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The Answer Sheet: July, 2013

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 07/25/2013

How much time do school districts spend on standardized testing? This much.

The amount of lost instructional time is somewhat staggering.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:33 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Analysis, Standardized Testing

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/25/2013

The cost of child poverty: $500 billion a year

The U.S. has the second largest child-poverty among the 35 richest nations on Earth, it says. Only Romania's is worse.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Child Poverty, New Report on Poverty and Education

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 07/25/2013

Why the student loan compromise compromises students

The rates students and parents could end up paying are too high.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rates Tied to Markets, Student Loans

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 07/24/2013

New Common Core tests: Worth the price?

How much better will these tests really be? Here's the answer.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:52 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Tests, Some States Don't Think So

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 07/24/2013

A teacher gets depressed: a real story in comics

"There is an epidemic of teacher depression, demoralization and stress in this country, and for a while I was part of it," a teacher writes.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  An Unusual Post, School Reform, Teachers and Depression

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 07/23/2013

How Common Core could affect every state -- even those that reject it

Some students in every state will take high-stakes tests that are aligned to the Core.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:02 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  And Home-Schooled Students Too, Common Core State Standards, Home-Schooled Students Too

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 07/22/2013

What parents really think about school reform

A new poll shows that they want strong neighborhood schools. And more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:23 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Not Much, Parents, School Reform

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 07/22/2013

Weingarten: The promise of public education for all is 'under assault'

'Public education is under assault by those who want, for ideological reasons, to call one of America's great accomplishments—public education for all—a failure.'

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:01 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  By PEople in Education 'To Make A Buck', Randi Weingarten

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/22/2013

Teacher: Why the last school year was 'crushing'

A response to NYC Chancellor Dennis Wolcott's end-of-year letter.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Letter To The Chancellor, School Reform

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 07/22/2013

England vs Scotland: Competing school reform visions

Scotland and England assess the reasons for their educational problems differently, and come up with different solutions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International School Reform, What U.S. Can Learn

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 07/21/2013

E-mails show UNC changed report on academic fraud to keep NCAA away

The head of the Faculty Council asked for a change in a sentence in the report about how bogus classes were created to protect athletes, the emails show.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:37 AM ET, 07/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Academic Fraud, NCAA, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 07/21/2013

Finally, a film that celebrates public education

A film decidedly unlike 'Waiting for Superman.'

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:16 AM ET, 07/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Go Public', Public Education

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 07/20/2013

What House Republicans did right with the education bill

The House passes a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law with not a single Democratic vote.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:17 PM ET, 07/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  No Child Left Behind, No Much But Something

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 07/20/2013

So much for keeping cuts away from the classrooms

Chicago officials trying to close a big budget deficit are laying off some 2,100 people, including teachers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:25 PM ET, 07/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago Layoffs, Chicago Schools, So Much For Minimization.

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 07/19/2013

Florida's change to school rating system called 'scam'

Put this in the if-you-don't-like-the-rules-just-change-them category.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:58 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Mess, Grading Schools, School Reform

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 07/19/2013

Five basic lessons on public education (short and long versions)

These five lessons will help you in any discussion on public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, What A Teacher Learned

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 07/18/2013

Florida GOP lawmakers urge break with Common Core testing group

Are Republicans about to fight with other Republicans in Florida over the Common Core?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:37 PM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bad News for Jeb Bush, Common Core Tests

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 07/18/2013

Teacher: D.C. schools forcing 'us to swallow a magic pill'

The District

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:02 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Public Schools, Questions About New Ninth-Grade Academies

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 07/18/2013

Key questions begging for answers about school reform

Opponents of currently dominant education policies have a problem that proponents do not.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Moving Forward, School Reform

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 07/17/2013

E-mails reveal censorship efforts by Mitch Daniels as Indiana governor

Daniels has some explaining to do.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:10 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Censorship, Now He's Purdue's President

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 07/17/2013

'Stand Your Ground' group pushes privatization of public education

The conservative group has written scores of model education laws used in a number of states.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:52 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ALEC, Privatization

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/17/2013

A former Teach For America manager speaks out

A former TFAer details why she enthusiastically joined the organization as a corps member but left a well-paid job in the organization.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teach for America, Why She Became Disillusioned

Posted at 04:12 AM ET, 07/17/2013

A point no one has (apparently) made before

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham discusses in the following post a study that he says stunned him.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:12 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  And Why It Matters, Daniel Willingham, Even Though It Seems Obvious

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 07/16/2013

Gates Foundation responds to critical articles

The Gates Foundation says stories about how much influence Bill Gates wields in higher education "missed the big picture."

