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Atlanta Cheating Scandal Reignites Testing Debate

Atlanta Cheating Scandal Reignites Testing Debate | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Motoko Rich, New York Times

 

The largest cheating scandal in recent history is fueling critics who say that standardized tests as a way to measure achievement should be scaled back.

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Is It 2007 Yet?

Is It 2007 Yet? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Eric Hanushek, Education Week

 

A little more than a decade ago we embarked on what is arguably the most significant change in educational policy of the past half-century—the introduction of No Child Left Behind.

While many states had already introduced some form of test-based accountability by 2001, NCLB made this mandatory for all states and introduced a very specific structure to accountability that importantly included consequences for schools that did not perform well. I always viewed this as an experiment representing the best guesses of...

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Eric Hanushek is one of the top education economists in the US.  Here he reflects on NCLB and Accountability, and what to do next.  5 bullet points....

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We Must Out-Educate and Out-Innovate Other Nations

We Must Out-Educate and Out-Innovate Other Nations | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Diane Ravitch, Bill Moyers' GroupThink

 

If Diane Ravitch wrote the education section of President Obama's SOTU, this is what she'd have him say." 

 

"My fellow Americans, I have said in previous addresses on this occasion that the key to our future success is to make sure that the education we provid

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The Global Search for Education: If not the SAT, What?

The Global Search for Education: If not the SAT, What? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by C.M. Rubin, Huffington Post

 

What if this 21st century replacement for the SAT was able to measure high school students' critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving, and written communication; in other words, all the essential skills that both educators and...

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Dartmouth Stops Credits for Excelling on A.P. Test

Dartmouth Stops Credits for Excelling on A.P. Test | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tamar Lewin, NYT

 

Dartmouth is concerned that Advanced Placement courses are not as rigorous as college courses.

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Of more than 100 students who had scored a 5 on the A.P. Psyc exam, 90 percent failed the Dartmouth Psyc 1 final test. The other 10 percent were given Dartmouth credit.

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If Dartmouth is doing this, expect more colleges and universities to do the same...

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Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education

Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Questions about students' privacy persisted this week. Should parents let for-profit companies use their kids’ personal school data for the collective benefits derived from big data technologies? That’s the default setting.

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Can Bad Schools Be Good For Neighborhoods?

Can Bad Schools Be Good For Neighborhoods? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Andy Smarick, Education Next

 

Might there be compelling civic or social reasons for keeping open persistently failing or unsafe inner-city schools?

We know there are reasons to close them. First, school turnarounds seldom work (contra the recent statement from AFT president Randi Weingarten), and closures stop us from continuing to send kids to chronically underperforming schools. (The stickiness of failure is even true in the charter sector.)

 
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Do demographic shifts explain cities’ test-score changes?

Do demographic shifts explain cities’ test-score changes? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Michael Petrilli, Flypaper

 

Matthew DiCarlo of the Shanker Institute, among others, has wondered whether the ups and downs of test score trends are necessarily related to what’s happening in the classroom, much less what’s happening in the statehouse or the school board. NAEP results, DiCarlo wrote, “can’t be used to draw even moderately strong inferences about what works and what doesn’t.”

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Texas House eliminates funding for standardized testing

Texas House eliminates funding for standardized testing | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Valarie Strauss, Washington Post

 

The revolt against standardized testing in Texas has taken a new twist: The Texas House has put forth a draft 2014-15 budget that zeroes out all funding for statewide standardized assessment. By way of explanation, Speaker Joe Straus said, “To parents and educators concerned about excessive testing, the Texas House has heard you.”

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More Teachers Refuse to Give Standardized Tests

More Teachers Refuse to Give Standardized Tests | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ann Dornfeld, Mind/Shift

 

An entire school of teachers in Seattle is refusing to give students a standardized test that’s required by the district. The teachers say the test is useless and wastes valuable instructional time.

Meanwhile, individual teacher protests of standardized tests are popping up nationwide, and the Seattle case may make bigger waves.

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Standardized tests don't test the learning that's set by curriculum.  Fine if those tests are infrequent, or low stakes, but NOT fine if tests are frequent and high-stakes.  The tests are like using a wrench to remove a screw...it's the wrong tool for the job.

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