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Working notes: What the heck are standards?

This week, as I begin to draft my dissertation’s first chapter, I’ve been trying to take fuzzy, abstract concepts about standardized testing and make them…well, less dry and boring. 830 more words


The Walking Man – Dr. Jesse Turner – “An Ode to Education”

Jo Lieb is an English teacher, writer, poet and public education advocate.  Jo Lieb’s blog is called Poetic Justice.  Today Poetic Justice features a guest post from Dr. 652 more words

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My Sons and Their Teachers Deserve Better: An Open Letter to School & District Administrators

January 25th, 2015

Dear Berea School Board Members, Superintendent Sheppard, & Principal Grimm,

My sons have been in Berea City Schools since we moved here almost 15 years ago. 1,592 more words


Funny How I Spent My Saturday Snow Day - Writing a Letter To Our Federal Government In Opposition of Their Proposal

Bryan Ripley Crandall has taught in public schools and at the college level.  His blog can be found at: Cracking Up Candall 

Yesterday, I participated in the democracy that I’ve grown to love. 881 more words

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To The Study Commission: Hands Off Our Public Schools

Melissa Katz

The College of New Jersey

Study Commission on the Use of Student Assessments in New Jersey Public Testimony

Good afternoon and thank you for the opportunity to speak. 2,726 more words

Confession of a Standardized Test Proctor

From educator, activist and education blogger Steven Singer (https://gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com)

Confession of a Standardized Test Proctor

Hello. My name is Steven.


And I’m a standardized test proctor. 1,922 more words

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From Paul Thomas at https://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com

For Education Week‘s Quality Counts 2015, Christina A. Samuels opens a piece on early reading with the following:

Children who are not reading proficiently by 3rd grade are widely seen as being in academic crisis.

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