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The Answer Sheet: April, 2013

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 04/30/2013

'Parent trigger' legislation fails in Florida Senate

For the second straight year, significant parent opposition to "parent trigger" legislation in Florida has led to defeat in the legislature.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:36 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Loss For Jeb Bush, Parent Trigger

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 04/30/2013

Not a word from Obama (or White House press corps) on education

What President Obama didn't talk about in his Tuesday news conference.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:44 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, Nada On Education, On Education, President Obama

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 04/30/2013

Top 10 wage-earning industries

Wondering what field you or your children should go into?

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:17 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jobs, Six-Figure Salaries

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 04/30/2013

AFT's Weingarten urges moratorium on high stakes linked to Common Core tests

AFT president Randi Weingarten says high-stakes tests are unfairly being given to students before teachers have had time to properly absorb and create curriculum around the Common Core standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:09 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Implementation Challenged, Common Core Standards, Randi Weingarten

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013

'Who allowed these big boys to go and play in education? Now the moms have to clean it up'

What started with eight women from Austin and suburban Houston is now a movement that spread across Texas and is challenging the standardized testing regime in the Lone Star State.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pushback on Testing, Standardized Testing

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013

Have standardized tests really helped kids learn more?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests, There's No Evidence It Has

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Georgia high school holds first integrated prom

A group of black and white students who were longtime friends pushed for the event and made it happen.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:43 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  After Students Push For It, Integration, Segregation

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 04/29/2013

The gap between school reform rhetoric and reality in 3 cities

Results for school reform in three major cities -- Washington D.C., New York City and Chicago -- have been less rosy than touted by reformers, a study shows.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 04/29/2013

Study: Preschool funding sees unprecedented single-year drop

Enrollment stalled and more programs saw a drop in quality than improvement along with the funding drop.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:53 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education, Nationwide

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/29/2013

StudentsFirst 'parent trigger' petition: Phony signatures?

Some folks say they don't know why their names are on the petition.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/28/2013

Obama's big second-term education problem

President Obama has something of a problem in his second term in terms of education policy: His first term.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:50 PM ET, 04/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, Education Reform, It's Duncan's Problem Too, President Obama

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 04/27/2013

A dozen things teachers won't tell parents (e.g., 'Kids dish on your secrets all the time')

What teachers would like to say to parents but don't: Please, no more mugs, frames, or stuffed animals, and a bunch more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:24 PM ET, 04/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers, We're Not Marriage Counselors

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 04/27/2013

A 'parent trigger' mystery solved in Florida

Who started a new pro parent trigger group and why did nobody take credit for it?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:07 AM ET, 04/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 04/27/2013

And now, Girl Scout badges aligned to Common Core standards

There's nothing, it seems, in this school reform era that you can't align with standards -- even Girl Scout badges.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:17 AM ET, 04/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core State Standards, From Cadettes to Ambassadors, From Daisies to Ambassadors

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 04/26/2013

The real problem in education: the 'opportunity gap'

'We have failed to build capacity or increase opportunities to learn.'

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:46 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Equity, The Issue of Equity

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 04/26/2013

A bad idea in D.C. on school reform -- and a sharp response (update)

The belief that this process should start with a team of lawyers and not end with one speaks to a fundamental missed opportunity.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:01 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Stop Hunting and Ask the Crowd', A Bad Idea, D.C. Public Schools, School Reform

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Why the public should see questions on new standardized tests

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  High Stakes, Standardized Tests

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013

AP program isn't all it's cracked up to be -- study

A new study from Stanford University that reviews research on the Advanced Placement program -- including about how much benefit students get from it when they reach college -- is not accurate.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement coureses

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Why famous dropouts aren't the best advocates for staying in school

Do kids really believe the message?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mark Wahlberg, Role Models

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Can computers really grade essay tests?

The National Council of Teachers of English say "no," even if there is new software that says "yes."

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Debate on Technology in Education, Technology in Education

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 04/25/2013

How arcane rules -- not student achievement -- drove No Child Left Behind

"Phrases such as 'we need to hold schools accountable' sound wonderful, but what really matters is how we do so."

