Category Archives: Federal Reforms

When Students Opt Out, What Are the Policy Implications? – Education Week

Education Week has an interesting article regarding standardized testing and parents “opting out” of testing for their child.  The Common Core standardized assessments have created a significant increase in parents opting out. According to the No Child Left Behind Act … Continue reading

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Connecticut Union Offers Proposal to End Common-Core Tests

Connecticut Union Offers Proposal to End Common-Core Tests. The Connecticut chapter of the National Education Association is proposing legislation that would do away with assessments administered by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and replace them with “progress tests,” the union announced March … Continue reading

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Math Consultant: Smarter Balanced Math Tests Have ‘Egregious Flaws’

Math Consultant: Smarter Balanced Math Tests Have ‘Egregious Flaws’. In a recent critique of Smarter Balanced’s online practice tests for mathematics,educational consultant Steven Rasmussen argues that the assessments are “a quagmire of poor technological design, poor interaction design, and poor mathematical design” that … Continue reading

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What has Testing and Accountability Taught Us?

After spending close to 30 years in public education, I now find myself rather conflicted. I feel confused and frustrated, not knowing which direction to turn. I feel as though public education has been hijacked by corporations and politicians who … Continue reading

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Common Core Is Not Ready

Mike Schmoker has written what I believe to be a very interesting opinion in Education Week.  Take a look….   Common Core is Not Ready    

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Federal Reform Initiatives

Gerald Terozzi makes some rather interesting comments in his recent book, “Stop the School Bus: Getting Education Reform Back on Track. In chapter 13 he mentions the 10th Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, … Continue reading

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