The Answer Sheet: The Problems


Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Superintendent: State’s reform strategy is to throw darts and see what sticks

A schools chief explains why he signed a protest against Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:42 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Problems In Tennessee, Tennessee Schools

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Teachers: Why so many kids are flunking final exams in Montgomery County

"These problems are not primarily caused by the students, the families or the teachers. The failure rates are the result of policies that have been in place for many years."

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Final Exams, Montgomery County Public Schools, Systemic Problems Cited

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/15/2013

School rankings: Why even the better ones are questionable

Here are some of the serious problems affecting even the better school rankings.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Rankings, The Problems

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Common Core supporter: 'I see the opportunity being squandered'

A strong supporter of the Common Core says the implementation of the initiative is in trouble.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:01 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core State Standards, Implementation Problems

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Moco schools chief calls for three-year moratorium on standardized testing

Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua Starr, solidifying his role as a prominent critic of President Obama's education policies, says the country needs a three-year moratorium on standardized testing and needs to "stop the insanity" of evaluating teachers according to student test scores because it is based on "bad science."

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:35 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Montgomery County Schools, Problems With Reform, School Reform

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 11/23/2012

SAT Problem of the Day' gives wrong answer

The College Board's SAT "Problem of the Day" is supposed to be helpful -- but that's hard when it cites the wrong answer.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:55 PM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bad Math?, SAT; SAT math problems

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 07/15/2010

Florida's FCAT scandal -- the next chapter

Let’s go to Florida for the latest entry in the category of “you can’t make up this stuff.” Here's the latest twist in the scandal over the state's 2010 standardized test scores.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:02 AM ET, 07/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Standardized Tests | Tags:  FCAT, eric smith, florida comprehensive assessment test, florida education department, ncs pearson, pearson and fcats, problems with fcats, standardized tests

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 07/13/2010

Florida standardized test results challenged

Six of Florida's largest counties formally protest the results of the state's 2010 standardized test.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:02 PM ET, 07/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Standardized Tests | Tags:  FCAT, FCAT scores and anomalies, challenge to FCAT scores, problems with FCAT, standardized tests in florida

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 06/07/2010

Standardized testing follies in Florida

A major testing company is having myriad problems scoring the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests, just one more reason that standardized tests should not be used for high-stakes decisions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:15 PM ET, 06/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Standardized Tests | Tags:  FCAT problems, florida comprehensive assessment tests, pearson and FCAT, pearson and testing, problems scoring FCAT, standardized testing, standardized tests and florida, the miami herald and testing