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The Answer Sheet: May, 2013

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 05/31/2013

The way out of the black poverty cycle

The cycle of black poverty is driven by under-resourced schools and mass incarceration. Here's how to fix it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:02 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 05/31/2013

Jeb Bush's disdain for public education

It's always useful to know where other people are coming from so we can thank Jeb Bush for making it so easy to understand where he stands.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  He Doesn't Hide It, Jeb Bush, School Reformers

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 05/31/2013

Five ways to improve literacy learning (that work better than high-stakes tests)

Why the National Council of Teachers of English supports a moratorium on the high-stakes consequences of Common Core-aligned standardized tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core, Literacy, What Works and What Doesn't

Posted at 01:19 AM ET, 05/31/2013

Was the winning National Spelling Bee word too easy?

In some years, the winning word seemed a lot harder than the 2013 winner.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:19 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Could You Spell It?, Luck of the Word Draw, Spelling Bee

Posted at 09:52 PM ET, 05/30/2013

U-Va. astronomer wins $1 million 'Nobel of the East' Prize

He will share a $1 million prize.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:52 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Academic Prizes, The Shaw Prizes

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 05/30/2013

The toll high-stakes tests take on non-traditional learners (and their teachers)

This piece describes in painful detail how Virginia's high-stakes SOLs affect the non-traditional learners at a Charlottesville school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:01 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Painful Snapshot in Virginia, A Snapshot in Virginia

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

The biggest irony in Chicago's mass closing of schools

It goes back to the time of Arne Duncan's leadership of the Chicago school system.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Chicago Schools Closings, It's About Arne Duncan, Reform Strategies

Posted at 10:23 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Winning National Spelling Bee words (vivisepulture, guetapens, etc.)

Of course you can spell "chiaroscurist" but do you know what it means? That's the new task for Spelling Bee finalists.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:23 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Some Are Easier Than Others, Spelling Bee

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 05/29/2013

How school reform preserves the 'status quo' -- and what real change would look like

What the reforms are and aren't doing -- and what would really work to help improve schools and student achievement.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Prescription, School Reform

Posted at 04:03 AM ET, 05/29/2013

The bottom line on 'learning styles'

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham explains his thinking about whether and how learning styles theory should affect teaching.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:03 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Daniel Willingham, Learning Styles

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/28/2013

Ed school dean: Urban school reform is really about land development (not kids)

The dean of Howard University's School of Education takes a provocative look at what urban school reform is all about. It's not about schools and kids, she says.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Urban School Reform

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 05/28/2013

Why schools should stop using exit exams

Not only for students but to hold teachers and schools accountable too.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Contradicatory Policy, Exit Exams

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 05/27/2013

A quick Memorial Day quiz

How much do you know?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:42 PM ET, 05/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five Questions, Memorial Day

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 05/27/2013

What Obama said back then about standardized tests

What he promised in 2008. What he didn't deliver.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:28 AM ET, 05/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Look Back, President Obama

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 05/26/2013

Award-winning Virginia teacher: 'I can no longer cooperate' with testing regime

After 33 years of teaching, he writes, 'I have had enough" of the high-stakes testing obsession.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:03 AM ET, 05/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Resigning Four Years From Full Retirement, Teachers

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 05/26/2013

Why Memorial Day is confused with Veterans Day

The different history and intent of both holidays.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 05/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Both Honor Soldiers, Holidays, Memorial Day

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

Memorial Day in one big infographic

Everything you wanted to know about Memorial Day and more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:02 AM ET, 05/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facts and Figures, Holidays, Memorial Day

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 05/25/2013

Physical education should be a 'core' subject: Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine says this is necessary to help confront a "pandemic" of physical inactivity that has contributed to a critical national health challenge.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:15 PM ET, 05/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A 'Pandemic' of Physical Inactivity, Physical Education

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 05/25/2013

Why Minnesota governor vetoed Teach For America funding

Why, he asks, should a wealthy nonprofit get state funds? Good question.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:58 AM ET, 05/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  He Used To Be A Teacher, Teach for America

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Text: Obama's speech at U.S. Naval Academy graduation

The president talks about honor and courage -- and addresses a sexual assault scandal in the military.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:08 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'We Need Your Honor', President Obama

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 05/24/2013

A college graduation with 60 speakers

None of them can be long-winded.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:27 AM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  An Unusual Tradition, College Graduation

Posted at 09:37 PM ET, 05/23/2013

Teacher's resignation video: 'Everything I loved about teaching is extinct'

A veteran teacher eloquently explains how and why public education is on the wrong path.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:37 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'I Won't Go Into Their Cage', Teachers

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 05/23/2013

The Rev. John Thomas: No act of God caused Chicago schools closings

A reverend looks at what is really behind the decision by the Chicago Board of Education to go ahead with the largest mass closing of public schools in American history.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:54 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago School Closings, Largest Mass Closing in U.S. History, The Schools Are Gone Because....