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  No Child Left Behind, Unintended Consequences

Posted at 04:05 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Yet a new Pearson problem with testing

Here's an email from a doctor who ran into trouble with Pearson testing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:05 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Complaint, Pearson, Standardized Testing

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 04/24/2013

Students in D.C. region can't formally 'opt out' of standardized tests

Parents in some other states are formally "opting out" of high-stakes standardized tests and keeping their children at home on test days, but they can't in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:52 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movement Growing, Opt Out Movement, Standardized Tests

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/24/2013

How private money is driving public education policy

" I find the brazenness, arrogance, and disregard for public decision making of current philanthropic attempts to influence federal policy just as dangerous to democracy as the critics of the original foundations contended so vociferously 100 years ago."

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Brief History, Billionaires

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/24/2013

Is the Common Core Standards initiative in trouble?

Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently met with Chamber of Commerce leaders and urged them to be more vocal and forceful in defending the Common Core State Standards. Why?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core State Standards, Some States Reconsidering

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 04/24/2013

A brief history of Pearson's problems with testing

Over years, in different states and a U.S. territory.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Testing Errors

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 04/23/2013

The color of school closures

Who is most affected by public school closures in major cities?

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:33 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  An Infographic, School Closures

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 04/23/2013

A windfall for failing charter schools?

Lawmakers in Indiana are debating whether to forgive millions of dollars in loans that the state gave to charter schools that lost their charters because they were academically failing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:02 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools, Loan Forgiveness

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/23/2013

2013 National Teacher of Year: Public education not in crisis

The newly named Teacher of the Year, from Washington State, is not a big fan of all of President Obama's education policies.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Disagrees With Reformers on Evaluation, Teachers

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Parent trigger: Who's for it and who's against it tells the story

It's a powerful coalition of wealthy organizations against grassroots citizens organizations.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Parent Trigger, The Lineups

Posted at 04:03 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Standardized test questions kids have to answer that don't even count

Parents and students may not know this, but all of the questions kids have to answer on standardized tests don't actually count. Here's why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:03 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Field Test Questions, Field Testing, Standardized Tests

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 04/22/2013

2013 National Teacher of the Year named

Jeff Charbonneau, a high school science teacher from Zillah, Washington, was chosen as 2013 National Teacher of the Year.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:50 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  He Teaches Science, Teachers

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Obama hosts young inventors at 2013 White House Science Fair

Some 100 students from more than 40 states are attending the 2013 White House Science Fair, which began today with President Obama hosting the initiative designed to stress the importance of the STEM subjects.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:28 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Link To Watch It, STEM subjects, Stresses STEM Subjects, White House Science Fair, You Can Watch It

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 04/22/2013

School warns students: No test, no sports

How's this for twisting students' arms to take high-stakes standardized tests?

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:02 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Threat?, Standardized Tests

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/22/2013

What's wrong with this school language survey form?

Look at this Home Language Survey Form from D.C. Public Schools to parents. What's wrong with it?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Public Schools, DCPS Home Language Survey

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 04/22/2013

Pearson flubs test scoring for gifted-and-talented programs

Pearson, the world's largest education company, was just forced to apologize for making errors in its scoring of assessments for entry into gifted and talented programs in New York City public schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Company Apologizes, Standardized Tests

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 04/21/2013

Teacher: How my job went from great to infuriating

Here's a call for the end of high-stakes standardized tests from a teacher who chronicles how school reform forced him to change how he taught.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:16 PM ET, 04/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Effects of NCLB, No Child Left Behind, School Reform, Teachers, What School Reform Did

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 04/21/2013

Duncan spells out education agenda to Congress

Education Secretary Arne Duncan makes his case for education budget to congressional subcommittee. Here's his testimony.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:02 PM ET, 04/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Defending 2014 Budget Request, Education Budget

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 04/21/2013

The basic business principles school reformers ignore

How the Common Core State Standards initiative violates basic business principles

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:11 AM ET, 04/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards, They Violate Business Principles, Why Common Core is 'a mess'

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 04/20/2013

New standardized tests feature plugs for commercial products

And now, commercials on new high-stakes standardized tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:54 AM ET, 04/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests, Students Confused

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 04/20/2013

When it's not his children's school

A parent blasts Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his plan to close more than 50 public schools

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:46 AM ET, 04/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago School Closings, School Reform

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 04/19/2013

Boston suspect's university reopening Sunday (update)

Here are some of the unprecedented messages schools sent to their students to tell them not to go to class Friday.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:47 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston Marathon Bombingts, Closed

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 04/19/2013

Common Core Standards attacked by Republicans

Will new Republican efforts against on the Common Core State Standards destroy the bipartisanship that got them approved in more than 45 states?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core State Standards, Is Bipartisanship Over?

