One month after taking office, the Biden administration faced its first major education policy test. It failed miserably. Despite a campaign promise to end standardized testing in public schools (See […]
On Dec. 14, 2019, I asked President Joe Biden a question about standardized testing. Seeking the Democratic nomination, he had joined other presidential candidates at a Public Education Forum hosted […]
As former K–12 teachers who are now teacher educators in California, we share grave concern regarding the expectation for preservice teachers to complete their Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) in order […]
During the night and on into the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, a determined band of Chicago Public School (CPS) parents and community activists camped at the front door […]
A middle school language arts teacher apologizes to her students for the states narrow and deceptive standardized test.
First graders, three at a time, use classroom computers to take standardized tests. Their teacher explains the impact on the students and herself.
Scripted curriculum de-skills teachers and rewards students for passivity, not critical thinking. A teacher educator urges teachers to organize and fight back.
The failures of the corporate education “reform” movement leave it vulnerable to genuine grassroots school transformation.
To build an effective movement against the top-down strategies that are ripping public education apart, we need to take a closer look at who wants reform and why.
A middle school writing teacher reflects on a day spent scoring districtwide math tests.
Are peer mentoring programs bowing to the pressure to teach to the test?
Far from addressing the systemic
A new era requires new thinking
The problem is this: Testing is killing education. Not only is it narrowing the curriculum generally
In these bleak NCLB days of regimented
Testing mania reaches the pre-K classroom. It saddened me to think that my daughter’s first impression of school was based on taking a test and failing it.”
When it comes to Reading First, don’t believe the hype
Thanks to the folks at the Discovery Channel
A part of American school curricula for more than 200 years
“I would really like to see a new movement that gives the kind of hope
for change that there was when I came into teaching in the late 1960s.”
While the bipartisan consensus that passed NCLB in 2001 has splintered, the old, unimproved version of the law is not going away anytime soon.
A University of Nebraska professor takes a satirical look at Education Week’s Quality Counts report, where the Cornhusker state ranked at the bottom.
Two studies refute the claims made by voucher advocates: private schools are better than public ones, and competition makes public schools better.
Ohio attempts to close achievement gap by focusing on 9th-grade males