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Superstar astrophysicist: Why 'Star Trek' beats 'Star Wars'

It's the physics.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:01 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Science Lesson, A Science Lesson -- With Video, Science

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

The billionaires lose one

Big money doesn't always win the day. At least it didn't in a school board race in Los Angeles.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reformer Loses L.A. School Board Vote, School Boards

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

The serious risks of rushing new teacher evaluation systems

Many policymakers say we must implement new systems now and fix design flaws later. They are wrong.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Details Matter, Teacher Evaluation

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 05/23/2013

NY principals: Why new Common Core tests failed

Principals detail the flaws of new high-stakes standardized tests in New York.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'We Are Concerned', Standardized Tests

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 05/22/2013

'It is harder for us to be nice to kids' -- departing veteran principal

After 21 years, a high school principal sends his final staff letter and looks back on his career.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:02 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Just Be Nice', Best Advice: 'Just Be Nice', Principals

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 05/22/2013

Jeb Bush's 'Chiefs for Change' attack Weingarten for something she didn't say

JEb Bush's "Chiefs for Change" attack AFT President Randi Weingarten for something she didn't say -- and she slaps them back.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:03 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Read the Dueling Letters, Testing Moratorium

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 05/22/2013

The college 'preparation gap' in a single graphic

There is a "large gap" between how high school teachers perceive their graduating students' readiness for college and what professors expect freshmen to know.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Readiness, It's Big

Posted at 02:01 AM ET, 05/22/2013

'It's just our job' -- teacher who saved students from tornado

A teacher at a school demolished by the Oklahoma tornado tells how she and other teachers saved students lives.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:01 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Closet, Put Kids in Bathrooms, Tornado

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 05/21/2013

Quiet protest staged at Teachers College graduation

Some students quietly protested the choice of speaker Teachers College. Here's why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:15 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Controversial Speaker, Teachers College

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 05/21/2013

Tornado survivor: Our teacher saved our lives

Tornado survivor: Our teacher saved our lives. Watch the video of the teacher/student reunion.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:01 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tornado, Two Videos

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 05/21/2013

Why ability grouping in schools is a mistake

Teaching to the presumed level of a whole class never works as well as hoped.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:02 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ability Grouping, On the Rise

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/21/2013

Has anybody told Obama about the problems his education policies have caused?

How much has the president been told by his aides about the serious problems his education reform policies have been causing public schools across the country?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  It's Hard To Know, President Obama

Posted at 04:05 AM ET, 05/21/2013

'I once thought Maryland was below me'

It's not all about STEM. A student gives a telling speech at the commencement ceremonies for the University of Maryland's English Department.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:05 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commencement Speech, Student Gives Commencement Speech

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Harvard students seek probe of controversial PhD thesis on Hispanics' IQ

Harvard University students delivered a petition to President Drew Faust demanding an investigation into how the school awarded a doctorate based on a dissertation that claimed that Hispanics are not as smart as whites.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:33 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Harvard University, immigration, Petition Given to President

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/20/2013

What's wrong with school 'choice'? Here's what.

The idea of giving students a choice of where to go school -- with public funds -- may sound good, but there are problems attached.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School choice, Vouchers

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/20/2013

Principal: Why our new educator evaluation system is unethical

The ethical standard by which each evaluation component should be judged -- and why New York's new educator assessment system violates it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Educator Evaluation, What Makes a Good School

Posted at 11:52 PM ET, 05/19/2013

Obama's commencement speech at Morehouse College -- text

"I will say it betrays a poverty of ambition if all you think about is what goods you can buy instead of what good you can do."

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:52 PM ET, 05/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'We Have Individual Responsibilities', President Obama

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 05/19/2013

Is it time to kiss Michelle Rhee goodbye?

