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Posted Nov. 13, 2020

The Epidemic We’re Not Talking About: Most High School Seniors Can’t Read or Do Math

The National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP)—nicknamed “America’s Report Card”—released their 12th grade scores at the end of October.  The horrifying results: Just 37% of 12th-graders reached or…

By Alina Adams

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Posted Aug. 17, 2020

We All Must Call Out Inequitable Grading Practices

Chicago students demonstrated extraordinary character and resilience during the pandemic crisis transitioning from traditional classroom learning experiences to remote learning practically overnight. Yet, resilience was…

By Tina Curry

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Posted Apr. 22, 2020

Teaching During COVID-19 Is Both a Gift and a Curse. Hear Me Out.

I took a course earlier this year called “Innovation in Education” and the first thing we all acknowledged was that education is the one industry…

By Casey M. Bethel

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Posted Apr. 9, 2020

Let’s Focus on What’s Best for Kids Instead of Replicating What’s Broken

When schools were suddenly closed last month, even as I worried for my students and their families, I was blown away by the teachers, families…

By Sara Urben

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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 Nov. 24, 2015

A New ESEA Could Allow States to Personalize Assessments to Match Students’ Learning

Typically state assessments don't include enough hard questions to challenge those students who may be ahead of their classmates in some subjects, but that could change if states take advantage of new leeway in the proposed compromise bill on ESEA reauthorization. Brandon Wright explains  on the Flypaper blog at Fordham Institute that a minor change in language provides states with new flexibility to use adaptive tests that offer a more…

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Posted Apr. 10, 2021

EXPLAINED: The American Rescue Plan Gives a Huge Boost to School Funding

What is the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021? You may have heard it as the “second big COVID stimulus,” but the actual name is…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Apr. 8, 2021

I Know What the Challenges Are for Black Teachers and How to Start Fixing Them

I will never forget the moment last year when a seventh-grade African American student came to my door and said, “Mr. Taylor, I just wanted…

By Aaron Taylor

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Posted Apr. 7, 2021

We Have No Idea What This Year Has Been Like for Our Kids

One year ago, my now-kindergartener left his bustling and diverse transitional kindergarten classroom with sensory learning areas designed for academic and social skills development to…

By Sonya Heisters

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