High Standards

Posted Nov. 13, 2019

To See the Real Picture on NAEP, You Have to Know Where to Look

It would be all too easy to see the grim headlines about the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores as the whole…

By Julia Rafal-Baer

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Posted Oct. 2, 2019

Yes, You Can Give Teachers Challenging and Culturally Relevant Materials. Just Look at Chicago.

Two-thirds of Chicago’s teachers spend hours on the weekend scouring websites like Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers because they say they don’t have up-to-date, culturally…

By Leila Walsh

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Posted July 24, 2019

School Choice and High Standards Aren’t Enough, Here’s How We Focus on What Each Student Needs

On an early fall day a few years ago at a local playground, my friend Sarah and I watched as her three children reveled in…

By Ulcca Joshi Hansen, Ph.D., J.D.

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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 July 16, 2018

When Educators Act Like Gateways Rather Than Gatekeepers, Students Are More Likely to Get Through College

When I was in middle school, it was pretty clear what my teachers thought of me. I was placed in the slow track, literally named…

By Art Worrell

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Posted Dec. 1, 2017

True Confession: I Care About My Students’ Test Score. You Should Too.

I care about my students’ test scores. That sentiment is a bit taboo nowadays, especially in “progressive” and “liberal” circles, where I run. But it’s…

By Ryan Williams-Virden

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Posted July 28, 2017

I Thought I Suffered for Not Being Placed in ESL Classes, But I Was Wrong

At the age of 2, I left the United States to live in my parents’ native country, Guatemala. I completed my first two years of…

By Cynthia Lopez

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Posted Apr. 3, 2017

Is Trump Defunding the American Dream?

Education has always been one of the five core pillars of the American Dream, along with a decent job that can support a family, home…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 9, 2017

If We Don’t Believe Our Students Can Actually Achieve, Then What Are We Even Doing? Let’s Start There.

Many students growing up in the United States have historically encountered a pervasive message that their ability is fixed and will not change. That it…

By Jon Saphier

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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 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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