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Posted June 20, 2019
Students taking a standardized test in the classroom.

If the College Board Is Going to Withhold Student SAT Scores, They Need to Hand Over Some Receipts

The College Board recently announced it will launch a new tool, an “adversity index,” which will help college admissions officers evaluate an applicant’s SAT score…

By Margaret Thornton

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Posted Sep. 5, 2018

Arne Duncan’s New Book Made Me Feel Awful But You Should Totally Read It

I just finished hate-reading Arne Duncan’s book, “How Schools Work.” I didn’t hate the book, but for so many reasons, I really hated reading it.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Aug. 7, 2018

Teachers, Can You Explain This Survey to Me? Because I’m Really Confused.

Dear Teachers, I just read some of the results of a survey and I’m confused. The good people over at Educators for Excellence asked a…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 1, 2018

Coffee Break: How Arthur VanderVeen Is Lighting a Spark Under PARCC

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, is a standardized test developed with federal funding to determine if students are meeting…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 1, 2018

Here’s the One Thing We Just Can’t Agree on When It Comes to Schools

Ask any parent and they’ll tell you they want their child to go to a good school. But ask them what makes a good school,…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 25, 2018

Does Standardized Testing Help Students?

Every state uses standardized tests to find out how students in public schools are doing. Federal law requires it. But why? And how do standardized…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

State Education Plans Should Be More Than Technical Exercises

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was a big win for states—shifting much of the authority for public education vision and goals from the federal…

By Jim Cowen

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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 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 Nov. 2, 2017

Chicago Isn’t Atlanta—Our Student Learning Gains Are Real and Lead the Nation

About a year ago, Stanford researcher Sean Reardon was digging deep into a 300-million-piece database he created, containing five years’ worth of state test scores…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 16, 2019

I Hate to Inform You, but Not Everyone Is Above Average in Wobegon

Wherever you live, there is a high probability that Minnesota is low-key superior to your state.  We are the safest state in America, we have…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 19, 2019

Black and Brown Students Can Learn, But You Have to Want to Teach Them

We complain about what’s wrong with the public education system all the time. Admittedly, I’m probably on the long list of tough critics.  Some of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 17, 2019

Teachers, If You Want a Say in What Happens at Your School, You Have to Speak Out

Welcome to a new school year! Amidst the busyness of planning and preparing, remember to take a step back and reflect on how you want…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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