Posted Feb. 1, 2016

Gov. Snyder, Michigan Students Deserve Better

Ask anyone who has had a longer-than-five minute conversation with me: I love being from Michigan. We’ve got lakes for days, we’ve got the prettiest…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

What Proposed Changes to ESEA Mean for Students of Color

“There’s no use in passing a federal education bill if it’s not a civil rights bill.” —Sen. Chris Murphy Many of us can agree that…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Oct. 9, 2015

Carmel Martin Defends Common Core and Common Assessments

Common Core and its aligned assessments have been the target of much misinformation and more than its share of political manipulation. Carmel Martin of Center for American Progress recently pointed out a critical value of the Common Core (one that is often overlooked) in the U.S. News and World Report. This week, The New York Times published an article arguing that, even under the Common Core, Ohio has different standards for students to be…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Mar. 12, 2015

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Low-Income Kids Lose

Despite the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision that required education be “made available to all on equal terms,” low-income students at each Title…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted Jan. 26, 2015

Top 5 Reasons Sen. Alexander’s Draft Education Bill Fails Students

Chelsea Straus is a Policy Analyst for the Pre-K-12 Education Policy team at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Chelsea was an education policy…

By Chelsea Straus

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Posted Nov. 24, 2014

District-Union Collaboration on Common Core Curriculum Writing

When you look past the headlines and tune out the rhetoric, you can find encouraging work being done, collaboratively, on implementing the Common Core. Take…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Nov. 4, 2014

ICYMI: Smarter Balanced Releases Its ‘Stress Test’ Report

In case you missed it, Smarter Balanced recently released its recap of the consortium’s spring field test. The odds were against Smarter Balanced—“stress testing” a…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Oct. 16, 2014

New Data Spurs Call to Action on ‘Testing Overload’

Recent polls show that parents and educators are clearly concerned about too much test prep and overtesting; but one of the difficulties in addressing those…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Oct. 7, 2014

Great Expectations: Why Students Need a Teacher Who Believes They Can Achieve

If you needed more proof that the belief gap is real, a study this week from the Center for American Progress should settle it: The…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 26, 2014

Removing “Buzzwords” from Poll Questions Leads to Surprising Answers

Turns out, it does matter how you ask the question. Teachers know that asking simple recall or yes/no questions stimulates different responses than asking students…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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