Assessments

Posted Sep. 20, 2019

The First Weeks of School Matter for Your Child. Here’s How to Get It Right.

The back to school season is now in full swing. This time of year often causes a jumble of excitement and nerves for both students…

By Andrew Campanella

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Posted Nov. 15, 2018

How Kentucky’s Superintendent of the Year Got Autonomous Schools to Adopt the Same Curriculum

Understanding that the content we put in front of children matters, 50CAN, a nonprofit network of citizen advocates, recently held a session on the importance…

By Leila Walsh

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Posted Sep. 14, 2017

When ‘Good Enough’ Isn’t Good Enough at All for Our Students of Color

But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost… —Luke 14:28 The first…

By Josh Parker

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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 July 20, 2016

What Does It Mean to Be in a ‘Good’ School Versus a ‘Bad’ One?

Five years ago, I left a failing school. Having taught in struggling schools for my entire career, the choice was difficult because I left a…

By Ashley Lamb-Sinclair

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Posted Feb. 9, 2016

Another State Makes the SAT Free and I’m Proud to Say It’s Mine

One of the most universally persistent challenges in education today is ensuring that access to college is equitable and within reach for all students. In…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 7, 2016

We Have the Test Scores, Now What?

When I picked my daughter up from school that day, her usual, gleeful “Hi Mommy” did not enter the car. Instead I was greeted by…

By Monica Lewis

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Posted Sep. 24, 2015

Connecticut Students Will Get There, Just Give Them Time

Connecticut students didn’t do very well on a new and harder test and that’s okay. In fact, it would be strange if they had knocked it…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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