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Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 04/29/2014

The scary way Common Core test ‘cut scores’ are selected

The process determines how many kids pass and how many fail -- with no valid rationale.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:32 AM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 04/28/2014

Computer troubles mar standardized testing in multiple states

Not just one testing vendor had problems.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:08 PM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 04/28/2014

Louis C.K.: Common Core makes my kids cry

Not a joke.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:24 PM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 04/26/2014

Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.

This belongs in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:59 AM ET, 04/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kindergarten

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 04/25/2014

Oklahoma school district accepts Bible curriculum that says sinners must ‘suffer’ for disobeying God

It also says that some U2 songs are based on the Psalms.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:03 PM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Curriculum

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 04/25/2014

Does it pay to obsess on where your kid goes to school?

Parents who may be fretting the most about school quality have the least to worry about.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:30 PM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Private Schools

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 04/25/2014

Obama plans new regulation on colleges of education

It’s the second time the administration has tried to link federal aid to how well graduates of education colleges raise their students’ standardized test scores.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:27 AM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teacher Prep

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/25/2014

AFT asks Pearson to stop ‘gag order’ barring educators from talking about tests (update)

The order bars educators from talking publicly about what’s on the tests -- including mistakes.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tests

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 04/24/2014

Arne Duncan brings hammer down on Washington state, pulling its ‘No Child’ waiver

State loses its No Child Left Behind waiver because it didn’t do what Arne Duncan wanted.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:08 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  No Child Left Behind

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/24/2014

How, after 60 years, Brown v. Board of Education succeeded -- and didn’t

The Brown decision wiped out the “separate but equal” rule, but did its accomplish its main goal?

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Segregation

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 04/23/2014

How anxious are kids about taking standardized tests? This anxious.

Young people feel big pressure to do well on tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:16 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tests

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Parent to Obama: Let me tell you about the Common Core test Malia and Sasha don’t have to take but Eva does

An open letter to the president: ‘You don’t get a parent’s-eye view of the annual high-stakes tests taken by most of America’s children.’ So here it is.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:45 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tests

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Live online chat at 1 p.m. today

Here’s where to send in questions, comments, jokes or whatever.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:01 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Online Chat

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 04/22/2014

Here’s the very first SAT, from 1926. Can you pass it?

An editor of mine looked at it and said, ‘It’s hard.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:24 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  SAT

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 04/22/2014

What does the SAT measure? Aptitude? Achievement? Anything?

The ups and downs of the SAT.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:24 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  SAT

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 04/22/2014

A new setback for racial justice in college admissions

It ruled that Michigan’s ban on race-conscious college admissions is constitutional.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:17 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Justice

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 04/22/2014

11 problems created by the standardized testing obsession

A veteran teacher writes about the reality in schools today.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tests

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 04/21/2014

$100 million Gates-funded student data project ends in failure

Project officials blame critics.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Student Data

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 04/21/2014

How Bill Gates and fellow billionaires can actually help public education

This novel idea about how they can use their cash is as reasonable as anything reformers are doing now.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:21 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 04/21/2014

Actually, online skimming probably hasn’t affected serious reading after all

A cognitive scientist takes issue with a popular story about how online reading is affecting the human brain.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:22 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reading

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 04/21/2014

What teachers really want

A nationally representative survey of teachers tells us.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 04/20/2014

Who is mucking up science education?

Politicians or scientists?

