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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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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 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 June 30, 2016

Turns Out Common Core Isn’t About Politics, It’s About Social Justice

If you selected 20 parent friends from across the country with diverse backgrounds, children of all ages and diverse educational levels and careers and asked…

By Victoria Clayton

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Posted Apr. 27, 2016

No, Those Tests Won’t Hurt You, But They Should Be Fewer and Fairer

Recently, I wrote about the value of the information parents receive when their kids take common—or standardized—assessments. But I know that leaves some parents wondering whether…

By Karin Chenoweth

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Posted Mar. 17, 2016

We’ve Seen Quite a Bit of Opt-Out Theatre, Now It’s Time for the Facts

At the Los Angeles Education Writers Association panel, opt-out advocate Bob Schaeffer waved a stack of papers and exclaimed the average student had to take…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Feb. 16, 2016

Now It’s Clear That Massachusetts Should Have Simply Kept PARCC

Hindsight is always 20/20, but Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang doesn’t need any since he and many others were right about PARCC all along. Chang was…

By Erika Sanzi

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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 Dec. 2, 2015

The New ESEA Will Help America’s High Achievers, But Only If States Rise to the Challenge

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization conferees delivered some good news for America’s high-achieving students last week. Absent further amending, the Every Student Succeeds…

By Brandon Wright

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Posted Nov. 12, 2015

The Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask About NAEP

For many parents, students and even teachers, the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) test is rather mysterious. The 2015 results were released last week,…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Sep. 21, 2020

Advocating for My Students Requires Being Political on My Own Time

With election season upon us, like clockwork, the collective efforts to stifle the political opinions of educators has begun. Navigating this climate requires a nuanced…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 17, 2020

Yes, White Teachers Still Need to Be Ready to Talk to Students About Race

“What’s the difference between a killing and a lynching?” The question popped up on my phone through the Google Hangouts app I installed in March.…

By Desiree Mitchel

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Posted Sep. 22, 2020

I Hope I Never Lose Another Student to Suicide

“I’m going to end it!” Unsure of what I heard, I questioned back, “End what?”  Her response was, “My life!” This brief encounter led to…

By Jill Miesner

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