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September 15, 2011

What's Behind the SAT Reading-Score Drop?

Washington Post education blogger Valerie Strauss takes issue with the College Board's explanation that the decline in the SAT reading scores this past year was caused largely by an increase in the number and diversity of test-takers. She puts the blame squarely on the effects of recent education po...

September 13, 2011

Test Prep in the Kitchen

Looking for a new way to help students prepare for entrance exams? Have you tried teaching them to cook? Seriously, there's even a book for it. Charis Freiman-Mendal, an enterprising freshman at Choate college prep, has just published Cook Your Way Through the SAT, a cookbook in which the recipes ...

September 01, 2011

Teacher Collaboration: The Missing Link in School Reform?

The current education reform ethos has centered on improving individual teachers' effectiveness and accountability—through merit-pay programs and the use of value-added performance data, for example. But in an interesting article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Carrie R. Leana, a prof...

August 24, 2011

Is Rampant Test-Tampering Inevitable?

Responding to news of possible "test tampering" in New York City, NYC Educator makes a troubling prediction: Count on this—the cheating we hear about is the tip of the iceberg, and as long as we have this insane emphasis on test scores, it will grow exponentially worse. On the other hand: ...

August 12, 2011

Study: When Bullying is Up, Test Scores Are Down

A new study finds that schools with more bullying may also have lower test scores.

July 18, 2011

When Value-Added Evaluations Meet Cheating Allegations

Were student test scores from DC schools where the cheating investigations are ongoing used to evaluate teachers?

July 08, 2011

Writing on the Chopping Block

In a cost-cutting move, Illinois has eliminated writing from the state's standardized exams for high school juniors. Well, it's just one grade, you say. Not so fast: The state scrapped the writing portion of the standardized exams for elementary and middle schoolers last year. Some educators conte...

June 21, 2011

Do Low NAEP Scores Indicate Savvy Students?

Liam Julian over at Fordham's Flypaper responds to the doom-and-gloom rhetoric surrounding the U.S.' static history NAEP scores and, well, every other education-related news item these days.

May 16, 2011

New Research on Instructional Styles: Take Your Pick

The journal Science is publishing a study finding that, in an introductory college physics course, students placed in an experimental, collaborative-learning class performed significantly better on an end-of-course exam than students who were given a traditional lecture-based class.

May 11, 2011

Why Did Duncan's Letter Backfire?

In case you missed the fireworks last week, Diane Ravitch recaps the negative reaction to Education Secretary Arne Duncan's open letter to teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. A memorable way of putting it: It [the letter] should have been about as controversial as the president's annual Tha...

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