Testing

Standardized testing, student learning objectives and other types of student and teacher assessments for school accountability, teacher evaluation, high school graduation, college admissions, and other purposes

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How Obama Got Schooled

Under pressure from right and left, the president signed away hard-won federal power over K-12 education and gutted his own reforms, even as they were working. Continue reading

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Rethinking the Carnegie Unit

By stressing the amount of time students spend in the classroom rather than their mastery of subjects, the Carnegie Unit masks the quality of teaching and learning in the nation’s schools and colleges. But alternatives aren’t simple. Continue reading

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An Epidemic of Test Cheating–Two Decades Ago

Cheating on standardized tests is nothing new. Continue reading

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The Unfinished Agenda of the No Child Left Behind Act

A decade after the signing of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, we’re still a long way from providing all students with a rigorous education. Continue reading

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Evaluating Teachers

A panel discussion on the use of student test scores in evaluating teachers Continue reading

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The Quarterly Report: Big Questions for America’s Schools

An on-camera discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of today’s school reform movement Continue reading

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National Problems Require National Solutions

The national problems in public education require national solutions. Continue reading

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Teaching Wars: What Students Should Learn

Two school reform titans of an earlier era inform today’s debate over what students should learn and how they should be taught. Continue reading

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The Testing Industry Under Common Core Standards

The new common core standards could be a boon to public school students. But will the standardized testing industry–and the states that employ it–create new tests to that support the standards? Continue reading

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Five Myths About Teacher Merit Pay

Originally appeared in The Washington Post. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says paying public school teachers based on their performance is his “highest priority,” and he plans to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars to states and school systems that … Continue reading

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