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:16 PM ET, 04/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Science Education

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 04/20/2014

Blowing up Peeps: An experiment in thermodynamics

Watch the video.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:08 PM ET, 04/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Science

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/20/2014

A defense of public education against ‘the wolves of Wall Street’

A librarian explains why she is sick of assaults on public schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 04/19/2014

Clergy warn Christie: Your Newark school reform is a mess

A coalition of religious leaders oppose “One Newark“ plans.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:25 PM ET, 04/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/19/2014

Why community schools are part of the answer

What a veteran educator learned from a 17-year-old named Eddy about school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Schools

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 04/18/2014

Arne Duncan dismisses critics: ‘Lots of drama, lots of noise’

An award-winning principal explains why she thinks the state should ignore Duncan’s advice to stay the reform course.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:38 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014

The real meaning of diversity (beyond the Benetton ads)

It’s about ideas, not just race and gender.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Diversity

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 04/17/2014

The ‘new’ Graze to the Top program

Local School Council member writes satire piece about what it will take to make American schools better.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:55 PM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Race To The Top

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Seven things kids need to read better (and raising standards isn’t one of them)

Instead of just raising reading standards, can we ask first what our students need in order to meet those standards?

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Even the strongest relationships sour

Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, and John White, Louisiana’s education commissioner, were once a great school reform pair -- seemingly inseparable. Times have changed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014

What is the SAT good for?

The truth is that admissions offices don’t need the SAT, “old” or “new.“

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  SAT

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014

Students don’t need a ‘voice.’ Here’s what they really need.

When they say, ‘Let’s give students a voice,’ they mean, ‘let’s give them a seat at school board meetings.’ Not good enough.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Students

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 04/16/2014

Live online chat at 1 p.m. today

Send in questions, comments.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:39 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chat

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 04/15/2014

Testing resistance movement exploding around country

What testing reformers hope to accomplish.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 04/14/2014

Guess where Florida is field testing its new standardized tests? (Not Florida)

Put this in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:21 PM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tests

Posted at 06:59 AM ET, 04/14/2014

The big losers in NYC charter fight: students with disabilities

Why kids with disabilities have to move to make way for a charter school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:59 AM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 04/14/2014

Frequent school moves can harm children’s mental health -- study

Researchers say youngsters who move a lot may have an increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms by the preteen years.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Research

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 04/13/2014

Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method

The evidence against VAM is at this point overwhelming. The refusal of school reformers to acknowledge it is outrageous.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:12 PM ET, 04/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Assessment

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 04/13/2014

Where kids get suspended for not sitting up straight

That’s not all.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:16 PM ET, 04/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discipline

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 04/13/2014

‘We’re real parents in a real crisis’

Why parents are working to stop the spread of charter schools in Massachusetts.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:02 PM ET, 04/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/11/2014

The new school reform model: ‘dumping the losers’

That’s what the ‘portfolio model’ does.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 04/11/2014

An infuriating admission

What did New York education commissioner John King just say? And why does it sound like something Bill Gates said recently?

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:50 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/11/2014

‘We refuse’

Where opting out of standardized tests is the norm.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 04/11/2014

One unconventional factor to consider when choosing a college

Graduating from college with good grades may no longer be enough to get a job -- so students now choosing a college may want to consider this.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 04/10/2014

What does Jeb Bush call public schools? (Hint: not ‘public schools’)

School districts are not school districts. They are government-run monopolies run by unions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:18 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jeb Bush

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/10/2014

The problem with evidence-based education policy: the evidence

Politics trumps the evidence anyway when it comes to ed policy-making.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Research

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 04/09/2014

How ‘colorblind’ education reform policies actually ignore racial inequality

They aren’t really race-neutral.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:06 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 04/09/2014

An 8-year-old talks about test prep

‘I like school. I love school, but I just don’t like to test all the time.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:40 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Test Prep

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Live online education chat today

It’s at 1 p.m. EDT.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:09 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chat

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Colbert’s ‘Common Core Confusion’

Just watch the video.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:32 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core, Video

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/09/2014

It just keeps getting worse

Andrea Rediske writes open letter to U.S. Education Department about her effort to help families of children with severe disabilities.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Coalition of 114 education groups: Ryan 2015 budget would ‘devastate’ schools

The organizations say it will do irreparable harm to public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:09 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Funding

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/08/2014

‘Dear public school teachers: we are sorry’

An open letter from a New Jersey parent.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teaching

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Principals slam 2014 NY Common Core tests as badly designed

‘Frankly, many of us were disappointed by the design and quality of the tests.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  High-Stakes Tests

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Koch brothers help Kansas lawmakers strip teachers of tenure

Then the legislators talked about jewelry. Weird, right?

