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Thrill ride

Sept. 13: Stu just returned from his bout with the ACT. I asked him how it went. “It had its ups and downs,” he said. “Really big ups and really big downs. 64 more words

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Sept. 12: The bacon is purchased (see April 23 post). The calculator is charged. The pencils — shit, where are the pencils? Yes, Stu is retaking the ACT tomorrow. 485 more words

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Ontario to move standardized tests online, agency says

Ontario is moving its standardized tests online in an effort to better engage students who have grown up in a digital world.

The Education Quality and Accountability Office says it will be shifting toward computer-based testing over several years, starting in the 2015-16 school year. 104 more words


Saving time, managing time and one waste of time

Sept. 8: The college application news blitz is in full swing.

–Here’s U.S. News on time-saving strategies. I’ll save you some time: It says to do everything as early as possible. 189 more words

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Poll: Will You Opt-Out Your Child From Smarter Balanced Assessment Tests or PARCC? #netde #eduDE @KilroysDelaware @ed_in_de @BadassTeachersA

Parents have already done it, written a letter to their child’s school stating their child will not be taking the standardized test this school year.  Many are contemplating it.  29 more words

Smarter Balanced Assessment

NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia talks testing turkey with Obama.

New NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia.


A former elementary school teacher from Utah took the reins of the nation’s largest teachers union this week. 452 more words

Engaging the Education Wars

I recently had the opportunity to travel to China with a group of my graduate students. Before I left, numerous colleagues and friends asked me to “find out more” about how China “does” education so well. 903 more words