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Moving Beyond "Standard" In Our Schools

The only thing standardized testing accomplishes is producing standard students. The world needs exceptional students, not standard.

This thought has been on my mind all day. 852 more words

Life

Still Playing Catch Up...

I’ve made numerous overhauls to All Things Ennui over the past two weeks. Notably, I changed the Announcements to Shrug of Ennui and the Sociology category to In Real Life. 132 more words

Shrug Of Ennui

I heart A. S. King!

One of my big scores at the ALA conference was an arc of A. S. King’s new novel  I Crawl Through It.

This is what I will be up to today. 234 more words

YA Literature

War Report on Public Education

Listen to the an excellent show featuring folks who aren’t afraid to step on toes — James Avington Miller, Peggy Robertson, Mark Naison, Deborah Duncan Owens, and Jessie Turner.   6 more words

ESEA

Standardized history

Last week’s news included the U.S. Senate’s passage of a bill to revamp the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act. The new bill would allow for greater decision-making authority for states, but would continue the mandate for standardized testing. 929 more words

Education

2 Good Reasons Not to Endorse Senate’s ECAA: Standardized Tests and Charter Expansion

First, there is no language whatsoever that softens the blow of standardized testing for children.  None.  For children, all standardized tests are high stakes and, quite frankly, it doesn’t matter whether these tests are foisted on them by their state government or the federal government.   204 more words

Charter Schools

Assessing in Elementary schools - beyond Standardization.

In the last few years I have become more and more frustrated with the nature of Standardized assessments in Elementary schools. I understand all the arguments for why we need them. 177 more words