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October 01, 2014

Test Scores to Count for Less in New York City School Accountability

The new accountability system, announced by Chancellor Carmen FariƱa on Wednesday, ditches the A-F letter grades utilized during the Michael R. Bloomberg era.

May 14, 2014

What the NAEP Data Tell Us About Seniors' Interests and Experiences

The latest round of NAEP results for 12th graders delves into a variety of contextual factors, including math courses students have taken and their attitudes toward reading.

April 03, 2014

Maryland Bill Delaying Tests for Teacher Evaluation Headed to Gov. O'Malley

Teacher evaluations linked to test scores would be delayed under a Maryland bill awaiting the governor's signature.

December 04, 2013

John Kuhn: Our Kids -- Coddled or Confident?

Are American students merely coddled, or are they instead aptly confident? Perhaps instead of being hobbled by a mathematical deficit, our kids are instead empowered by a superabundance of hopeful freedom that allows them to dare big things.

October 30, 2013

Gains Seen in Teachers' Academic Abilities

Teachers are posting higher scores on the SAT exam than two decades previously, and higher scorers are now just as likely to teach as their peers.

May 28, 2013

Teachers Could Shift the Conversation About Assessment and Accountability

At the Mission Hill School in Boston, teachers decide which ways to assess their students, and why. Educator Kim Farris-Berg imagines what it would like like if all teachers across the country were similarly trusted.

May 23, 2013

What Should Schools Be Assessing - and How?

In this era of the school turnaround, what should a struggling school be turning into - and how can we know if it's working? Sam Chaltain has some ideas, but they would require a sea change in how we think about assessing whether or not students are learning.

April 29, 2013

Teachers Need So-Called Tenure More Than Ever

Teachers need fair employment and dismissal procedures or so-called tenure because so much concentration on high stakes testing has distorted the practice of teaching. Politicians need to assure good teachers that they will not be subjected to personal, political, arbitrary, and capricious decisions not to mention nepotism.

March 20, 2013

How Your School Compares Internationally

Do we need tests that compare individual American students to their international peers?

March 15, 2013

Math, Reading Gaps By Gender Persist, Global Study Finds

Achievement gaps persist by gender persist across the globe, a new study finds, with boys lagging in reading and girls lagging in math.

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