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February 24, 2015

Why Has the Dominance of Standardized Tests Persisted?

In this post, Jack Schneider and Paul Reville discuss the increasingly central role that standardized tests have played in public education for the past two decades.

February 23, 2015

NoRedInk Raises $6M to Teach Writing Using Hit TV Shows, Student Hobbies

NoRedInk, a website that uses student interests to create grammar and writing exercises, raised $6 million in a Series A round.

December 10, 2014

Tennessee Gov. Proposes Reducing Weight of Test Scores in Evaluation

Bill Haslam, a Republican, says teachers have convinced him that there should be less weight given to test scores in the state's teacher-evaluation system.

October 02, 2014

High Standards and Authentic Instruction and Assessment: A Look Back #TBT

Authentic learning opportunities and authentic assessments have been on the educational landscape for years. Yet there remains a need for shared understanding of what that means.

September 25, 2014

Ravitch and Zhao: Ricochet

In a response to Diane Ravitch and Yong Zhao, Marc Tucker argues that instead of abandoning standardized tests, the United States needs much better standardized tests, administered at fewer grade levels.

August 29, 2014

A Weekly Round-Up, And Some Final Thoughts

Oh, seemingly intractable social inequalities: Fewer than 15% of undergrads at the top colleges come from the poorer half of American families. At specialized high schools in New York City, only 5-7% of attendees are students of color. Chronic absenteeism and poverty are correlated. And, I'm putting this blog to rest.

August 27, 2014

What Should Arne Do?

We've hammered Duncan for what he's gotten wrong. But as teachers, we know that you don't foster improvement by focusing on the negatives. Can we come up with some suggestions for what Duncan should do?

July 22, 2014

John Thompson: Oklahoma's Chief for Change Barresi in Trouble With Voters

My experience this week helps explain why I believe we must take more time to celebrate our victories. If we can win in Oklahoma, victory is achievable anywhere and everywhere.

July 03, 2014

A Question for Bill Gates: How Can We Motivate Students When Their Futures Are Bleak?

I am trying to make sense of the education reform project, which seems a mass of contradictions. On the one hand, we have a seemingly utopian project with bold pronouncements about the boundless capacity of all students

June 30, 2014

Common Core-Aligned Tests and the New Pearson GED: Failure By Design?

If the pass rates on Common Core tests and the new Common Core-aligned GED plummet, it is because they were designed to do so. If there is an outcome that has been engineered, there must be a reason that outcome is desirable.

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