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tenure

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Ten concerns about the ‘let’s teach them grit’ fad

The making of another hyp

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Reform

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Chicago charters do no better than traditional public schools, new study finds

The results are especially interesting in light of the big push Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made to increase the number of charters.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:38 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charters

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Student to profs: Don’t force us to take tests online

Kendall Breitman explains why she prefers learning and being tested the old-fashioned way.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:54 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 04/07/2014

The one thing I sort of like about 2014 Most Challenging High Schools list

The new lists are out -- and so is my critique.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:01 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  High Schools

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/07/2014

Common Core test gives students no time to think -- teacher

Ninety minutes, six reading passages, 42 multiple-choice questions. Go!

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Tests

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 04/06/2014

How New York’s mayor got steamrolled by his own governor and charter lobby

The story explains the power -- and money behind -- the charter lobby.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:56 PM ET, 04/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 04/06/2014

Michelle Rhee still doesn’t get it

The former D.C. schools chancellor recently wrote an op-ed against opting out of standardized testing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:36 AM ET, 04/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michelle Rhee

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 04/05/2014

What Americans like best about their favorite teachers

It may surprise you.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 04/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, Teachers

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/05/2014

The federal government’s short attention span

Education policies exacerbate neighborhood inequality.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Inequality

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Teachers refuse to administer standardized tests

They refuse to give kids what they say is a useless standardized test.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:37 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Opt Out

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Student privacy activists win a big one

New York state is ending its relationship with a controversial $100 million student data collection project funded by the Gates Foundation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privacy

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Web site of anti-testing group is hacked

Who would do this?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 08:15 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Is testing taking over our schools? An entire faculty answers

Teachers say no.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:15 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Reader’s response: ‘We’re constantly having to remind the public about our humanity’

About the reaction to a post about the Ivy League and a boy who go in to all eight schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:51 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reaction

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/02/2014

Walton Foundation’s pours $164 million in 2013 education grants. Who won?

Teach For America, charter organizations and others.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Big Money

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/02/2014

Why the SAT drives us N.U.T.S.

There are four basic reasons.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Admissions Tests

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/02/2014

10 things wrong with what kids learn in school

The curriculum is the problem.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Curriculum

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 04/01/2014

Can we stop obsessing on the Ivy League?

There are plenty of great schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:32 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 04/01/2014

Did Matt Damon write this?

April Fool’s or for real?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:53 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  An Idea

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Case study: How politicians ignore parents on school reform

How New York Gov. Cuomo and the state legislature blew it on reform bill.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Comparing college costs: a primer

It’s easy to get it wrong. Here’s how to get it right.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College costs

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 03/31/2014

New Virginia education superintendent advocated for less testing

He led a drive to persuade school boards in the state to pass a resolution calling for less testing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:29 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Teacher: Over-tested zombies are invading my classroom

By the time this high school teacher meets her students, the Zombification is complete.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:06 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/31/2014

‘If only American teachers were smarter ’

Why the conventional wisdom about America’s teaching corps is wrong.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/30/2014

Are charter schools really better at keeping kids from dropping out?

Are they really better at it than traditional public schools? A look at the data.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 03/30/2014

Common Core backer: For public schools, it’s great. For my private school, not so much.