A former superintendent thinks Michelle Rhee has run her course. Here's why he thinks so.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:32 PM ET, 05/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Here's Why, Larry Cuban Thinks So, Michelle Rhee

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 05/19/2013

Five of the best 2013 commencement speeches (so far)

Watch and read what they said.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 05/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commencement Speeches, Guess Who Made Jefferson Jokes

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 05/19/2013

How to take a test: 1956 short film

A blast from the past.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 05/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Once Upon a Time, Tests

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 05/18/2013

Fiery Chicago teachers union president reelected

Karen Lewis wins a new three-year term overwhelmingly.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:04 AM ET, 05/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago Teachers, Protests Beginning Today

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

Are school vouchers losing steam?

Vouchers have been at the center of the school choice movement for many reformers, but they may be in trouble.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 05/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charters Taking Precedent, School choice, Vouchers

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Three days of marches in Chicago to protest school closings

Three days of demonstrations to protest the closing of 54 schools in Chicago starts Saturday.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:31 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Protests Planned This Weekend, School Closures

Posted at 04:03 AM ET, 05/17/2013

The revolution is here

The revolution is against corporate-based education reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:03 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Against Corporate-Based Reform, School Reform

Posted at 12:37 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Obama tweet gets Australian researcher big attention

One tweet from President Obama is a gift to an Australian researcher on climate change.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:37 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Out of Our Expectations', President Obama

Posted at 11:22 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Americans: The world's sleepiest students

An analysis of data on sleepy students collected from countries around the world.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:22 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Instruction Affected, Sleep and School

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Infographic: A lesson on tornadoes

The damage done by tornadoes of different strengths.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:02 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Damage Done, Tornados

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 05/16/2013

What 'education influentials' think will -- and won't -- happen

Here's what Washington insiders are said to think about education policy.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:03 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 05/16/2013

Christian school: 'atheist controversy' over creationist quiz may keep academy open

The school where a 4th grade science creationist science quiz was given was on its way to closing -- until that quiz hit the Internet.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 05/16/2013

How to teach history (and how not to)

History is fascinating but too often kids find it boring in history class. Here's what to do about it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Making It Relevant, Teaching History

Posted at 03:02 AM ET, 05/16/2013

Seattle teachers boycotting test score a victory

Test scores will no longer be a graduation requirement.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:02 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Test, Test Revolt, The Fight Over MAP

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

School rankings: Why even the better ones are questionable

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

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

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 05/15/2013

Letter to Obama: We need data on 'highly qualified' teachers

A coalition of education organizations writes to Obama expressing concern about who the federal government considers as a 'highly qualified teacher."

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:10 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Highly Qualified Teachers, Teachers, Who Is and Who Isn't

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/15/2013

What if Finland's great teachers taught in U.S. schools?

Why the U.S. emphasis on "teacher effectiveness" won't by itself really improve schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  3 Fallacies of 'Teacher Effectiveness', Teacher Effectiveness, Teachers

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 05/15/2013

Why we need a moratorium on the high stakes of testing

Randi Weingarten just called for a moratorium on the high stakes attached to new Common Core-aligned standardized tests. Here's why we should do it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Testing, The Evidence For It

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 05/14/2013

The most important problem facing American children today

What is it? According to the Academic Pediatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is the effects on poverty on health and well being.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:21 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  According to, According to Chldhood Experts, According to Pediatrics Experts, Poverty

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 05/14/2013

New York high school changing Redskins nickname

A New York high school in Cooperstown -- home of the National Baseball Hall of Home -- is changing its sports nickname from the Redskins to the Hawkeyes.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:11 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Students Asked For Change, Washington Redskins

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Fourth-grade creationist science quiz: Dinosaurs lived millions of years ago -- False

Take a look at the questions and answers on this quiz.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Creationist Schools, Really

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Guess which public university president made the most money last year

Hint: He isn't president of that university anymore.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Presidential Compensation, You May Be Surprised

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Why recruiting top talent isn't the best way to reform schools

What's the most important factor for organizational success in today's knowledge-based economy?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, What Works

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Indiana halts Common Core implementation

Indiana is postponing implementation of the Common Core initiative so that there can be more discussion on the quality and impact of the standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards, New Hearings Ahead

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Insects — a new nutritious ingredient for school lunches?