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Why I'm not writing (anything new) about Jay's High School Challenge Index this year

For lots of reasons. Here they are.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:13 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Challenge Index, He Just Published the 2013 List

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 04/18/2013

Gabby Giffords nails it on Senate's failure

So much for making children and schools safer.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:17 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Safety

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 04/18/2013

Virginia Tech, other colleges tightening security

Colleges and universities are tightening security around the country for big weekend sporting and other events in the wake of Monday's deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:32 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  At Big Events, Boston Marathon bombings, School Security

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/18/2013

School principals and the rhetoric of 'instructional leadership'

Today in the education world principals are supposed to be, above most everything else, "instructional leaders." What does that means, and is it accurate?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Role of Principals, What Research Shows

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 04/17/2013

There's a lot of 'acting' at U.S. Education Department

Nearly six months after the presidential election, the Education Department is still riddled with "acting" officials and Secretary Arne Duncan is losing key aides.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:53 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Duncan Losing Top Aides, Education Department

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/17/2013

Eighth grader designs standardized test that slams standardized tests

The reading passage starts: 'Dear New York State, I am not fond of your tests. They do not show you who I am, or who my teachers are....'

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reading Multiple Choice, Standardized Tests

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 04/17/2013

'Personalization' of learning: Genuine or slick marketing?

Is using technological tools to "personalize" student learning the real thing?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 08:20 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Boston University: Grad student killed, another injured in bombings

Boston University said today that one of the three people killed in Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon was a graduate student at the school, and another grad student was injured.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:20 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston Marathon Bombing, Offering Counseling Services to Students

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 04/16/2013

D.C. custodial staff were evaluated by student test scores. Really. (update)

How obsessive have school reformers been with linking student standardized test scores to the evaluations of adults in school buildings?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:58 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Public Schools, Evaluation, That's Not All

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 04/16/2013

How to talk to children about deadly Boston Marathon bombings

This is the third time in seven months that I am running this post. How parents and teachers can help young people cope with the horror of the Boston Marathon.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:17 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston Marathon bombings, For Parents and Teacherss

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013

Common Core testing begins in NY -- but are exams ready for prime time?

A testing expert explains why the new Common Core-aligned standardized tests that New York State students are starting to take are not really ready to be administered.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  No, Standardized Tests, Testing Expert Says

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013

Teacher: Yes, the testing culture does contribute to cheating

An award-winning elementary school teacher writes the third part in something of a debate on the Atlanta test cheating scandal and what/who is to blame when educators cheat on student standardized tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Environment Matters, Standardized Tests, Test Cheating

Posted at 09:47 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Why D.C. charter school is denied enrollment increase -- in 9 tweets

A D.C. charter school sought permission to hike enrollment for an unusual reason.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:47 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools, Unusual Reason

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Lawsuit: Stop evaluating teachers on test scores of students they never taught (2nd update)

A group of teachers and teachers unions are filing a lawsuit against Florida officials that challenges the state's educator evaluation system.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:29 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Makes No Sense, Standardized Tests

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 04/15/2013

A tweet that says it all

The effect of the test-based school reform in 26 words and an ampersand.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:20 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  About Test Obsession, Standardized Testing, Test Anxiety

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 04/15/2013

The right -- and wrong role -- for teachers

Put teachers in the right role and they can be effective. But even the best can't do much if they are in the wrong role.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:02 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Effectiveness, Teachers

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 04/15/2013

The problem with school superintendents

Two trends have characterized the urban school district superintendency in recent years, neither of them good.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Needed: Continuity, Not Change, School Superintendents

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 04/14/2013

How they cheated on D.C. tests: Excerpts from new report

How many ways did D.C. educators cheat on the 2102 high-stakes Comprehensive Assessment System tests given to students?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:12 PM ET, 04/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cheating on Tests, Multiple Ways, Standardized Tests

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 04/14/2013

Count the errors (update)

... in this D.C. Education Committee description of an upcoming hearing on test security.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:06 AM ET, 04/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, DC Council, Test Cheating

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 04/14/2013

Probe of past D.C. test cheating called 'impractical' (update)

The D.C. Council's Education Committee will discuss the standardized test cheating scandal at a previously scheduled hearing on Thursday that, ironically, was intended to be about about test security .