A Core advocate in Nashville pushes standards for public schools but not private academy she oversees.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:56 AM ET, 03/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/29/2014

Long ‘waiting list’ for Florida vouchers doesn’t actually exist

This belongs in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vouchers

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 03/29/2014

‘You can’t expect much success on standardized tests when students don’t even have basic supplies’ -- editorial

A big-city newspaper says parents are right to have their children opt out of standardized testing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:01 PM ET, 03/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/28/2014

The Koch brothers’ influence on college campus is spreading

A Center for Public Integrity analysis of Internal Revenue Service tax filings shows how much the Kochs are spending -- and where -- in higher education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:07 PM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Funding

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/28/2014

Muriel Bowser’s muddled message about D.C. schools

Why won’t she say flat out what her public education vision really is?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Schools

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014

March Madness: Millions of kids being used as Common Core testing guinea pigs

They are field-testing Common Core exams.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014

The 13-step college admissions process -- Onion-style

It’s funny.

By Jessica Stahl  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Satire

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 03/26/2014

The White House’s useless Race to the Top report

It doesn’t actually say much.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:36 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 03/26/2014

One more thing there isn’t time for in kindergarten anymore

It’s all work, work, work and no play.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:28 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014

College material or not: who should decide?

Should policymakers and school officials be allowed to track students?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tracking

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Arne Duncan heads to New Zealand, Hawaii with gaggle of staffers

Travel and hosts costs an estimated $67,000.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:39 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Resistance to standardized testing growing nationwide

It’s happening across the country.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:39 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014

The new extremists in education debate

They don’t believe public schools should be democratically governed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Governance

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014

Why teachers’ salaries should be doubled -- now

Should teachers make less than skycaps?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Ex-Yale president to head Coursera MOOC site

From the Ivy League to the online world.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:20 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MOOCs

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Jeb Bush: Common Core critics care too much about kids’ self-esteem

He keeps pushing the standards initiative.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:36 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/24/2014

The brainy questions on Finland’s only high-stakes standardized test

Now here’s a really serious college readiness exam.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tests

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/24/2014

Ravitch: The best reason to oppose the Common Core Standards

It’s not so much about the content but about how they were developed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 03/23/2014

Sen. Grassley seeking to defund Common Core in Congress

He tried unsuccessfully last year.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:56 PM ET, 03/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/23/2014

Kindergarten teacher: My job is now about tests and data -- not children. I quit.

‘ I reached the place ... where I began to feel I was part of a broken system that was causing damage to those very children I was there to serve.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kindergarten

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 03/22/2014

Things teachers learn in their first year

About their students and about themselves.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 PM ET, 03/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teaching

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 03/22/2014

A ‘Dear John’ letter to Florida -- from 2010 state Teacher of the Year

What prompted her to leave the Sunshine State.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:50 AM ET, 03/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Chicago students pulled out of class for questioning over test boycott

They were questioned about teachers boycott -- without parental permission.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:37 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Test Boycott

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Teachers: ‘sit and stare’ policy is ‘spiteful’

Some kids who opt out of high-stakes tests are being forced to sit and do nothing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:10 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  High-Stakes Tests

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Hillary and Jeb: Clinton to appear at Bush education conference

The two have shared a stage before.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:06 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bush and Clinton

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/21/2014

5 striking facts from new civil rights education data

Black preschoolers are suspended far more than other students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Equity

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014

A defense (of sorts) of the SAT

A college admissions counselor takes on the critics.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Admissions

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Weird list of topics ‘avoided’ on California high school exit exam

War. Junk food. Rats. Look at the list.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:23 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Censorship

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Who (Obama, Gates, etc.) is speaking at 2014 graduation ceremonies

President Obama is going to California.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:15 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 Commencement

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 03/20/2014

So how overblown were No. 1 Shanghai’s PISA results?

A new admission about how many Shanghai students participated in the 2012 PISA raises new questions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:50 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PISA

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Everybody else has seen this. It’s your turn

Watch the famous video on schools. Read the transcript.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Creativity

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 03/19/2014

A different way to give college admissions tests

It’s not the way the ACT and SAT are given.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:21 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 03/19/2014

School reformers love ‘choice,’ except when

Choice doesn’t look so good when parents want things reformers don’t like.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:19 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 11:04 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Florida moves toward school voucher expansion -- but with no accountability

What is good for traditional schools is apparently not good for private schools that accept students who pay tuition with public funds.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:04 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vouchers

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 03/18/2014

Russia’s plagiarism problem: Even Putin has done it!

