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April 07, 2011

Teacher Blogger Takes on Ed. Department

Heads up: Our opinion blogger Anthony Cody, a science educator in Oakland, Calif., has made the NY Times with his dogged questioning of the seeming disconnect between President Obama's recent statements on testing and the U.S. Department of Education's policies. A must read.

March 29, 2011

TEDx Talk: Make Schools Relevant

Will Richardson, the teacher-turned-tech-expert who was featured in our previous Teacher PD Sourcebook, recently gave a presentation for TEDxNYEd, a spinoff of the renowned yearly TED Talk conferences. Richardson says kids today, in the era of smartphones and constant connectivity, learn different...

February 04, 2011

The Case for Memorization

While the concepts of rote learning and drill-and-kill instruction have acquired negative reputations, Justin Snider, a doctoral student at Columbia University, seeks to remind educators that memorization—in the sense of "learning things by heart"—can be highly enriching for students. Memo...

January 21, 2011

Having Trouble Learning? Take a Test

A new study says taking tests helps people learn, even moreso than some studying techniques.

January 14, 2011

Chinese Educators, Leaders Questioning Focus on Tests

Somewhat ironically, the success of Chinese students on recent international tests has been met with a mixture of embarrassment and soul-searching back home, according to a Los Angeles Times story.

January 03, 2011

Duncan: NCLB Needs More Flexibility, Better Tests

In an Op-Ed in the Washington Post, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan highlights several areas where Democrat and Republican lawmakers should be able to agree when it comes to revamping the No Child Left Behind Act.

December 30, 2010

Administrators Tackle Cell Phone Cheating Problem

Recognizing it had a cheating problem, with students covertly texting each other answers from their pockets during a state exam, the Mississippi Department of Education paid a company to analyze tests using "data forensics," according to the New York Times. The result? Cheating went down 70 percent,...

December 13, 2010

When Standardized Tests Get it Wrong

After reviewing a standardized test his students had taken, a high school teacher discovered that eight of the 28 questions were faulty.

November 02, 2010

How Teaching to the Test Could Be a Good Thing

Maybe teaching to the test wouldn't be so bad if schools had better tests.

November 01, 2010

What Teachers Can't Control

Diane Ravitch argues that "value-added" ratings of teachers based on test scores badly underestimate the impact of out-of-school factors on students' performance from year to year.

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