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June 25, 2012

The Final Grade on 'To Pass or Not To Pass'

By guest blogger Colette Marie Bennett, author of "To Pass or Not to Pass? The End-of-Year Moral Dilemma" Two weeks ago, I composed a First Person piece that questioned whether I should pass or fail a student in my English II class who could meet many of the benchmarks but had failed to complete th...

May 11, 2012

Report Card Bill: Parents Grading Themselves

Tennessee has created a new measure proposing that parents of students evaluate themselves on report cards.

September 13, 2011

Homework That Helps

In a New York Times op-ed piece titled The Trouble With Homework, Annie Murphy Paul writes people should not be concerned with the quantity of homework students are getting--a much-contended topic in education--but rather the quality of that work.

July 22, 2011

L.A. Homework Policy Suspended, For Now

The Los Angeles Unified School District has suspended its new homework policy just two months after it decided to limit performance on homework to 10 percent of a student's grade. According to the Los Angeles Times, LAUSD superintendent John Deasy said that the policy, intended to ensure grades indi...

June 30, 2011

Do Limits on Homework Lower Expectations?

The Los Angeles school district is instituting a new policy uniformly limiting homework to 10 percent of a student's grade. Drawing on recent research, the policy states that students should not be punished for differences in their "home academic environment" and that, as a rule, homework should be ...

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