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April 15, 2015

Improving Accountability Systems to Create Internal Responsibility

How state systems of accountability can support doing good, not just looking good.

April 15, 2015

What Are They Cheering For?

If students can't do their best work unless adults hop, skip, strut, twist and shout about the test, we're doing something quite wrong in assessment, and in our messaging about education.

April 10, 2015

Civil Rights Group Backs Language-Learner Provisions in ESEA Rewrite

The bill would provide incentives to states and school districts to implement policies to significantly improve instruction for English-learners.

April 09, 2015

Florida Votes to Cut Tests, Lower Exams' Weight in Teacher Evaluations

The passage of the bill is the culmination of months of pressure in Florida to reduce the amount of testing as well as its consequences students, teachers and schools.

April 09, 2015

Civil Rights Hero: 'Charters Are an Important Part of the Answer'

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, explained "I'm deeply grateful" to people involved in the charter school movement. "Charters are an important part of the answer" to what American children, especially low income and children of color need. She also stressed the importance of effective district, as well as chartered public schools.

April 08, 2015

What Are Some Juicy State-Policy Tidbits From the Senate ESEA Rewrite?

Key state-level groups are applauding the U.S. Senate's proposed rewrite of federal education law unveiled on April 7. What are some details?

April 07, 2015

ESEA Draft Keeps Annual Testing Schedule

The bipartisan draft of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would also require states to have challenging academic standards, and authorize a comprehensive state literacy program.

April 06, 2015

Atlanta Injustice Demands a Response

As a teacher, I do not tolerate cheating by my students, but I also take responsibility for creating assessment conditions that minimize cheating. Will any policy makers accept responsibility for the conditions surrounding the Atlanta test-cheating cases?

April 02, 2015

Common-Core Consortium Tests: It's Been a Long Five Years

It would be an understatement to say that it's been an eventful five years since the feds offered $350 million grants to states to design tests for the common core.

April 02, 2015

NCAA Challenge Was a "Big Tent" Triumph

You, folks mentioned above, our Center and hundreds of others came together in a four-year battle with the N.C.A.A. It was a wonderful example of people across political, ideological and philosophical lines successfully challenging something that made no sense.

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