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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.

March 10, 2014

The Common Core Equity Swindle

The farther into this experiment we get, the more devastating this latest sorting mechanism appears to be. Every time you stamp "college ready" on a student who has cleared the bar, the students that did not make it past that hurdle are stamped "unworthy."

February 24, 2014

John Thompson: Fear, Teen Stress and High Stakes Tests

It is not just in urban schools where reformers have tried to combat the stress of poverty by dumping the stress of high-stakes testing on teens. It is not just in the inner city that the values necessary for living a happy, healthy, and rewarding life have been subordinated to a competition

January 17, 2014

Will California Use Common Core Tests as a High School Exit Exam?

Last week, California's state superintendent of education Tom Torlakson casually mentioned something that could have huge implications for students and teachers.

July 06, 2013

Exit Exams Boost the School to Prison Pipeline

A new study sheds startling light on a strong connection between high school exit exams and rates of incarceration.

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