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February 11, 2014

Report on Student Testing Times Concedes Major Errors

After a flood of critics pointed out errors, Teach Plus dove back into the data to post correct--and much higher--testing times that change some of the fundamental conclusions in the report.

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 05, 2014

Study: Districts Vary Widely in the Amount of Time They Spend on Testing

A new study finds that district-imposed tests take far more of teachers' and students' time than do state-mandated assessments.

February 04, 2014

Will We Ever Allow Computers to Grade Students' Writing?

We are not suggesting that a computer can replace the grace and value of the interaction between a teacher and a student. But let's have a discussion before we close our minds to the possibilities.

January 31, 2014

Many of the Biggest Education Deals Playing Out Overseas, Report Finds

The number of education-focused mergers and acquistions rose during the most recent year, according to an analysis by Berkery Noyes, a investment bank.

January 31, 2014

Kentucky Withdraws From PARCC Testing Consortium

Kentucky had been uncertain for many months about whether it would use the PARCC tests for common standards.

January 30, 2014

Shanghai: Teacher Quality Strategies

A look at how Shanghai is able to both produce high quality beginning teachers at low cost and continuously improve the skills of teachers already in the workforce, leading not only to impressive performance on PISA but better student outcomes overall.

January 30, 2014

CEOs Urge Federal Officials to Overhaul E-Rate

A group of about 50 business leaders have written to the Federal Communications Commission calling for improvements to the E-rate progarm.

January 28, 2014

How Do We Lead Toward a Better Assessment System?

Perhaps, if we produce better local assessments, and use them to inform instruction, give constructive feedback, and help motivate our students, the standardized tests will fall aside and take their proper place as quiet snapshots of national progress while we attend to our students school by school.

January 24, 2014

In Letter to Arne Duncan, Common Core State Chiefs Vow to Protect Student Data

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, 34 state schools chief vowed to not share personally identifiable student data with the federal government.

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