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The Answer Sheet: October, 2013

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 10/31/2013

A ridiculous Common Core test for first graders

Test uestion 1 on the first-grade test is based on the New York Common Core Standard, 1.OA4: Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. (Really.)

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:19 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Six ways Common Core is changing English/math classes

The standards are being implemented in most of the country now.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 10/31/2013

Mom: My autistic son ‘is lost in a sea of standards’ at school

Her open letter starts, Dear ‘Is Anyone Listening?’

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:02 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Disabilities, Standards

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 10/31/2013

A new ‘no excuses’ school reform mantra

Five things for which there really are no excuses when it comes to children and school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health And Safety

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 10/30/2013

How school districts are affected by Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling

A just-released report provides guidance for school systems.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:31 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DOMA, School Systems

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 10/30/2013

China’s 10 new and surprising school reform rules

The Chinese are going in a very different direction than the U.S.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:02 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 10/30/2013

A dozen basic guidelines for educators

Real practical advice for teachers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:01 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teaching

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/30/2013

An unlikely clash between a superintendent and a community

What’s going on in Montclair, N.J.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Quotations from Chairman Mark: Every public word of Zuckerberg’s in one file

It’s all there -- in one university archive.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:21 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mark Zuckerberg

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Five key strategies to get/keep kids engaged at school

It’s the fundamental job of a teacher: keeping kids interested in learning.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:02 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teaching

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Rand Paul does what gets kids in trouble: ‘Borrow’ from Wikipedia

Hmmm. Rachel Maddow finds big similarities between his speech on eugenics and the online dictionary.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:14 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wikipedia

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 10/29/2013

When earning a D is ‘doing well’

Do you teach the course or do you the student? And what constitutes progress?

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:01 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Three ways to listen (and learn) better

Listening and observing can be passive -- or not.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Learning

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Author Maya Angelou blasts Obama’s Race to the Top

She says it doesn’t really help kids learn to love to read.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Race To The Top

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 10/28/2013

The doubts of a school choice supporter

Are some kids being left behind?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:31 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School choice

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 10/28/2013

What color is a great school?

School grading systems have gotten wacky.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:14 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Grades

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 10/28/2013

More colleges extend application deadlines due to Common App woes

Students should check on school Web sites to see final deadlines.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:26 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common App

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 10/28/2013

Five stereotypes about poor families and education

The list, plus how stereotypes affect the way students perform in classes.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Poverty

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 10/27/2013

Why the much-maligned field trip really matters

They help bridge the ‘experience gap.’

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Tags:  Field Trips

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 10/27/2013

Virginia schools boards pass anti-SOL resolutions

About 30 boards urge the state to revamp the testing system for students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:10 AM ET, 10/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 10/26/2013

Why job interviews don’t work

Why they don’t lead to better decision making.

By  |  11:32 AM ET, 10/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Daniel Willingham

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 10/26/2013

The real 21st-century problem in public education

New data shows the problem getting worse.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:47 AM ET, 10/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Poverty

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Should colleges consider financial aid in admissions decisions?

‘Need-blind’ vs ‘need-aware’ admissions: the difference.

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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Faculty fight university’s link to controversial school turnaround district

Eastern Michigan University say the district is a mess and they have no input into its operation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:33 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Takeover

Posted at 12:10 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Los Angeles Schools Supt. Deasy may resign (update)

The move is a surprise; he just got a contract extension.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:10 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Superintendents

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 10/24/2013

Legislator, educator challenging ‘testing juggernaut’

‘We are in a state of emergency in our schools.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:01 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 10/24/2013

Medical schools welcome record number of students this fall, data show

There is a shortage of doctors just as more people are getting health insurance under Obamacare.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:48 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Medical Schools

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 10/24/2013

A cautionary lesson in ‘raising the stakes’ for young students

What message is the D.C. Public Charter School Board’s new evaluation tool for young kids sending to them?

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:31 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Record number of homeless children enrolled in public schools, new data show

The number of homeless children in public schools has increased 72 percent since the beginning of the recession.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:22 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Poverty and Schools

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Five key features of effective schools

Yes, we do know the recipe.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:02 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Effective Schools

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Harvard student: ‘Don’t Teach For America’

Harvard is a top supplier of graduates to TFA, but here’s why one student won’t apply.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teach for America

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Harvard, Amherst feud over Emily Dickinson (yes, the dead poet)

Longstanding tensions erupt over digital library project.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:58 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 10/23/2013

The Tom Friedman-Wendy Kopp irony in two tweets

It’s about teacher prep.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:59 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teach for America

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Teacher to reformers: ‘Invite us to the table’

How the teaching profession is changing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:01 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 05:03 AM ET, 10/23/2013

It’s Mole Day. What’s that?