President is hardly the only one in Russia, where many high-ranking officials have been caught using text without attribution.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:41 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Plagiarism

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/18/2014

50 myths and lies about public schools

A book separates fact from fiction in the public education debate.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Book Excerpt

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Wyoming is first state to officially reject new science standards

It seems the opposition was more about man-made climate change than evolution.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:31 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Science

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Billionaires are privatizing science too -- not just public education

Some are troubled that personal interests of private philanthropists are affecting pursuit of science.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:48 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Funding

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Are American students grossly unprepared for college?

What reformers say about college remediation -- and the truth.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  By The Numbers

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 03/16/2014

Parent to officials: ‘if you know it’s wrong but remain silent, you’re complicit in educational malpractice’

A parent writes a letter opting his children out of high-stakes testing in Massachusetts.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:30 PM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 03/16/2014

Town judge -- and ‘spiritual’ weight loss consultant -- elected to NY Regents

The legislators elected to the Board of Regents someone who didn’t have enough interest in education to be following the biggest education story in the state.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:44 PM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/16/2014

How three teachers are dealing with Common Core in class

What works and what doesn’t.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/15/2014

Teacher: What it feels like to be evaluated on test scores of students I don’t have

This teacher offers a better way to evaluate her work.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Assessment

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/15/2014

Ten clueless things people say to teachers -- and comebacks to throw right back

Like how easy their job is.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 03/14/2014

‘Sit and stare’ -- what some kids who opt out of tests are forced to do

It’s all about standardized tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:48 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/14/2014

Netflix’s Reed Hastings has a big idea: Kill elected school boards

There seems to be no end to the expertise that America’s billionaires possess and are happy to share with the rest of us about public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charters

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 03/14/2014

How ‘platooning’ and data walls are changing elementary school

Not in a good way.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Test Scores

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Homework hurts high-achieving students, study says

Researchers said too much homework leads to extra stress, physical problems and more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:55 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Homework

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/13/2014

How to make school important in places that it isn’t

It’s time to make room for local culture in K-12 education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Students

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/13/2014

The link between charter school expansion and increasing segregation

What a review of the relevant research reveals.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charters

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Video: Kids with severe disabilities taking mandatory standardized test

And then read a principal’s letter about why it is a travesty that these kids with severe disabilities have to take the test.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:29 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Why NYC mayor is getting unfairly bashed over charter schools

Let’s look at what actually happened when the mayor decided not to allow several charters to co-locate with traditional schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:15 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014

Why the Common Core flunks on civic education

Claims that it prepares students to be active citizens are exaggerated.

By  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014

D.C. school system’s gaping achievement gaps -- in seven graphs

Mayor Gray praised the rise in test scores in the city, but didn’t mention this.

By  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 03/11/2014

How billionaire-funded ‘ed reform’ groups push charters, vouchers

How much are they spending to win elections in states around the country?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:10 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Teachers union cites Common Core in decision to cut Gates funding

The union is the American Federation of Teachers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:20 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 03/11/2014

This took Teach For America 24 years to figure out?

TFA is experimenting with a one-year training program, rather than five weeks. What does this mean?

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:42 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/11/2014

13 ways high-stakes standardized tests hurt students

It’s the real March Madness

By  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/10/2014

The myth of Common Core equity

On the impact of Common Core testing on under-served communities.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 03/10/2014

Why the Obama administration should drop its college rating plan

Let’s count the reasons.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:05 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Ed

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 03/09/2014

A truly ugly standardized testing story

What one family went through to stop a state from giving a standardized test to their severely disabled son.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:54 PM ET, 03/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/09/2014

11 key questions on standardized testing for Congress to answer

Education activists call for congressional hearings on nation’s testing obsession.