A new U.N. report says insects are a good alternative to conventional foods and feed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:14 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Lunches, U.N. Report on Insect Eating

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 05/13/2013

The 21st century skill students most lack

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham identifies what he thinks is the 21st century skill that young people lack the most.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:32 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  21st Century Skills, This May Surprise You

Posted at 05:03 AM ET, 05/13/2013

Author reads with D.C. students, then writes about them

For the first time in the 24-year history of the PEN/Faulker program called Authors in Schools, a student asked an author to write a story about her and her classmates. He did.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:03 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Book Clubs, James Grady at McKinley Tech

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 05/13/2013

'The Giggler' -- a story by James Grady about students at a D.C. school

Here's an original short story written for and about students at McKinley Tech High School in D.C.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Read It, Short Story

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 05/13/2013

Why video cameras and teacher evaluation do not mix

Here's why one veteran educator thinks Bill Gates' plan to videotape teachers in their classrooms makes no sense.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Gates, Bill Gates' Big New Idea, Teacher Evaluation

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 05/12/2013

Five hysterical commencement speeches

A frog gave one of them.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:37 PM ET, 05/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commencement Speeches, Ellen, etc., Jon

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 05/12/2013

Another name for Ezra Klein's 501c4 list: Rhee's StudentsFirst

Why should Michelle Rhee get to push public policy through her tax-subsidized organization that receives private money from secret donors?

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:51 AM ET, 05/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michelle Rhee, StudentsFirst, Tax Dollars Subsidize Her Group

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 05/12/2013

Gates gives $150 million in grants for Common Core Standards

For a supposedly public initiative, the Common Core States Initiative has benefited enormously from the generosity of Bill and Melinda Gates.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:43 AM ET, 05/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Major Investment, Common Core State Standards, The List of Grants

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 05/11/2013

High school student tells off his teacher -- viral video

The following 90-second video was secretly recorded by a student at Duncanville High School in Texas as another student, Jeff Bliss, was telling off his world history teacher about the way she was teaching.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:01 PM ET, 05/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  In Texas, Teachers

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 05/11/2013

A major school reformer's 'Nixon goes to China' moment

A discussion on school reform in New York took a surprising turn when a reform heavyweight said, "We're losing the communications game because we don't have a good message to communicate."

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:34 AM ET, 05/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Paul Vallas, School Reform

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 05/11/2013

Hispanic high school graduates pass whites in college enrollment rate

A new analysis showd that Hispanic high school graduates have passed whites in the rate of college enrollment.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:33 AM ET, 05/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Enrollment, New Report

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 05/10/2013

'Yuck: A 4th Grader's Short Documentary About School Lunch'

A fourth grader secretly films what kids are being served in a New York City elementary school and makes an award-winning film about it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Lunch, Watch The Trailer

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 05/10/2013

Michigan parent to Arne Duncan: 'Our schools are at the breaking point'

An open letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Is This What Education Means?', Arne Duncan, School Reform

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 05/09/2013

The charter future of D.C. public schools

With one decision about one elementary school, D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is filling in the picture of the future for the city's long troubled school system.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:19 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chancellor's New Move, D.C. Public Schools

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Why Stephen Hawking made a mistake backing Israel boycott

Academic boycotts are, well, anti-academic.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:53 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Academic Boycotts, It's Anti-Academic

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Appreciating teachers (for a change)

Here are some thoughts through history about teachers and their impact, from Socrates to Jon Stewart.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:55 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Quotes Throughout History, Some Kind Words, Teachers

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Colleges, universities tighten security for graduation ceremonies

The Massachusetts university where one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects attended is restricting the number of people who can attend this weekend's graduation ceremonies.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston Marathon bombings, Reaction to Boston Marathon Bombings, School Security

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Poverty and student achievement: Are we comparing the wrong groups?

Many impoverished students succeed academically every day. Why do some make it and others don't?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Looking for Answers', Blaming The Parents?, Student Achievement and Poverty

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 05/09/2013

School district closes before academic year is over

Teachers offered to work for free but liability issues got in the way.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Financial Crisis, School District Closes, Teachers Vote to Work For Free

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 05/08/2013

Virginia second-graders suspended for pointing pencils at each other

Have you heard about the two 7- year-old boys who were suspended from school for pointing pencils at each other while making shooting sounds?

