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The Answer Sheet: February, 2014

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 02/28/2014

A video that shows why teachers are going out of their minds

A video that shows a professional development session for Chicago teachers that will make you cringe.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:53 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Winning videos from first White House Student Film Festival

Sixteen are being screened at the White House.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Why preschool critics are wrong

What the research really says.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Why NAEP isn’t really ‘the nation’s report card’

Its focus on math and reading exams have narrowed what it once was.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Accountability

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Gates Foundation opposes release of teachers’ VAM scores in Florida

Here’s why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:16 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Gov. Christie’s new crisis: Protests grow over state control of Newark schools

Christie’s appointed superintendent in Newark has become a chief target for critics.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Leadership

Posted at 03:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014

What D.C. schools are doing right and how to make it better

There is a lot to learn from the city’s successful pre-K program.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Chicago charter schools expel many more kids than district schools — new data

The difference is enormous.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:41 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charters

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Education reform and the corrosion of community responsibility

The ways in which we think and talk about education are changing -- and not for the better.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014

They were once teachers

Jon Hamm, Sting, Cheryl Crow, etc.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 02/25/2014

First black female Ole Miss student body president reacts to newest racial incident at university

‘Last week, I got a call that someone had hung a noose and a confederate flag around the James Meredith statute on campus. My heart dropped. I was in shock.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:30 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 02/25/2014

The most meaningless teacher evaluation exercise ever?

Again, Florida evaluates teachers on kids they didn’t teach. And it isn’t the only state that does this.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/25/2014

The forgotten factor in student achievement: the student

‘ The most important variable in student academic achievement is student academic work.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Achievement

Posted at 10:50 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Oscar-nominated ’12 Years a Slave’ to be distributed to high schools

The distribution will begin later this year.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:50 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Curriculum

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Class size matters a lot, research shows

Can we stop pretending it doesn’t?

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/24/2014

One way to help solve America’s major curriculum problem

Current controversial issues—standards, accountability, benchmarks, teacher quality, evaluation, Race to the Top—are sideshows to the real problem.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 02/23/2014

Why test-based school reform isn’t working -- by the numbers

What the data really shows.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 02/22/2014

You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.

You went to school and think you know. But you don’t.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 02/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Profession

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Study: High school grades best predictor of college success -- not SAT/ACT scores

Research was done on four-year colleges and universities that don’t require college admissions test scores.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:29 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Admissions

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Jon Stewart rips bill allowing teachers, parents to hit kids hard enough to bruise

You can’t make up this stuff.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:42 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Unbelievable

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014

How some school ‘data walls’ violate U.S. privacy law

The Education Department is planning to release new guidance on this issue.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FERPA

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Anti-testing groups form alliance to bring sanity to education policy

The coalition represents a maturing of the anti-testing movement.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Resistance

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014

A deeply misguided lawsuit about teachers and students

What Vergara v. California, a lawsuit challenging three components of teacher employment law in California, is really about.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Union Bashing

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 02/20/2014

True or false: Students can pray in public school any time they want

Efforts in Virginia to codify the right to pray in school ignore the fact that kids can already pray.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:54 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reality

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 02/20/2014

What if Google ran the college application process?

You know the process is crazy. Here’s a way to change it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:24 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/20/2014

#ResistTFA popular on Twitter

Student-led group pushing national campaign against Teach For America.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Text of U-Md. president’s letter about massive computer security breach

The letter details the breach of a database with 309,079 records from two University of Maryland campuses.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:47 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Security

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 02/19/2014

Mom to officials: Stop forcing severely disabled kids to take high-stakes tests

Andrea Rediske talks about her late son to the Florida Education Department and urges passage of proposed legislation helping disabled students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:16 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tests

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014

How children learn to read

What really works.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reading

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014

The science behind figure skating, the half pipe and other Olympic sports

Videos explain the engineering behind the half pipe, the physics behind figure skating, and more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  STEM

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/18/2014

Does Common Core’s focus on ‘close reading’ make sense?

Here’s an argument that it doesn’t.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standards

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/18/2014

Teacher to 3rd graders: I apologize for having to ‘quantify you with a number’

Teacher says she is sorry about the obsession with testing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Letter

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 02/17/2014

The 2014 Presidents’ Day quiz

How much do you know? How much don’t you know?

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:37 AM ET, 02/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/17/2014

Veteran teacher: I’m sick of being called ‘burned out’

After 20 years, ‘I feel that I am at the top of my game.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teaching

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 02/16/2014

Why Presidents’ Day is slightly strange

There are three main reasons: who exactly is being honored; what it actually is called; and even if there should be an apostrophe.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:13 PM ET, 02/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History Lesson

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 02/16/2014

Arne Duncan heads the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game class

He was MVP, with 20 points.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 02/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 02/15/2014

Look who’s advocating for public schools

It’s Sal Khan, founder of the online Khan Academy, a reformers’ favorite.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:01 PM ET, 02/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 02/14/2014

How ‘data walls’ in classrooms humiliate kids

Even very young children find their test scores on “data walls.“

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:33 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/14/2014

How investing in paste and crayons can help save Detroit and other big cities

It’s about early childhood education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pre-K

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Map: How much snow it takes to close U.S. schools

It depends on where you are.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:29 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Weather

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 02/13/2014

Why boy born without complete brain has to take 2014 standardized test

Florida does provide a waiver process, but it is complicated and time-consuming.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:42 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Test Obsession

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/13/2014

‘Ice is back and the road won’t listen’ -- school declares snow day by rap video

The head of the school raps to Vanilla Ice. Watch the video.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Video

Posted at 12:09 AM ET, 02/13/2014

At least 44 school shootings since Newtown -- new analysis

That’s an average of more than three a month since December 2012, with nearly 30 deaths. See map.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:09 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Violence

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 02/12/2014

School board defies N.C. state law abolishing teacher tenure

The board plans to sue the state over the constitutionality of the law.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:14 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/12/2014

Principal: Time to hold NY education leaders accountable for Core mess

New York’s Regents are “rolling back” what they never did in the first place.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/12/2014

The new push for school vouchers at state, federal levels

Republicans are leading the way, with some Democratic help.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Kids don’t learn better in single-sex classes -- meta analysis

A new meta analysis says the effects are small, if any.