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:11 AM ET, 04/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Better Late Than Never, D.C. Schools, Michelle Rhee, Standardized Tests, Test Cheating

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 04/13/2013

Yes, Rhee saw the test cheating memo

Just to be clear, because some have wondered, Michelle Rhee, then the chancellor of D.C. public schools, did see the memo about test cheating.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:42 AM ET, 04/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cheating on Tests, If You Were Wondering

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/13/2013

Study: School reform in 3 major cities brings few benefits, some harm

A new study on the effects of corporate-based school reform in Washington D.C., New York City and concludes that little has been accomplished and some harm has been done to students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:35 AM ET, 04/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago, D.C., New York City, School Reform

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 04/13/2013

The think-like-a-Nazi school assignment (update)

A high school English teacher in Albany actually gave this persuasive writing assignment to students: "Argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!"

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:25 AM ET, 04/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Argue That Jews Are Evil', Bad Assignments

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Why not subpoena everyone in D.C. cheating scandal -- Rhee included? (update)

You don't investigate criminal activity by going in and asking, "Did you cheat? Are you sure you didn't cheat?" Everyone should have to testify under oath, including Michelle Rhee.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:16 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cheating on Tests, D.C. Schools, New Memo Surfaces

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/12/2013

NY's 2013 'High School Principal of Year' is fighting state over reform

New York State's new High School Principal of the Year is Carol Burris, a school leader in Long Island who has been a leader in a fight with state officials over reforms

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Opposes Test-Based Accountability, School Reform

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 04/12/2013

'Learning disabilities' movement turns 50

Fifty years ago the phrase "learning disabilities" was coined -- and a movement began.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Brief History, Learning Disabilities

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 04/11/2013

The test didn't make them cheat

A leading educator takes issue with Bill Ayers' post which said the road to the Atlanta cheating scandal "runs through the White House.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:02 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Response to Bill Ayers, Standardized Tests, Test Cheating

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Teacher: Why I won't quit despite 'inane' reform

A teacher explains why she won't give up the classroom even though many of her colleagues are.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Her Letter to Arne Duncan, School Reform, Teachers

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 04/11/2013

What teachers need and reformers ignore: time to collaborate

Darling-Hammond: The reform impulse that gave rise to construction of new learning standards and assessments will only work if we invest in the capacity of educators to work together effectively.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Linda Darling-Hammond, School Reform, Teachers

Posted at 01:25 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Ten things to know about Fairfax County's next schools chief

She was born and educated in Texas, plus more about Karen Garza.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:25 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fairfax County Schools, Her Background and Views

Posted at 07:46 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Reaction mixed in ed world to Obama budget proposal (update)

Some are applauding Obama's 2014 budget proposal, some are criticizing it and some are doing both.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:46 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Universal preschool: Important but no panacea

Increasing the number of youngsters in preschool is a good thing. But improving quality in programs is another, and the content and direction of preschools will be influenced by ideological fervor.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:47 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education, Preschool, Quality of Program Matters

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Obama's 2014 budget proposal on education

Obama pushes to expand preschool and do a college-version of Race to the Top: Here are details of the Obama 2014 budget proposal in regard to education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:16 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama budget, Push For Preschool

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Jon Stewart ridicules bill linking welfare to good grades

Jon Stewart takes aim at legislation in Tennessee to take away welfare payments from families whose kids don't do well.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:36 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Really Bad Idea, Jon Stewart

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 04/09/2013

How much do college students really drink?

After a false alarm at the University of Virginia that dorm rooms were being raided for alcohol, the question arises: How much do college kids really drink? Here is more than you may want to know about the subject.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:54 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Are Schools Swimming in Booze?, College Drinking

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 04/09/2013

Newark students stage walkout to protest budget cuts (update)

Newark students plan walkout to protest cuts, closings

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:01 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 AM ET, 04/09/2013

The absolute worst story (and video) about standardized testing

Here's a video about a boy born without most of his brain who is being forced to take a standardized test in Florida because the law requires it. Really.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:09 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boy With Partial Brain Forced to Take Test, Standardized Test

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 04/07/2013

Principal warns parents: 'Don't buy the bunk' about new Common Core tests

Parents will soon be told whether their children are "on the road" to college readiness based on cut scores on tests of the new Common Core standards. But there is no evidence the scores will have any meaning.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:47 PM ET, 04/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core State Standards, High-Stakes Tests, Questions About 'Cut Scores', Standardized Tests

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 04/07/2013

Mom: Why I won't let my son take high-stakes standardized test

" As test prep ramped up in February and March I had another revelation: Jacob does not love to read. Based on what he was bringing home from school, how could he? I realized that if I wanted to help him to love to read I had to take off the pressure that was coming from the PSSA."

