Heard during this week’s California Standards Test:
Student 1: This is easy.
Student 2: They want us to pass this year.
It sure seemed like it. Though my students still struggled with the English language test, unless I’m completely delusional (and I might be), the math test seemed [...]
Read this heartbreaking piece by Bárbara Renaud González about the a junior high in Texas and tell me standardized testing isn’t destroying this land.
There is no natural light inside the school, which has no windows. There’s a school cop who roams around with handcuffs and a [...]
I have been thinking about opting our child out of standardized testing when he starts taking them in second grade. Right now all I can do is admire the courage of other parents who have taken that step. Penn mom Michelle Gray found out that the only way [...]
Too much valuable instruction time is taken away from teaching meaningful tasks that could lead to more independent lives, the tests are not respectful of the students and they do not accurately reflect the goals of the students’ Individual Educational Plans, parents and educators said.
Neal Kingston, director of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, believes there’s a better way to evaluate what special-education students know, and don’t know. In October, the U.S. Department of Education awarded his center a $22 million grant – the largest in the university’s history – to develop a [...]
Should we fight for a one-on-one assistant for our son? The school district granted one two hours a day for his first month of kinder, but at an IEP last week, reduced those services to consultation two hours a month. My wife and I have been fighting this since February, arguing that [...]
As a public school teacher of over 25 years and the father of a six-year-old autistic boy, I am very concerned about the destruction of public education under the banner of reform. Neither charter schools nor merit pay have proven records and I am afraid that teaching to the test will be [...]
Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, reminded Mr. Duncan of that visit in asking about his school-turnaround strategies, given that the Hooper Bay school has been on the federal list of failing schools for years, she said.
Three of the administration’s four strategies would involve [...]
In the end, teachers must understand what is happening to teaching in this country and know what they can do to be a public intellectual assisting in the development of the nations next generation of active, democratic citizenry.
I came upon this novel take by Candace Cofield on the dangers of teaching to [...]
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