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:25 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gates Foundation, Gates' Influence in Higher Ed, Higher Education

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 07/16/2013

House legislation would slash education funding

A coalition of 112 national education associations and institutions is protesting the section of Republican-backed legislation in the House that would slash federal education funding.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:46 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 07/16/2013

Study: Most states don't score well on financial literacy

Here's how every state did on its commitment to financial literacy.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:59 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Financial Literacy, Virginia Gets an A; Maryland Gets a D

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 07/16/2013

The world's most famous teacher blasts school reform

The California teacher, known around the globe, talks to us about his new book of advice for rookie and veteran teachers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:01 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  His New Book, Rafe Esquith, Teachers

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 07/16/2013

Teachers or 'Quantitative Learning Gains Facilitators?'

Here are the competing narratives in the school reform debate. Pick the one that makes the most sense to you.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 07/15/2013

Teachers unions urge federal action against George Zimmerman

The presidents of the NEA and the AFT urge members to support petitions calling for federal involvement in the case.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:26 PM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trayvon Martin

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 07/15/2013

Bill Gates expands influence -- and money -- into higher education

For years Bill Gates has exercised extraordinary influence in shaping modern K-12 school reform. Now he's quietly doing it in higher education, the Chronicle of Higher Education reveals.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:55 PM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Gates, Chronicle of Higher Ed Expos

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 07/15/2013

The secret war on afterschool programs

The Obama administration has been diverting money from afterschool programs to help expand the school day. Here's why that's a problem.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:01 AM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afterschool Programs, Learning Opportunities, Learning Time, Real Learning Opportunities

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 07/15/2013

The 'educational' value of being born rich

Why current school reform efforts are doomed to fail.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 07/13/2013

How many 'nightmare' teachers are really out there?

And how do we know?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:43 AM ET, 07/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 07/13/2013

Those who can .

... and those who can't...

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:34 AM ET, 07/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Gates, Teachers, Teaching

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 07/12/2013

How mad are some teachers? This mad

Educators who are sick and tired of being blamed for whatever woes exist in the public education system have banded together in a group named to show their disgust and defiance.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers, Unusually Named Group Formed

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Did Arne Duncan rebrand 'no excuse' school reform?

Sick of hearing about 'no-excuse' school reform? Read this.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:17 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Approach, School Reform

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 07/10/2013

Teach For America critics gathering to organize resistance

It's the first ever national gathering of TFA critics. Here's what they plan to do.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:02 AM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago Summit, Teach for America

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 07/10/2013

Standardized testing scores the public never sees

D.C. public school students take a lot of standardized tests, but the scores, it turns out, are never released.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:01 AM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Scores Aren't Released, Standardized Testing

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 07/10/2013

The perfect summer read -- about reading

You can read it in one sitting.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Novella About The Queen, About Reading, Summer Reading

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 07/09/2013

Why schools aren't businesses: The blueberry story

How a corporate leader discovered schools shouldn't be run like businesses.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A CEO's Epiphany, School Reform

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 07/08/2013

Why MOOCS won't revolutionize higher ed

There are several big reasons MOOCs won't fully 'disrupt' higher ed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:17 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MOOCs, Online Education

Posted at 05:15 AM ET, 07/05/2013

Can you pass this 101-year-old test for 8th graders?

If you think it's easy, guess again.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:15 AM ET, 07/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  From Kentucky, Tests

Posted at 01:46 AM ET, 07/04/2013

Five things everybody should know about July 4th

What really happened in 1776 is not what you might think happened.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:46 AM ET, 07/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  American History

Posted at 04:56 AM ET, 07/03/2013

Arne Duncan praises, slaps charter schools

Text of Duncan's speech at charter school convention in Washington.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:56 AM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools, Talks About D.C. Charters

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Arne Duncan urged to intervene in Philadelphia school funding crisis

Randi Weingarten and Diane Ravitch ask Arne Duncan to do something to stop the decimation of public education in Philadelphia.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:55 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Philadelphia Schools, Ravitch Send Letter, Weingarten

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 07/01/2013

New York's graduation gap widens

What' the data really shows about New York's graduation gap.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Graduation Rates, What Officials Didn't Say

 

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