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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.

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.

June 29, 2014

Protesters to Gates Foundation: "Divest from Corporate Education Reform"

Bill Gates has it exactly upside down. The innovators are the classroom teachers. The innovators are the students. The innovators are the people working in the schools creating new things every day.

June 21, 2014

Is a High Stakes Moratorium Worth Embracing?

As a thought experiment, what would it look like if the Gates Foundation truly was attending to the research and evidence that is showing how damaging the new Common Core tests and high stakes accountability systems are?

June 07, 2014

Can California Offer a New Model for Accountability? Or Are We Still Chasing Test Scores?

We who are opposed to "high stakes tests" are opposed not only to the most vicious uses of those tests, to close schools and fire teachers. We are opposed to the practice of making standardized tests central to the educational process in our schools.

May 23, 2014

Oregon Teachers' Union Supports Opting Out, Calls for Congressional Hearings on Testing

Today we have the fourth report this month contributed by teacher union activists, who have followed democratic processes in their unions to engage in active resistance to high stakes testing.

May 19, 2014

Connecticut Teachers Push Back on Common Core, Endorse Call for Congressional Hearings

I had hoped to make a difference as I wanted the CEA to take a firm stand against the misguided and ill-conceived Common Core standards and its implementation efforts throughout the State.

May 03, 2014

Computerized Grading: Purloining the Analysis, the Most Fundamental Exposition of Humanity

There is great urgency behind the search for this magic combination - test questions that can prompt student essays which can then be scored fairly accurately by computers.

May 01, 2014

Paul Horton: A Teacher Writes to Arne Duncan

If you decide to come back to Chicago and enroll here, your kids will take no multiple-choice tests in my class. They will write paragraphs, speeches, short papers, and research papers.

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