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February 14, 2014

Pasi Sahlberg on Finland's Recent PISA Results

Marc Tucker interviews Pasi Sahlberg about Finland's fall in the rankings on the 2012 PISA.

February 11, 2014

Large-District Superintendents Lay Out Their Vision for ESEA Renewal

Fifteen countywide or suburban district superintendents call for a lot less testing and much more leeway for states and districts on setting and achieving goals in any new version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

February 07, 2014

What Now? Federal Education Policy Adrift

How the federal education agenda with an emphasis on on charters, federally imposing the Common Core initiative, teacher evaluation, and test based accountability is seeking solutions in all the wrong places and pushing policies that are not backed by evidence.

February 03, 2014

Children Need More Choices in Kindergarten, NAEYC Expert Says

An official with the National Association for the Education of Young Children worries that kindergartners have less choice these days to pursue their own interests.

January 31, 2014

The Big Apple's Chance to Course-Correct on Testing

Those who follow New York City schools have been witnessing a time-honored ritual -- pro-testing school reformers have mightily overreached, inviting pushback that's now poised to dismantle much of their useful handiwork. Mayor de Blasio has said that he and his new chancellor, Carmen Fariña, will "do everything in our power to reduce focus on high-stakes testing." At the press conference where he introduced Fariña, de Blasio said, "[Testing] has taken us down the wrong road and, within limits of state and federal law, we will do all we can to roll back that focus." This strident stance is misguided and likely to yield unfortunate results.

January 29, 2014

Pa. Rejects Cyber Charter Applicants, Citing For-Profits' Role

Applications for six independently managed, fully online schools were denied, in part due to concerns regarding close relationships between board members and proposed vendors.

January 21, 2014

Oklahoma Redefines 'Full Time' Students to Allow for Several Missed Weeks

The state's department of education is creating a rule that will make teachers accountable for students who might be absent for the first several weeks of the school year.

January 17, 2014

On Writing

Marc Tucker explains why US students have such poor writing skills and what we can do to change that.

January 14, 2014

All 50 States Now Using Testing or Student Performance for School Accountability

In 2002, only eight states used graduation rates in school accountability systems, the Education Commission of the States found; that had jumped to 44, plus the District of Columbia, in 2013.

January 14, 2014

On Michelle Rhee's Latest State-Policy Report Card, No 'A' Grades Once Again

Still, an official with the StudentsFirst advocacy organization says that state policy has improved somewhat since last year on what the group flags as high-priority areas.

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