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July 23, 2012

Parsing Performance Among Asian-Heritage Students

The U.S. Department of Education is looking for promising practices in disaggregating data for Asian-heritage students.

July 19, 2012

Politics or Policy?

NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly joins principals across the country in calling on Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and, in doing so, support, strengthen and invest in great principals.

June 26, 2012

Yong Zhao: Focus on Entrepreneurial Skills, not Test Scores

In his keynote this morning at the ISTE conference, Zhao tied the U.S. economy's strength to its entrepreneurial and creative spirit, despite American test scores, which lag behind its Asian counterparts.

June 22, 2012

States Show Slow Progress With English-Learners

A long overdue report on progress of English learners was released by the U.S. Department of Education

June 19, 2012

Should Students Wear a Galvanic Skin Response Bracelet?

The most intriguing topic of the past week was discovering that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been subsidizing research into something called "galvanic skin response monitors." This research is intended to develop a bracelet that may be worn regularly by students and teachers to gauge their physiological reactions to what is happening in the classroom.

June 12, 2012

Academic Fraud: Does Anyone Care?

As the pressure to reach the targets get tougher, many districts are devising ways to raise their graduation rates that have nothing to do with thinking and learning. A prime suspect is credit recovery.

May 31, 2012

One Million Teachers Just Choked

I have had the pleasure of working with some great teachers who happen to be registered Republicans, and they've been pretty loyal to their Party's nominees in the past. They have let me know how disappointed they have been with the current administration's preoccupation with using student test data...

May 23, 2012

Debate Rages Over Accountability for English Learners in Florida

District leaders, advocates for English-learners and Hispanic politicians argue that Florida's new school grading system is unfair to ELLs

May 22, 2012

Fix the Fixation on Testing

AFT's Marla Ucelli-Kashyap calls on education stakeholders to end the fixation on low-quality, high-stakes assessments in favor of an accountability system that integrates testing with teaching and learning, and measures deeper subject matter knowledge and whether students have the skills to use it.

May 17, 2012

Sahlberg's New Book is Worth the Read

In case you missed my book review published on Catherine A. Cardno's blog BookMarks, also a part of Education Week, I thought I would provide you another opportunity. Book Review: Wilson on Sahlberg, Finnish Lessons We have studied them. We have admired them. We have envied them. What we have no...

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