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Givens: Education reform is incorrectly focused

By Brandon Givens July 26, 2013 1:00 a.m GainsvilleTimes.com In an attempt to reform education, we are moving toward more intense scrutiny of teachers. This makes sense, as teachers are the largest factor behind a child’s learning while in the classroom. Unfortunately, the way it is being done, with yet more testing, will only work […]

The Trouble With Testing Mania

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD Published: July 13, 2013 NYTimes Congress made a sensible decision a decade ago when it required the states to administer yearly tests to public school students in exchange for federal education aid. The theory behind the No Child Left Behind Act was that holding schools accountable for test scores would force […]

Who’s Minding the Schools?

IN April, some 1.2 million New York students took their first Common Core State Standards tests, which are supposed to assess their knowledge and thinking on topics such as “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and a single matrix equation in a vector variable. Students were charged with analyzing both fiction and nonfiction, not only through […]

Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

FILMED MAY 2013 • POSTED MAY 2013 • TED Talks Education Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now — and it’s because we’re clinging to a business model that clearly doesn’t work. Education advocate […]

In Defense of Testing

by DAVID BROOKS MAY 11, 2013, 3:00 PM BigThink People go into education because they love students. They want to teach students, they want to help the world. And people who are in education want to reward each other and they want to feel good about themselves and about each other. So there’s a natural […]

Debating How to Give Texas Teachers Useful Feedback

By MORGAN SMITH Published: May 2, 2013 NYTimes When Texas lawmakers rolled out a framework for evaluating public schoolteachers more than 15 years ago, they intended to identify ways to strengthen the state’s teaching corps. But the regular result of the largely subjective evaluations since then has been: no improvement needed. Less than 3 percent […]

Crash Test

by NATE BLAKESLEE May 2013 Texas Monthly TWO DECADES AGO TEXAS BECAME GROUND ZERO FOR THE ACCOUNTABILITY MOVEMENT IN PUBLIC EDUCATION. NOW, AFTER A REVOLT BY TEACHERS AND PARENTS WHO CLAIM THAT HIGH-STAKES TESTING IS RUINING CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION, THE LEGISLATURE IS POISED TO UNDO MANY OF ITS OWN REFORMS. DOES ANYONE HAVE THE RIGHT ANSWER? […]

A Tough New Test Spurs Protest and Tears

By JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ and AL BAKER -NYTimes Published: April 19, 2013 Students at the Hostos-Lincoln Academy in the Bronx blamed the English exams for making them anxious and sick. Teachers at Public School 152 in Manhattan said they had never seen so many blank stares. Parents at theEarth School in the East Village were so displeased that they organized a boycott. As New […]

Teachers: Will We Ever Learn

NYTimes-By JAL MEHTA Published: April 12, 2013 IN April 1983, a federal commission warned in a famous report, “A Nation at Risk,” that American education was a “rising tide of mediocrity.” The alarm it sounded about declining competitiveness touched off a tidal wave of reforms: state standards, charter schools, alternative teacher-certification programs, more money, more test-based […]