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Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Getting students to engage -- not just comply

A teacher explains why he prefers student engagement than student compliance, even if the former is less than the latter.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  How One Teacher Does It, Student Engagement

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Are teachers trying to turn creative kids into robots?

Is a push for student 'self-regulation' getting out of hand -- or not?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:46 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discipline, Does The 'Wild Child' Need Help?

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 06/16/2013

A must-watch video

Watch this video and think about the nightmare it is for many kids with disabilities to take standardized tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:14 AM ET, 06/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Autistic Child Does Homework, Autistic Child Struggles With Homework, Disabilities

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Sixty percent of adults who took standardized test bombed

The bottom line: Sixty percent bombed the test. Translation: Most adults who took a student standardized test pretty much flunked it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:23 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests, What Does This Mean For Kids?

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 01/26/2013

Teacher boycott of standardized test in Seattle spreads

A boycott of Washington state's mandated standardized test by teachers at a Seattle school is spreading to other schools and winning support across the country, including from the two largest teachers' unions, parents, researchers and education activists.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:39 AM ET, 01/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Does President Obama Know?, Garifled Teachers, Standardized Test Revolt, Standardized Tests

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Teacher may lose job over students with mouths taped shut

Some of you may remember when Michelle Rhee addressed a group of new teachers back in 2010 and disclosed that when she was a second-grade teacher at Baltimore's Harlem Park Elementary, her class-management skills were so bad that she taped the mouths of her students. The incident didn't have any effect on Rhee's career as an education reformer, but a teacher in Ohio isn't going to be so lucky.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:53 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Discipline, Teachers, Who Does That Sound Like?

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Michelle Rhee and the missing memo

There's a new twist in the story about whether or not there was cheating on standardized tests in D.C. public schools during the period when Michelle Rhee was chancellor.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:37 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michelle Rhee, Standardized Tests and Cheating, What Does It Say?

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 11/20/2010

Why teaching experience really matters

Bill Gates just urged school districts and states to stop rewarding teachers for their experience in the classroom and/or advanced education degrees. Arne Duncan makes the same argument. But evidence shows that teaching experience DOES matter.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:46 PM ET, 11/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  arne duncan, bill gates, class size, does experience matter, education department, education secretary duncan, lowering class size, raising class size, research on class size, research on teaching experience, school reform, schools, shankar blog, standardized tests, teacher experience, teacher pay, teacher quality, teacher salaries, teachers, teaching experience, value added

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 06/29/2010

New analysis of achievement gap: ½ x ½ = 1½

David Berliner, a prominent education researcher, writes about new data and analysis showing that when it comes to student achievement, family resources are important, school resources are important and the joint effect of the social and fiscal resources found in families and schools appears to be much greater than either alone.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 06/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  arizona state university, coleman report, coleman report and 1960s, david berliner, educational research, effects on student achievement, how much does school affect student achievement?, parental influence and student achievement, standard deviations

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/29/2010

What does being “college and career ready” mean?

It is one of President Obama’s key education reform goals: Ensuring that all students who graduate high school are “college and career ready” by 2020 is one of President Obama's key education reform goals. But what does that mean?

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  No Child Left Behind | Tags:  ESEA reauthorization, NCLB, Obama and education reform, college and career ready and obama, college and career ready,, what does "college and career ready mean"