Honesty Gap

Posted Dec. 12, 2017

New Jersey Skated by for Years on Misleading Graduation Rates, But Now It’s Closing the ‘Honesty Gap’

Does it seem odd to you that we’re celebrating the fact that half of New Jersey’s third-graders are at or above grade level in language…

By Laura Waters

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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 Feb. 2, 2016

As the Dust Settles, Does Common Core Come Out on Top?

Last week, with relatively little coverage, two analyses were released that found the Common Core State Standards have had a profound national impact in raising…

By David Whitman

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Posted Nov. 18, 2015

Can the Truth About Testing Set Us Free?

As a fifth-grade teacher, I know testing is an important way to find out if our kids are on track. But the results can be…

By Jessica Moore

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Posted May 14, 2015

Where’s the Honesty in Testing? This Mom Wants the Truth

Every year, I would get the test results in the mail telling me my daughters “met state standards” on the required exams in Illinois for…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Apr. 22, 2019

Every Time I Think About Leaving the Classroom, My Students Remind Me Why I’m Here

Last week, teaching almost killed me. Again. I was driving home from work, having stayed later than typical for a meeting and some organizing. The…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 23, 2019

New EPA Proposal on Pollution Could Lead to More Students With Asthma Missing School

How could my students succeed if they were not able to come to class? It was a question I used to struggle with constantly. Prior…

By Kunal Sindhu

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Posted Apr. 19, 2019

Wealthy, White People Are Still in the Business of School Segregation

What’s causing school segregation? Some people say charter schools—I say it’s White people.   Before y’all get upset, I’m not saying it’s all White people—just…

By Tanesha Peeples

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