play explains the opt-out movement from the year 2000 to present.

June 05, 2015

Teachers Don't Want More Data, They Want Better Data, Gates Survey Finds

A new survey by the Gates Foundation finds that nearly all teachers regularly use digital tools like digital gradebooks, but are unhappy with the data or the tools they have access to.

June 04, 2015

How Does the Opt-Out Movement Intend to Close Achievement Gaps?

The opt-out movement is right to call for a richer, more authentic learning experience. It's wrong to stay silent on the educational inequality that makes testing necessary, Cristina Duncan Evans say.

June 03, 2015

Will a Skeptical Public Accept Multiple Indicators?

California dumped its single number achievement system, and it's headed toward a dashboard of indicators. Will the public learn to read the dials and lights or just hone in on standardized test scores?

June 03, 2015

Former Rep. George Miller Worried Senate ESEA Rewrite Lacks Accountability

The issue of whether the bipartisan Senate ESEA reauthorization bill includes enough protections for poor and minority students is sure to be one of the biggest debates if the bill is brought the Senate floor, as it's expected to sometime this summer.

June 01, 2015

In Nod to Florida, Texas Lawmakers Approve A-F Grades for Schools

On May 31, Lone Star State lawmakers approved House Bill 2804, which would extend the state's current method of giving districts letter grades to individual schools.

June 01, 2015

Is Ed. Data a Fitbit or a Post-Mortem?

As California redesigns its assessment system, questions of data usefulness rise to the forefront. Think rapid feedback rather than data autopsy.

May 28, 2015

Study Highlights Rifts Over Best Practices for Approving Charter Schools

Authorizing has been getting increased attention lately as some state- and press-led investigations have revealed cases of systematic academic and financial failure in charter schools.

May 28, 2015

Annual Accountability Testing: Time for the Civil Rights Community to Reconsider

Why are civil rights groups fighting so hard for annual accountability testing when there is no evidence that it helps poor and minority students?

May 27, 2015

Report Exposes Divide Over Charter School Authorizing Best Practices

Authorizing has been getting increased attention lately as some state- and press-led investigations have revealed cases of systematic academic and financial failure in charter schools.

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