It isn’t about the animal. Think chemistry.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:03 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chemistry

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Why community schools are a no-brainer

Finding ways to help students meet their basic needs so they can learn makes infinite sense.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Community Schools

Posted at 08:23 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Fifty years ago today, the school boycott that rocked Chicago

More than 200,000 students boycotted class and joined protesters marching for educational justice.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:23 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boycott

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Colbert is hilarious on ‘robo teachers’ and Common Core

‘If we can help even one kid do better in school, we will help all the kids who copy off that kid.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:09 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colbert

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Top authors -- including Maya Angelou -- urge Obama to curb standardized testing

More than 120 authors and illustrators say they are worried about the impact on children.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:09 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Alarmed' At Policies

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Khan Academy using contractors to check Web site’s videos

A physicist found basic mistakes in two videos.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:02 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Khan Academy

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 10/21/2013

‘We won’t be Fairfax anymore’

Major school budget cuts, if implemented, will hurt schools and the district’s reputation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:23 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fairfax Schools

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 10/21/2013

New probe of cheating on SAT in Korea launched

This is the second big investigation this year.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:37 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  SAT

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 10/21/2013

10 hot careers for new and mid-career college graduates

The top careers and what kind of degrees are needed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:49 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Careers

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 10/21/2013

Teach For America -- America’s fastest growing political organization?

Someone is bundling money from a select group of wealthy political donors, and passing it out to reform candidates in obscure races across the nation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teach for America

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 10/20/2013

Everything you think is important in college admissions apparently isn’t

Does any of the information and writing students submit have much meaning?

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:39 PM ET, 10/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Admissions

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 10/20/2013

Common Core: The growing ‘slip’ between rhetoric and implementation

There is a growing “slip” between reformers’ rhetoric about overtesting and the implementation of reforms in New York schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:07 AM ET, 10/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 10/19/2013

Author Neil Gaiman for U.S. education secretary?

It’s not only what he says but what he doesn’t say.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 PM ET, 10/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Secretary

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 10/18/2013

Rats find Oreos as addictive as cocaine -- an unusual college research project

They are addictive in humans, too.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:53 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Research

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/18/2013

What poor children need in school

It isn’t what many school reformers are giving them.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Poverty

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 10/18/2013

Can they be this obsessed with data?

The U.S. Education Department wants to know if kids in certain neighborhoods are getting five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Department

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 10/18/2013

What science teachers need to know (that isn’t about science)

Here’s a study that tested teacher subject-matter knowledge directly and that measured one aspect of pedagogical content knowledge, namely, student misconceptions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Daniel Willingham

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Public education’s biggest problem keeps getting worse

The problem is poverty, and new statistics bring that into stark relief.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:17 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Poverty

Posted at 11:33 PM ET, 10/16/2013

The debt deal’s gift to Teach For America (yes, TFA)

You can’t tell by reading the debt deal that teachers are involved but they are.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:33 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 10/16/2013

#PSAT -- Students tweet amusing reactions to standardized test (update)

Several million high school students will take the PSAT this week, and you can bet that most aren’t looking forward to it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:07 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PSAT

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

Howard Gardner: ‘Multiple intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’

The famed psychologist explains why one is not the other though they are often confused.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Multiple Intelligences

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Are school reformers wrecking the Common Core?

If you’re a fan of the Common Core, these are not the people you want to see running the show:

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:33 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Online Common Application problems lead colleges to push back deadlines

A new version of the online application has had multiple problems.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:27 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Admissions

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013

The problem with ‘whatever it takes to get the job done’

The phrase excuses too many bad school reform initiatives.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Public schools shouldn’t close for religious reasons

There is a good secular reason to close schools on some religious holidays, though.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School calendar

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Going to school hungry: A child and his mom tell their story

A video every school reformer should see.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Poverty

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Christopher Columbus: 3 things you think he did that he didn’t

And things he did do that might surprise you.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Columbus Day

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 10/13/2013

‘There’s an insidious prejudice against older teachers’

It’s not just in the United States where veteran teachers are feeling a bit unwanted in the push for young recruits.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:11 AM ET, 10/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 10/12/2013

Ratings madness: NO ‘highly effective’ elementary/middle-school teachers in Syracuse?