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:44 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Better Way to Handle It, School Discipline

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 05/08/2013

What one teacher wants for Teacher Appreciation Week

Guess.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  An Unorthodox Request, Teachers, The State of Things

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 05/08/2013

Eighth grader: What bothered me most about new Common Core test

A 14-year-old boy in New York details what he found so annoying about the new Common Core-aligned English test he and other students around the state just took.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Tests, Standardized Tests, Worse Than Pineapple Test

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Louisiana Supreme Court rules school voucher funding unconstitutional

The Supreme Court of Louisiana ruled today 6-1 that the way the state funds its school voucher program is unconstitutional.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:19 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public Money for Public Schools, School vouchers

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/07/2013

What schools need and what they don't need

What motivates students and teachers, and what kills motivation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  and Motivation killers, Motivation, Motivation and What Kills Motivation, Teachers

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 05/07/2013

Leave no unwealthy child behind

The relation between income and academic success cannot be comprehensively addressed through a childhood inoculation alone, the author argues.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Educational Equity, Educational Inequity

Posted at 09:47 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Gov. Christie teaches kids how to handle unwanted spiders: smush 'em

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:47 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gov. Chris Christie, Not Spiderman

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 05/06/2013

The problem with Pearson-designed tests that threatens thousands of scores

'It's testing season in New York, which can mean only one thing: It's open season on Pearson, the corporation everyone loves to hate. But this time, when they crossed a serious line, far too many state leaders and reformers are holding their fire.'

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:02 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Line Is Crossed, Standardized Tests

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/06/2013

Eighteen myths about education

More homework means more learning, and 17 others.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  An Infographic, Education Myths

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 05/06/2013

They made him take the test

Nobody in Florida with the power to do so stopped the state from forcing a 9-year-old boy named Michael, who was born with a brain stem but not a complete brain, from taking a standardized test.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Travesty, Standardized Tests

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 05/05/2013

'I dare you to do better' -- Obama's Ohio State commencement speech

President Obama tells Ohio State grads that even though key American institutions failed them, they should stay optimistic and work to improve the country's democratic experiment.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:12 PM ET, 05/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commencement Address, President Obama, Reject 'Creeping Cynicism', Text of Address

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 05/04/2013

Severe technical problems raise concerns over online tests

In several states online problems during test administration forced postponement and sparked new concerns about testing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:26 PM ET, 05/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 05/04/2013

School canceled for 'great weather'

Snow days are common, but a sun day?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:01 AM ET, 05/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Closed, Video

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 05/03/2013

Questions about the questions on new Common Core tests

Critics say there are problems with some of the questions on the new tests just given to students in New York.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:29 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Are They Clearly Written?, Common Core Tests, Try To Answer Two of Them

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 05/03/2013

More than 200 colleges, universities still accepting students for fall

Here are some of the college and universities still taking students for fall.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:44 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Across The Country, Admissions, College Admissions, In D.C., Maryland, Other States, Virginia

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/03/2013

"We're Number Umpteenth!": The myth of lagging U.S. schools

The premise that American students lag behind counterparts in other countries is so widely accepted that it's casually repeated by just about everyone -- including educators. Here's why it's wrong.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Comparisons

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 05/03/2013

Beyond the education wars: A case study in collaboration

Here's a look at how labor and management in one school district found a path to work together.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Book Excerpt, Collaboration

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Hospitalized 4th grader, hooked up to machines, asked to take standardized test

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

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:31 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  For Real, Standardized Tests

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Duke University quits elite online learning initiative

Duke University professors forced the school to quit an online learning initiative with other universities that will offer for-credit courses.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Online Learning, Professors Voted Against It, Voted Against Participation

Posted at 05:03 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Why collaboration is vital to creating effective schools

There's a big irony emerging from the ed wars between teachers unions and supporters of market-based reforms that rely heavily on motivating school personnel by threatening them.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:03 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Beyond The Education Wars, Effective Schools

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Grading writing: The art and science -- and why computers can't do it

Writing is a fundamental human act. What really goes into assessing it?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Quiz, First, Test Grading, Writing

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Duncan on testing: 'We can't throw the baby out with the bathwater'

Education Secretary Duncan addresses growing criticism about high-stakes testing in a speech to the American Educational Research Association.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:42 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Says He Agrees With Some Critics

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Does what happened in 2008 still matter in 2013?

Why should we keep trying to figure out what happened in D.C. Public Schools in 2008?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:16 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Schools, D.C. Schools and Cheating

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 05/01/2013

Walton Foundation giving $8 million to Rhee's StudentsFirst — plus 2012 donations

Who got big money from the Walton Family Foundation in 2012? Here's the list

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:09 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Private Money, The Billionaires Club

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 05/01/2013

Extreme Common Core rhetoric clouds serious debate -- update

There's a lot of extreme talk about Common Core being voiced, and it's a problem because it it is clouding serious-minded criticism about the standards initiative and its implementation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Clouds Serious Criticism, Common Core State Standards

 

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