Education stories that resonated in 2012 — and will matter in 2013

An undated photo of a shadowy shape that some people say is the Loch Ness monster. (AP)

Here’s a baker’s dozen of posts, in no particular order, that generated great interest among readers and help tell the story of public education in 2012. Many of the subjects are certain to take center stage in the education debate in 2013.

* Century-old 8th-grade exam: Can you pass a 1912 test?

*Texas GOP rejects ‘critical thinking’ skills. Really.

*10-year-old: ‘I want to know why after vacation I have to take test after test after test’

*The complete list of problems with high-stakes standardized tests

*How GERM is infecting schools around the world

*Meet the ‘worst’ 8th grade math teacher in NYC

*The real problem with Rahm’s school reforms in Chicago

*A value-added travesty for an award-winning teacher

*Loch Ness Monster real in biology textbook

*French president pushing homework ban as part of ed reforms

*The hard bigotry of poverty: Why ignoring it will doom school reform

*Commencement speaker blasts students

*Revolt against high-stakes standardized testing grows

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.

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Valerie Strauss · December 25, 2012