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Tags:  Research

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Snow days don’t hurt student achievement, study says

A Harvard study says so, at least if you define achievement as standardized test scores.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Research

Posted at 09:52 PM ET, 02/10/2014

NY Gov. Cuomo blasts state’s top education officials over Common Core

He says changes to improve implementation of the Core are “too little, too late.“

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:52 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 02/10/2014

How ‘field testing’ turns kids into guinea pigs — without parental permission

States are giving tests to students that are for the benefit of testing corporations who are “trying out” questions for future exams.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:00 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Assessment

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/10/2014

‘The greatest line I never said’ -- from college admissions counselors

But they really wanted to.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Counselors

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/09/2014

Is it unethical to use untested technology in the classroom?

Education historian Larry Cuban looks at what is ethical and what isn’t in the classroom.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:45 AM ET, 02/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 02/08/2014

College professor’s post that went viral

It’s about student debt.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:05 PM ET, 02/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Student Debt

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 02/08/2014

Matt Damon: ‘We would never let businessmen design warheads. Why would you cut out educators when you’re designing education policy?’

The actor and activist has a conversation on Reddit.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:06 PM ET, 02/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 02/07/2014

School board member vows to keep fighting for the late Ethan Rediske

Ethan Rediske passed away on Friday.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:42 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/07/2014

How to mine Sochi Olympics for teaching and learning

A teacher explains.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Learning, Teaching

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/07/2014

Wife of teacher to Obama: ‘please stop this runaway reform now’

Open letter: ‘People want to do this meaningful work, but the reforms are breaking them, one teacher at a time.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:45 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 09:55 PM ET, 02/06/2014

School apologizes for Black History Month lunch of watermelon, fried chicken

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

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:55 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Private School

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 02/06/2014

A master’s degree on The Beatles -- really

It’s a program at a university in Liverpool, the only such master’s program in the world.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:48 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Beatles

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/06/2014

A very scary headline about kindergarteners

What are we doing to young kids in school?

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/06/2014

The misguided effort to teach ‘character’

Here is an excerpt from Mike Rose’s expanded version of ‘Why School?’

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Book Excerpt

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Virginia Senate votes to cut number of SOLs, delay A-F school grading

The House of Delegates will vote next.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 02/05/2014

America’s school funding problems, state by state

A new report shows how unfair funding is across the country.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:17 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Funding

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Ravitch: The ‘White House’s obsession with data is sick’

Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch visits legislators on Capitol Hill.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reform

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Text of report detailing $100 million-plus needed for Common Core tests in Maryland

The report signals problems ahead.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:37 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Yes, teacher morale really is low -- despite a report to the contrary

Why a think tank report saying teachers aren’t dissatisfied is wrong.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:10 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Obama smacks Bill O’Reilly on school vouchers

Here’s the text.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vouchers

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Parent of dying boy has to prove her son can’t take standardized test (update)

‘This madness has to stop.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:53 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Test

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Charter experiment ‘spinning out of control’ in Durham County

Traditional school system is being destabilized.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 02/04/2014

J.K. Rowling, please keep Harry Potter revisionist history to yourself

The author of the wonderful series needs to stop saying what she should have put into the books.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:49 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Harry Potter

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014

One thing Bill Gates could do that would actually help kids in school

A literal recipe for success: Feed the kids.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Gates

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014

A teacher exposes ‘value-added’ idiocy

A tale about the interaction of high-stakes policies and the real world of a school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teacher Evaluation

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 02/03/2014

NCLB crashed and burned. When will we ever learn?

Federal policy makers haven’t learned any real lessons from NCLB’s failures.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:30 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NCLB

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 02/03/2014

The things teachers do for kids that can’t be evaluted

Tweets on what teachers do that can’t be judged by test scores.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:18 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Evaluation

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 02/03/2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s high school district honors him

He fell in love with drama in high school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:44 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  People

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/03/2014

Superintendent on school reform: ‘It is not working’

Letter to legislators: ‘Today, a good education is narrowly defined as good test scores. What it has led to is a culture of compliance in our schools.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/03/2014

Public education failing? Not in this school

Meet Mr. Love, band teacher, and some of his colleagues.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public schools

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 02/02/2014

Report: Majority of U.S. kids under age 2 are now children of color -- and one-third are poor

And one in three is poor, according to new report from the Children’s Defense Fund.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:15 PM ET, 02/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Demographics

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 02/02/2014

Each day in the lives of American children

...4 children are killed by abuse or neglect, 5 children or teens commit suicide, etc.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:55 PM ET, 02/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Children

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 02/02/2014

How we teach kids to cheat on tests

Widespread cheating at Wisconsin high school leads to changes.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:01 AM ET, 02/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cheating

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 02/01/2014

Justifying Richard Sherman by his GPA at Stanford

What does it matter how the Seattle Seahawks cornerback did in college?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:30 PM ET, 02/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Richard Sherman

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 02/01/2014

Harvard business dean apologizes for sexism on campus

Gender inequality is common in business schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:25 PM ET, 02/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business Schools

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/01/2014

The trouble with calls for universal ‘high-quality’ pre-K

It’s not good enough just to call for universal pre-K.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood

 

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