Teachers were to be judged on a wildly inappropriate metric -- but nobody noticed when the evaluation plan was approved.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:02 PM ET, 10/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teacher Ratings

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 10/12/2013

Girl dies after getting sick at school without nurse

A 12-year-old girl got sick late last month while she was at her Philadelphia school -- a school without a full-time nurse. She died later that day.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:52 AM ET, 10/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  In Philadelphia, Philadelphia Schools

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Why Malala should have won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

She was deserving, and would have been an electrifying choice.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:29 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Is A Right, Malala

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Malala Yousafzai picks Bethesda teen’s essay as contest winner

Malala Yousafzai selected an essay by a Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School senior as the winner of a CNN contest which asked teens to write about being inspired by the young Pakistani.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:49 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Malala, The Two Girls Meet

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 10/10/2013

School district says 'no' to Walmart

A small school district seems to have quashed plans for a $50 million Walmart store.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:11 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Walmart, Won't Give Tax Breaks

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Students at 'overachieving' school getting anti-stress lessons

A growing number of schools are providing students with these lessons.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:05 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Students, Teaching 'Mindfulness'

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

Why the 'GREAT Teachers and Principals Act' is not great

If passed, the bill would lead to new teacher and principal prep programs that have less accountability than other state-approved programs.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Less Accountability, Teacher preparation

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

Why reading test scores flatten out in 12th grade

E.D. Hirsch, Jr. explains a fundamental problem with standardized reading tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Fundamental P, By E.D. Hirsch Jr., Standardized Tests

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 10/09/2013

The bottom line on SAT scores in one chart

How much correlation is there between SAT scores and family income? This much.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:52 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  SAT, Who Gets The Best Results?

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 10/09/2013

The first sentence says it all

Small-scale protest against test-based school reform turns to 'earthquake' in Buffalo.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:01 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Protest on Testing Grows 'Earthquake', Standardized Tests

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/09/2013

The amazing Malala Yousafzai talks about education with Jon Stewart

She answers a question about what she would do if a Taliban gunman approaches her again.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Girls And Education, Memoir Released, Watch The Video

Posted at 10:38 PM ET, 10/08/2013

Georgia Tech investigating 'rapebait' e-mail

The offending e-mail was reportedly sent to members of a fraternity and then went viral.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:38 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Life, Fraternity On Probation

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013

'An average school I would want my children to attend'

Schools that earn ‘A’ grades based on test scores aren’t the only great schools out there.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  More Than Meets The Grade, School Effectiveness

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Yes, you do have time to read

Five ways to think differently about reading and time.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reading Habits, Watch Much TV?

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Shutdown forces cancellation of student environmental ed trips

Hundreds of students have already been affected and thousands more could be depending on how long the government stays closed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:53 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government Shutdown, National Parks Closed

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 10/06/2013

Is Fairfax's new sleep-in program for some students fair?

With research proving teens have different sleep rhythms, why can't all high schools start school later?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:12 PM ET, 10/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teens and sleep, When Should High School Start?

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 10/06/2013

A teacher's troubling account of giving a 106-question standardized test to 11 year olds

Here’s the step-by-step deconstruction of how she gave the test and how her kids reacted.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:31 PM ET, 10/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Deconstruction, Standardized Tests

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 10/05/2013

The influence of new philanthropy on democracy

Why the current era of private giving is different from in the past.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 10/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Philanthropy, School Reform

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 10/04/2013

Good student Laela Gray held back over 1 point on test

This story offers a perfect illustration of what "high stakes" standardized testing means.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:45 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  In Florida, Standardized Test

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013

The civics test native Americans flunked -- but immigrants passed

The government shutdown is a good opportunity to revisit America’s civic literacy.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Civic Literacy, The Literacy Problem

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

The failures of for-profit K-12 schools

Though there’s plenty of money to be made out there in K-12 education, corporate failures have piled up.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A History, For-Profit Education

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 10/04/2013

Case study: The false promise of value-added teacher assessment

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Stop blaming James Madison for the shutdown

A Madison expert explains.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:11 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government Shutdown, Some History

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Diane Ravitch: Q&A on her controversial new book

Ravitch talks about why she wrote ‘Reign of Error,” what she learned writing it, and what what she thinks about being called “mean” by her critics.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:32 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Diane Ravitch, On Bestseller List

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Who’s minding the people who are supposed to be minding the schools?

Two scandals, one on the East Coast and another on the West, prompt the question in the headline.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Scandals, School Scandals

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 10/02/2013

KKK asks panel to keep school named after 'grand wizard' of white-supremacist group

School board to meet to discuss what to do with Nathan B. Forrest High School's name.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:27 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Imperial Kaltrop' Writes Letter, School Names

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Duncan’s unusual ‘state of education’ report

He starts out by bashing his critics rather than talking up the work he is doing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Video And Transcript

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013

How to be a college ‘resimuter’

Here’s what resimuters are and what they do.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campus Life, College Life

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 10/01/2013

One great shutdown tweet

It will take two seconds to read.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:54 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government Shutdown, Short And Not Sweet

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 10/01/2013

589 days with no elected government: What happened in Belgium

There was a caretaker government of sorts.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:56 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A History Lesson, Government Shutdown

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Fewer people view college education as part of 'American Dream'

A new poll shows has some disturbing results about how Americans see the role of education in their lives.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:58 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  American Dream, Poll Results

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

'Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress '

Past watchers of Congress wouldn’t be surprised about the mess there now.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, etc., Mark Twain, Will Rogers

 

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