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The Answer Sheet: August, 2013

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 08/31/2013

A quiz on America’s core curriculum

Decide for yourself if the familiar core curriculum is so problem-free it’s appropriate to standardize it with the Common Core State Standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:32 PM ET, 08/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Curriculum, Test Yourself

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 08/30/2013

What would Michelle Obama think about this?

You've got to wonder about a school system that institutes a new requirement that violates its own wellness policy.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:04 PM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Schools, Limited Recess in D.C. Schools

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 08/30/2013

How much ‘value’ can teachers really add to student achievement?

The problem with teacher evaluation systems that ignore the reality of classrooms.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:42 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers, Value Added Methods, What They Can And Can't Do

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 08/30/2013

How to ace an exam without taking it

Her professor was an unusual sort, apparently.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:02 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Don't Try This

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Report: Public schools more segregated now than 40 years ago

'When did test scores become the civil rights issue of our time?'

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:50 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Equity in Education, School Segregation

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/29/2013

How Teach For America recruits get preference for teaching jobs

See who wins, loses and makes money from the hiring of TFA corp members in Bridgeport.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 08/29/2013

Five bad education assumptions the media keeps recycling

Here's how and why it keeps happening.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  On Ripley's New 'Smartest Kids' Book, School Reform

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 08/28/2013

Did Bill Clinton smack critics of school reform in March on Washington speech?

You decide. Here's what he said.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:20 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Clinton, Just Asking, School Reform

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013

The most ridiculous ed idea of the week (so far) -- update

It's about the Common Core State Standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core State Standards, From Florida, It's Pretty Ridiculous

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Twerk, MOOC, girl crush -- words added to Oxford Dictionaries Online

There's also geek chic, selfie, blondie, and plenty more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Complete List, Dictionary Words, New Vocabulary List

Posted at 04:10 AM ET, 08/28/2013

School reform: The problems -- and some solutions

Here's a Q

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:10 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Public Education Under Siege', School Reform

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 08/27/2013

‘I Have a Dream’ speech still private property

Who owns it and why it costs money to hear the entire speech.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:52 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  I Have A Dream, King Family Owns It

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Study techniques that work -- and (surprisingly) don't

Is cramming before a test better than not studying at all? Is underlining material a good way to retain information? The answers may surprise you.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:29 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Educational Research, Not So Much, Rereading, Study Skills

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 08/27/2013

How the public is deceived about 'highly qualified teachers'

The federal government is continuing to support a practice of putting the least-prepared teachers in the highest need classrooms -

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:01 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  By Politicians and School Reformers, Teachers

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Microsoft's lesson on what not to do with teachers

A management practice at Microsoft harmed the corporate culture -- but that didn't stop Gates from applying it to schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:04 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Stack Ranking', Bill Gates

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 08/26/2013

Arne Duncan's endless supply of 'game changers'

If he has said it once, he's said it a thousand times.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:02 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, His Favorite Phrase

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 08/25/2013

Teacher: It's not enough to 'just' teach anymore

' And so I started to understand that my students needed a big sister in the classroom, but they needed an activist on their behalf outside of the classroom.'

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:01 AM ET, 08/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Becoming An Activist, Chicago Teachers

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 08/23/2013

Can we stop asking what Martin Luther King Jr. would do?

Historian Taylor Branch answers the question.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:59 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Martin Luther King, Who Really Knows?

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 08/23/2013

Editor's note

A blog post mistakenly cross-posted from Post Politics has been removed.

By Washington Post editors  |  12:45 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/23/2013

'Perfect storm' threatens Philadelphia schools

No funding formula + underfunding + massive charter and non-public expansion + experimental "reform" = Philadelphia schools crisis today.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Parent Speaks Out, Philadelphia Schools

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Six ways the arts help prepare kids to succeed in life

They are basic skills, like effective communication, finding solutions to challenges, and more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Arts, Why Arts Education Matters

Posted at 12:29 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Transcript: Obama's remarks on college affordability plan

Obama announces his plan to rate colleges based on certain metrics and link financial aid to the ratings.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:29 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Affordability, In Buffalo, N.Y, President Obama

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 08/22/2013

D.C. charter schools to give standardized tests to young children

D.C. public charter schools will soon be giving new standardized tests to very young children -- aged 3, 4 and 5 -- for high-stakes purposes.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools, High-Stakes Purposes, Standardized Tests

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 08/21/2013

Poll: Most Americans sick of high-stakes standardized tests

This is the latest, and best known, of the recent polls on public education that have had conflicting responses.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:47 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  All Polls Are Not Alike, Education Polls, Standardized Testing

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/21/2013

How Common Core Standards will succeed -- even if they don't

What, exactly, is the meaning of success when it comes to the Common Core?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards, It's A Good Trick, It's All In The Appearance

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 08/21/2013

How the 'reading wars' are being reignited

Here we go again.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/20/2013

Student test scores now linked to teachers' licenses

Reformers find a new way to misuse student standardized test scores.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Stakes Than Ever, Standardized Tests

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 08/20/2013

How distracting are laptops in class?

