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August 11, 2017

Farewell (and Cheerio) From the K-12 Contrarian

It's been three years and 111 posts. It's time to say goodbye to the K-12 Contrarian.

April 04, 2017

These Testing Obsessions Are Getting a Little Weird

Did you hear the one about the school that made the kid turn his t-shirt inside out during testing because it had words on it? Read on.

March 18, 2017

Why Is Mulvaney Opposed to Feeding Poor Kids at School?

Mick Mulvaney, the reverse Robin Hood, thinks after school programs that provide food to kids are a waste of money and an insult to hard working Americans. What world does he live in?

February 26, 2016

A Tale of Two Test Scores

One of our local schools made the paper recently for not doing enough to raise the test scores of its students. Whether that's true or not is an open question.

January 19, 2016

It's Time to Give the Final Final Exam

Last week was finals week for my 9th grader. Isn't it about time to get rid of final exams?

November 23, 2015

Mass. Exodus: Is This the Beginning of the End for Common Assessment?

Massachusetts has announced that it will no longer participate in the PARCC assessments associated with Common Core. This seems like good news, but I'm not so sure it is.

September 21, 2015

Common Core Math: Are We Writing Checks We Can't Cash?

Did you hear the one about the dad who wrote a check to his child's school using "Common Core math"? Yeah, that happened. Is the joke on him, or on us?

September 10, 2015

Teacher Training Isn't Dumb; Teacher Training Policy Is

A recent New York Times op-ed suggests that teachers aren't dumb—their training is. I'd go a step further than that.

August 27, 2015

Careful How You Use Those Test Scores

Test scores will be (strategically) released soon in our neck of the woods, and we're already being warned about how bad they're going to be. Should parents be worried about the labels the state assigns to their kids based on these test scores, or is there something more to worry about?

June 24, 2015

Should Teachers Be Grading Common-Core Tests?

If the first things you think of when you think of scoring the tests associated with Common Core are cheeseburgers and Craigslist, then two things may be true about you: you have probably never been a teacher, and you probably work for Pearson. Why aren't teachers the ones grading Common Core exams?

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