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The Pressure is on for Third Graders

The idea of summer school sounds like a life sentence to many third grade students, but what if that was the answer to America’s illiteracy issues? 381 more words

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Do Standardized Test Really Benefit Our Children

It is sometimes believed that publishing the results of standardized tests has a value for the public. Have you ever heard of a parent or teacher express concerns about the comparative scores? 279 more words

Arne Duncan Kicks the Education Can Down the Road: NCLB Waivers for 3-4 Years!

Arne Duncan will allow states to apply for No Child Left Behind waivers shortly that will remain in place for three or four years.  Of course, in order to receive a waiver, states are required to implement Race to the Top policies such as college and career ready standards (CCSS or a mirror image) and teacher evaluation systems largely based on student test scores. 269 more words

Corporate Education Reform

Why Lunch and Recess Matters

This post was written by a parent with two students in the Seattle Public School system:

Turns out the personal really is political – at least for me. 608 more words

A Better Way

The High Cost of High Stakes Tests

“ …  It is a great and more serious evil, by too frequent and too numerous examinations, so to magnify their importance that students come to regard them not as a means in education but as the final purpose, the ultimate goal.   774 more words

High Stakes Tests

Assaying the essay

T-minus 11 days (after adjusting for Thanksgiving): As I wait for Stu to finish his second draft, I try to comfort myself with this New Republic story… 311 more words

High School

So Long, MEAP! New Standardized Statewide Student Test Announced

LANSING (WWJ/AP) – State education officials have updated standardized testing for public school students across Michigan.

Details of the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, known as M-STEP, were announced Thursday. 243 more words

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