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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.

May 22, 2015

Wisconsin Budget Recommendations Include Citizenship Test

Wisconsin lawmakers include a citizenship-test requirement for high school students in budget recommendations from their joint finance committee.

May 21, 2015

Teachers Have No Voice or Choice in Testing, So Why Would They Support It?

Public school educators have knowledge and expertise that should be welcomed into policy debates, says Deb McCarthy, and that means the teaching profession benefits from the opt-out movement.

May 21, 2015

What the Opt-Out Movement Teaches Students

There is a frightening new sentiment in the education world these days that it is OK for students to pick and choose what they participate in, Marika Heughins argues.

May 20, 2015

Standardized Testing Has Created an Unfair Burden on Public Schools

If the opt-out movement can shed light and focus attention on the injustices public schools face, Bill Ivey says, then he is 100 percent in support of it.

May 20, 2015

Why the Opt-Out Movement Won't Fix Testing

Opting out is a passive response that hopes to incite change through causing inconvenience, rather than driving meaningful reform, Ken Mattingly writes.

May 14, 2015

Common-Core Backers Hit States' High Proficiency Rates

Common-core backers seek a new audience for an old message: that states set the proficiency bars on their tests far too low.

May 14, 2015

One Step Closer to a New Accountability System for California Schools?

California is hammering out a new state accountability system to complement its school funding system and local accountability models. What might Golden State accountability look like in the future?

May 13, 2015

Researchers: Measures of Traits Like 'Grit' Should Not Be Used for Accountability

Measures used to assess student progress in development of social and emotional traits are limited and should not be used to penalize or compare schools, Angela Duckworth and David Yeager wrote.

May 12, 2015

A-F Grades for Schools

Jack Schneider and Mercedes Schneider discuss the A-F rating system used to evaluate schools in Louisiana and elsewhere.

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