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September 30, 2014

Is Testing Designed to Promote Inequality?

While corporate lobbying and palm-greasing is disturbing in its own right, we can't pin the obsession with testing on Pearson.

September 26, 2014

George Miller: 'Students are Enthusiastic' About Meeting Common-Core Challenge

The retiring U.S. representative also says that politicians are attacking the standards largely to position themselves better for the 2016 presidential elections.

September 26, 2014

Let Students Tell Us What They Know

Sometimes the best person to tell us what they know is the student who has done the learning. Too often in our profession we empower the wrong people and establish a misunderstanding about what students know and can do. This is why we must teach kids to self-assess against standards, defend their assessment and then accept it as a way to help kids.

September 25, 2014

What If? 'Tweeting' the Historic 1989 Education Summit

Any policy impact aside, one thing is almost certain: Social media would have made the Charlottesville, Va., summit a lot more fun for education journalists to cover.

September 22, 2014

Lawsuit Targets Common-Core Tests as 'Illegal Interstate Compact'

A Missouri lawsuit claims that the state's funding of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium illegally cedes state sovereignty over its K-12 policy.

September 22, 2014

Teaching Reflection in Steps

Teaching reflection is necessary for teachers of all ages. Students learn the valuable lesson of assessing themselves against standards which makes tracking their growth possible. Read on to learn one way to teach students to do this.

September 17, 2014

No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top Targeted by Ga. Superintendent Hopefuls

Federal education law, and competitive-grant initiatives from Washington, are catching quite a bit of heat from the two candidates seeking to be Georgia's next schools chief.

September 17, 2014

Taking Names and Giving Feedback

Switching over to standards based grading or no grading at all in a system that values the grade above all else can be a daunting endeavor, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't attempt it. After two weeks of school, the conversation has shifted in my classroom and I'm eager to continue my work with throwing out grades altogether.

September 12, 2014

Does the Common Core Limit Teaching?

A poll showing opposition to the Common Core reflects a misunderstanding of how the standards encourage engaging instruction, as two school examples show.

September 11, 2014

New 'Leaders and Laggards' Report From U.S. Chamber: Which States Improved?

Seven years after its "Leaders and Laggards" report took states to task over their K-12 policy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows what it thinks of the K-12 landscape in 2014.

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