By  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/09/2014

How to get kids from low-income families into the arts

A new study reveals the key factors.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arts Education

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 03/08/2014

Why bother teaching a severely brain-damaged boy? His mom explains.

‘I didn’t notice this; it took the insight and skill of a special education teacher to make the connection.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:03 AM ET, 03/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Special Ed

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 03/08/2014

The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning

How social emotional learning is being co-opted by ‘reformers.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 03/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 03/07/2014

Lupita’s Oscar used as marketing tool for IB school program

She attended an IB program in high school in Nairobi.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:09 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Achievement

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 03/07/2014

They still don’t get it: Obama’s new Race to the Top contest for ‘equity’

The irony behind the administration’s latest effort to achieve ‘educational equity.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:14 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 03/06/2014

‘The drive to test, test, and re-test’ leads famous school board member to quit

The veteran educator says he can ‘no longer recognize my profession.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:32 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teaching

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Why a ‘Student Privacy Bill of Rights’ is desperately needed

The risks to student privacy are growing as more information on young people is being collected and stored.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:31 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Grieving mom takes on state education commissioner over testing disabled students

A mom whose severely disabled son recently died responds to Florida’s education commissioner’s attack on testing critics.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:42 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 03/05/2014

The key problem the SAT changes won’t fix

It’s a good thing the essay is gone, but that doesn’t solve the real SAT problem.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:53 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Admissions Tests

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Parent to Obama: Why don’t private schools adopt your test-based school reforms?

A parent writes an open letter to the president inviting him to visit the local high school and see the consequences of his administration’s policies.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/05/2014

The false markets of market-based school reform

This isn’t market-based reform but rather policy preferences and market manipulation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 03/04/2014

Ravitch calls for congressional hearings on standardized testing, gets unexpected support

Diane Ravitch, head of Network for Public Education, stands in opposition to standardized tests created by No Child Left Behind.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:03 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/04/2014

A bizarre letter from Florida’s Education Department

It issues a letter attacking people asking for a change in testing policy for severely disabled students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 03/03/2014

What was on ’12 Years a Slave’ director Steve McQueen’s wrist on Oscar stage?

The wristband promotes public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:21 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public schools

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 03/03/2014

Why school isn’t for children anymore -- teacher

The Ohio teaching veteran says standardized testing has twisted public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 03/02/2014

Getting serious about sex education

It’s time to move away from abstinence-only curricula in schools that leaves kids at risk.

By Imelda Reyes  |  02:37 PM ET, 03/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Curriculum

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/02/2014

Your kid is being bullied at school -- but not in the way you think

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/01/2014

Why most professional development for teachers is useless

Most of it doesn’t work because it isn’t what teachers really need.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 02/28/2014

A video that shows why teachers are going out of their minds

A video that shows a professional development session for Chicago teachers that will make you cringe.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:53 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Winning videos from first White House Student Film Festival

Sixteen are being screened at the White House.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Why preschool critics are wrong

What the research really says.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Why NAEP isn’t really ‘the nation’s report card’

Its focus on math and reading exams have narrowed what it once was.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Accountability

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Gates Foundation opposes release of teachers’ VAM scores in Florida

Here’s why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:16 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Gov. Christie’s new crisis: Protests grow over state control of Newark schools

Christie’s appointed superintendent in Newark has become a chief target for critics.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Leadership

Posted at 03:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014

What D.C. schools are doing right and how to make it better

There is a lot to learn from the city’s successful pre-K program.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Chicago charter schools expel many more kids than district schools — new data

The difference is enormous.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:41 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charters

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Education reform and the corrosion of community responsibility

The ways in which we think and talk about education are changing -- and not for the better.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014

They were once teachers

Jon Hamm, Sting, Cheryl Crow, etc.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 02/25/2014

First black female Ole Miss student body president reacts to newest racial incident at university

‘Last week, I got a call that someone had hung a noose and a confederate flag around the James Meredith statute on campus. My heart dropped. I was in shock.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:30 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 02/25/2014

The most meaningless teacher evaluation exercise ever?