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:04 PM ET, 04/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests, Tests Making Schools 'Worse'

Posted at 04:03 AM ET, 04/06/2013

Teacher's resignation letter: 'My profession no longer exists'

Increasingly teachers are speaking out against school reforms that they believe are demeaning their profession, and some are simply quitting because they have had enough.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:03 AM ET, 04/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Ill-Conceived Policies', Teachers

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 04/05/2013

Georgia students fight segregated proms

A group of black and white students who have been friends for years are fighting to end a whites-only prom at a Georgia high school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:10 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  in 2013, School Segregation, Yes

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 04/05/2013

Can we stop talking about who got into which college?

Here's a rant about the college admissions process -- and the intense discussion about who got accepted where.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Admissions, Tina Fey's Movie Isn't Helping

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

List of Maryland private schools getting publicly funded books, other materials

Some well-known private schools in Maryland are getting books and computers that are being paid for by public funds.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:19 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Private Schools

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 04/04/2013

Why renowned educators -- and new teachers -- are 'occupying' Ed Dept

Today teachers, students, parents, researchers and other activists are starting the second annual "Occupy the DOE" event on the grounds of the U.S. Education Department to protest corporate-based school reform. A new teacher explains why she is attending.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:32 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Teacher Explains Why She Is ATtending, School Reform

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 04/04/2013

An urban school district that works -- without miracles or Teach For America

To listen to some school reformers, you'd think there are no urban traditional public schools that are successful. Here's a different story, excerpted from David Kirp's new "Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System And A Strategy For America's Schools."

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Book Excerpt, Book Excerpt by David Kirp, School Reform

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 04/03/2013

Why is Maryland spending millions in public funds for private school books, computers?

There's an interesting item in the 2014 supplemental budget that Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has submitted: A request for $500,000 in "additional funds for non-public school textbooks." What is this all about?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:02 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maryland Schools, Other States Do It Too

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 04/03/2013

Following the school reform money

Just how well-coordinated and far-reaching is the intersection of school reform and politics?

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:01 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Intersection of Politics, It's Coordinated, Money in School Reform, Reform, School Reform

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 04/03/2013

The new kindergarten: Kids write 'informative' reports

Remember back in the olden days when kindergarteners used to be allowed to learn from playing? Look what they are doing now.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:05 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core, Curriculum, The Common Core

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/03/2013

Will charter schools survive the confusing charter movement?

America's education policies are brimming with contradiction, perhaps nowhere more than the charter movement.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Pogo Moment, Charter Schools

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 04/03/2013

Bill Ayers: Road to Atlanta cheating scandal 'runs right through White House'

Longtime educator Bill Ayers focuses on federal school reform policies that led to the Atlanta cheating scandal.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests, Test Cheating

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 04/02/2013

Why Common Core tests won't be what Arne Duncan promised

How much better will the next generation of standardized tests, aligned to the Common Core standards, really be?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:32 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  After $360 Million, Common Core Standards, Standardized Tests

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 04/02/2013

How to arm our schools

What is the best way to protect students at school?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:17 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Security, The Right Resources

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 04/02/2013

The new challenges of teaching

An education school dean writes: 'Our schools are no longer designed to produce educated citizens but rather places to produce test results.'

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teaching and Learning, The Impact of Testing

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 04/01/2013

King Kugel: An April Fools' history lesson

Back in1983, Boston University's public relations folks decided to have a little fun with April Fool's Day. Here's how the AP got duped.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:29 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  April Fool's Day, Did This Really Happen?, History

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 04/01/2013

Teach for America critics organizing 'resistance' at summit

A group of Teach For America alumni and students of TFA teachers who are critical of the organization are holding a summitt to organize against the organization.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:23 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Seek To Fight Group, Set For Summer, Teach for America

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 04/01/2013

Atlanta test cheating: Tip of the iceberg?

In the past four academic years, test cheating by adults has been confirmed in 37 states and Washington D.C. Atlanta may not have been the worst of it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  In 35 States and D.C., Test Cheating

 

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