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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 2, 2017

Want to Know If the New Standardized Tests Are Working? Ask the Students.

Few could deny the need for assessments in education. States use them for funding and accountability. Districts and parents use them for comparison. Administrators use…

By Allan Bruner

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Posted Mar. 1, 2017

How Computer-Based Assessments Empower Educators and Students

If you went through grade school in the last 40 years, chances are you remember filling in answer bubbles to columns of multiple choice items.…

By Nanda Krish

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Posted Jan. 13, 2017

The Case for Suburban Charter Schools

Tai Glenn still remembers the conflict that led her to switch her daughter from a traditional public school to a charter school seven years ago.…

By Nadra Kareem Nittle

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Posted Mar. 17, 2016

We’ve Seen Quite a Bit of Opt-Out Theatre, Now It’s Time for the Facts

At the Los Angeles Education Writers Association panel, opt-out advocate Bob Schaeffer waved a stack of papers and exclaimed the average student had to take…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Feb. 11, 2016

Let’s Just Take a Deep Breath Before We Run Away From New Standardized Tests

After four years and hundreds of millions of federal Race to the Top dollars spent creating the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and…

By Jessica Moore

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Posted Nov. 20, 2015

Colorado Board’s PARCC Discussion Veers Off Course

When a doctor says you have a health issue, you might get a second opinion, but when the second opinion confirms the original diagnosis, reasonable…

By Alan Gottlieb

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Posted Sep. 2, 2015

The Truth Is, the Achievement Gap Isn’t Only About Black and Latino Students

As Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced test scores trickle in, it is important to reflect on who is driving the conversation about student achievement. Historically, we…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Aug. 11, 2015

Connecticut Superintendent’s Argument Against Testing is Bogus

Here’s a challenge for Madison Superintendent Thomas Scarice: Find me the activist or politician who thinks a student’s ability to answer academic questions correctly on…

By Megan DeSombre

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Posted July 9, 2015

NEA Shows It’s Not Focused on Kids, Again

The U.S. Congress is seemingly close to reauthorizing ESEA, now called the Every Child Achieves Act. But the current proposal is overly deferential towards Tea…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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