Again, Florida evaluates teachers on kids they didn’t teach. And it isn’t the only state that does this.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/25/2014

The forgotten factor in student achievement: the student

‘ The most important variable in student academic achievement is student academic work.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Achievement

Posted at 10:50 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Oscar-nominated ’12 Years a Slave’ to be distributed to high schools

The distribution will begin later this year.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:50 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Curriculum

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Class size matters a lot, research shows

Can we stop pretending it doesn’t?

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/24/2014

One way to help solve America’s major curriculum problem

Current controversial issues—standards, accountability, benchmarks, teacher quality, evaluation, Race to the Top—are sideshows to the real problem.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 02/23/2014

Why test-based school reform isn’t working -- by the numbers

What the data really shows.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 02/22/2014

You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.

You went to school and think you know. But you don’t.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 02/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Profession

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Study: High school grades best predictor of college success -- not SAT/ACT scores

Research was done on four-year colleges and universities that don’t require college admissions test scores.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:29 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Admissions

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Jon Stewart rips bill allowing teachers, parents to hit kids hard enough to bruise

You can’t make up this stuff.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:42 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Unbelievable

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014

How some school ‘data walls’ violate U.S. privacy law

The Education Department is planning to release new guidance on this issue.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FERPA

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Anti-testing groups form alliance to bring sanity to education policy

The coalition represents a maturing of the anti-testing movement.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Resistance

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014

A deeply misguided lawsuit about teachers and students

What Vergara v. California, a lawsuit challenging three components of teacher employment law in California, is really about.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Union Bashing

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 02/20/2014

True or false: Students can pray in public school any time they want

Efforts in Virginia to codify the right to pray in school ignore the fact that kids can already pray.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:54 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reality

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 02/20/2014

What if Google ran the college application process?

You know the process is crazy. Here’s a way to change it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:24 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/20/2014

#ResistTFA popular on Twitter

Student-led group pushing national campaign against Teach For America.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Text of U-Md. president’s letter about massive computer security breach

The letter details the breach of a database with 309,079 records from two University of Maryland campuses.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:47 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Security

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 02/19/2014

Mom to officials: Stop forcing severely disabled kids to take high-stakes tests

Andrea Rediske talks about her late son to the Florida Education Department and urges passage of proposed legislation helping disabled students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:16 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tests

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014

How children learn to read

What really works.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reading

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014

The science behind figure skating, the half pipe and other Olympic sports

Videos explain the engineering behind the half pipe, the physics behind figure skating, and more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  STEM

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/18/2014

Does Common Core’s focus on ‘close reading’ make sense?

Here’s an argument that it doesn’t.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standards

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/18/2014

Teacher to 3rd graders: I apologize for having to ‘quantify you with a number’

Teacher says she is sorry about the obsession with testing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Letter

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 02/17/2014

The 2014 Presidents’ Day quiz

How much do you know? How much don’t you know?

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:37 AM ET, 02/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/17/2014

Veteran teacher: I’m sick of being called ‘burned out’

After 20 years, ‘I feel that I am at the top of my game.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teaching

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 02/16/2014

Why Presidents’ Day is slightly strange

There are three main reasons: who exactly is being honored; what it actually is called; and even if there should be an apostrophe.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:13 PM ET, 02/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History Lesson

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 02/16/2014

Arne Duncan heads the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game class

He was MVP, with 20 points.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 02/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 02/15/2014

Look who’s advocating for public schools

It’s Sal Khan, founder of the online Khan Academy, a reformers’ favorite.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:01 PM ET, 02/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 02/14/2014

How ‘data walls’ in classrooms humiliate kids

Even very young children find their test scores on “data walls.“

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:33 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/14/2014

How investing in paste and crayons can help save Detroit and other big cities

It’s about early childhood education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pre-K