More than you might think, according to new research. Daniel Willingham discusses.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Educational Research, Educational Technology, How Distracting Are They?

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 08/19/2013

What we know about schools -- but choose to ignore

There is evidence about what does and doesn't work, but it doesn't seem to matter to school reformers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:32 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 08/19/2013

Why teachers feel so alone

It's not really about the coffee.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:01 AM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  An Isolating Profession, Teachers

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 08/19/2013

What's the 'most pernicious clich of our time'?

Here are a couple options.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  It's About Education, School Reform

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 08/17/2013

Maryland university buying bulletproof whiteboards

It's a new take on school security.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:58 AM ET, 08/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Take on School Security, New Take on School Security, School Security, Sign Of The Times

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 08/16/2013

The big problem with new evaluations of teacher prep programs

Buried in small type the fact that some of the data isn't actually all that trustworthy.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:25 PM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bad Data, Teacher Preparation Programs

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 08/16/2013

How students are being set up to fail

Here's who is doing it -- and why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Testing Nightmare, School Reform

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 08/15/2013

Teach For America's 'dirty little secret'

A look at TFA's five-week summer institute reveals things about its teacher prep that may surprise reformers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:16 AM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  About Teacher Prep, Teach for America

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 08/13/2013

Stephen Colbert adds new subject to science education

How about astrology?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:50 AM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen Colbert, TAKE A BREAK AND LAUGH

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013

Literacy experts say reformers reviving 'reading wars'

Renowned literacy experts take issue with a recent report on the quality of teacher education programs.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Critique of Ed School Ratings, Literacy Education, Reading

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 08/12/2013

How come officials could predict new test score results?

Are "cut scores" are set to get specific results? Here's a primer.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:50 AM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cut Scores, How 'The Magic' Works, Standardized Tests, You May Be Surprised

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 08/12/2013

What is learning, exactly?

Is the possession of knowledge synonymous with learning?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Learning, Or Is It Something Else?

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 08/11/2013

Teacher who left: Why I am returning to school

The teacher who left the classroom and warned college professors about today's No Child Left Behind generation explains why he is going back.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:32 AM ET, 08/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Author Of Warning To Profs, Teachers

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 08/10/2013

Why we can't all get along over school reform

In democratic public life, what significant change has ever come without friction?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:34 PM ET, 08/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  More Tension Needed, School Reform

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 08/09/2013

Jeb Bush's witless attack on Matt Damon

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

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Twitter Attack, Jeb Bush, Matt Damon

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

Gates pours millions in new grants to change teaching profession

Who is getting Gates money now -- and for what?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Gates, Gates' Influence Expands

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 08/07/2013

What big drop in new standardized test scores really means

The opening of Charles Dickens's "Hard Times" is a chilling and uncanny allegory for the data-driven, test-obsessed reforms that are now overwhelming our schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests, The Ugly Reality

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 08/06/2013

Five absurdities about high-stakes standardized tests

Custodians evaluated by test scores, and much more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Add Your Own, Standardized Tests

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 08/04/2013

The problem with the Paul Vallas brand of school reform

Turning around a failing company or a school district is no work for sprinters, even if school reformers say otherwise.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:01 PM ET, 08/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Larry Cuban, Paul Vallas, Sprinters vs. Marathoners

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

The disturbing shift underway in early childhood classrooms

Teachers express their concern about how academics and test prep are being pushed on the youngest students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education, Obsession With Tests

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 08/01/2013

The biggest loser in the Tony Bennett resignation

Tony Bennett just resigned as Florida's superintendent of public schools amid a scandal about his actions when he was Indiana's schools chief. What this means for school reform and Jeb Bush.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:05 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Is It Jeb Bush?, Jeb Bush, Tony Bennett

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 08/01/2013

The problem with 'the problem with teachers'

The one profession from which we demand perfection is held in very low esteem.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, Teachers

 

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