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.
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January 03, 2011
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
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
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
Maybe teaching to the test wouldn't be so bad if schools had better tests.
November 01, 2010
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.
October 26, 2010
Here's pretty scary vision of a school collaborative planning meeting. (I really hope that the transcript is made up and not adapted from an actual meeting. ... ) (HT: The Answer Sheet.)
October 22, 2010
A Pittsburgh high school that is singled out for criticism in the film "Waiting for Superman" is working to salvage its reputation.
October 21, 2010
Advertisement/Shameless Plug: These days, for better or for worse, teachers have to start thinking about testing on Day 1. Our colleagues over at Education Week have put together a set of articles on assessment as part of their Spotlight series. The bundle contains four stories and five commentari...
October 12, 2010
Will Richardson says schools need to put more emphasis on students (and teachers) as learnersas opposed to passive consumers of knowledge: I want so badly for my kids to be learners, not knowers first. Not that there aren't things they need to know, but I would much rather they have a yen ...