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Postcards to Mrs. Obama: End high-stakes testing

Organizations opposed to high-stakes standardized tests are starting a postcard-writing campaign aimed at persuading First Lady Michelle Obama to "encourage" President Obama to end the use of high stakes tests. Lisa Guisbond of FairTest writes about the effort.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 27, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Guest Bloggers, Lisa Guisbond, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  FairTest, fairtest, high-stakes standardized tests, michelle obama and tests, mrs. obama and standardized tests, no child left behind, obama and nclb, obama and race to the top, postcard campaign, postcard campaign to mrs. obama, postcards to first lady, postcards to michelle obama, postcards to mrs. obama, race to the top, standardized tests, standardized tests and results, the problem with race to the top, time out for testing  
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How to combine learning, assessment, accountability

By Lisa Guisbond and Monty Neill.... It’s a great irony of the current accountability movement that policies like No Child Left Behind starve our children of time to think, create and learn in order to measure them with simplistic tests.

By Valerie Strauss  | May 21, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Lisa Guisbond, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  accountability and nclb, accountability movement, assessment and accountability, fairtest, lisa guisbond, monty neill, no child left behind, standardized tests  
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How to measure student growth

By Lisa Guisbond. Growth models are pitched as a thoroughly modern, scientific way to .answer the age-old parental question: “What did you learn in school this year, my dear?” It seems reasonable enough: Test students at the beginning and the end of the year and measure the “growth” in test scores to see if student achievement is improving. Given the narrow and limited nature of the data used to measure this growth, however, there’s often less than meets the eye in the results. Fortunately, there are better, if little known or understood, ways of both measuring and stimulating real growth in learning.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 28, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Lisa Guisbond, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Standardized Tests, Teachers  | Tags:  Race to the Top, growth models, how to evaluate teachers, nclb, no child left behind, schools and growth models, standardized tests, teacher assessment, teacher evaluation, teachers  
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Obama ed "blueprint" will widen achievement gaps

By Lisa Guisbond and Monty Neill. Trapping the poorest children in NCLB’s negative cycle and somewhat freeing the rest, will only add to what Jonathan Kozol called "The Shame of the Nation," widening gaps in educational opportunity and quality.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 8, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Lisa Guisbond  | Tags:  Duncan and blueprint, Duncan and school reform, FairTest, Fairtest, No Child Left Behind, Obama and blueprint, Obama and school reform, Obama's blueprint, Race to the Top  
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Less Testing, More Learning

By Lisa Guisbond and Monty Neill. President Obama's blueprint for rewriting No Child Left Behind shows a deeply disappointing failure to learn from NCLB's big mistakes. For instance, it still makes standardized testing the centerpiece of the law.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 28, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Lisa Guisbond, No Child Left Behind, Standardized Tests, Teachers  | Tags:  FairTest, NCLB, standardized testing  
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The hype of 'value-added' in teacher evaluation

By Lisa Guisbond. As a rookie mom, I used to be shocked when another parent expressed horror about a teacher I thought was a superstar. No more. The fact is that your kids’ results will vary with teachers, just as they do with pills, diets and exercise regimens. Nonetheless, we all want our kids to have at least a few excellent teachers along the way, so it’s tempting to buy into hype about value-added measures (VAM) as a way to separate the excellent from the horrifying, or least the better from the worse.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 25, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags:  assessment, teachers  
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