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March Madness: 'My name is Luke and I refuse to take your test'

A father writes that his 11-year-old has spent this year in school getting ready for this month's Pennsylvania standardized assessment tests rather than pursuing intellectually stimulating classroom experiences. Now he wonders if he should ask his son to boycott the tests.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 2, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  bartleby project, penn state, pennsylvania assessments, rube goldberg, standardized tests  
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Obama's mistimed Miami school visit -- with Jeb Bush

What a tag team. At a time when Wisconsin teachers are protesting to keep their collective bargaining rights, President Obama is traveling to Florida to share a stage with the anti-union Jeb Bush, the former governor who led corporate-driven, standardized test-obsessed school reform and tried to reduce teachers union influence.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 2, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  arne duncan, president obama, president obama and teachers, rick scott, scott walker, wisconsin protests, wisconsin teachers  
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Why NAEP science scores were so low

What is surprising about the newly released science scores in the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, commonly known as the nation’s report card, is that anybody is surprised that they were so low.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 26, 2011; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Science, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  naep, naep science scores, no child left behind, standardized tests  
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The irony of Obama’s ‘help’ for Wisconsin teachers

President Obama’s support to Wisconsin's protesting teachers is ironic, given that teachers and their collective bargaining rights have already been undermined by his education reform policies.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 21, 2011; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Race to the Top, Standardized Tests, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  collective bargaining, gov. scott walker, labor, labor movement, madison schools, madison schools closed, madison teachers, wisconsin, wisconsin governor, wisconsin protests, wisconsin teachers  
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Mobile technology and school reform: What’s the connection?

The United States has regained dominance in mobile technology, according to The Economist. How does that square with warnings that our troubled schools have harmed the U.S. ability to compete internationally?

By Valerie Strauss  | February 16, 2011; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Standardized Tests, Technology  | Tags:  arne duncan, education secretary arne duncan, international competitiveness, international tests, mobile technology, pisa, robert j. samuelson, school reform, sputnik, the answer sheet, the economist  
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Why our metrics for quality are not objective

Choosing the right metric to measure a medical therapy or school effectiveness is not a fact-filled, objective decision. It is subjective and packed with trade-offs, a veteran educator explains.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 11, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Larry Cuban, Standardized Tests  
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Older Entries in This Category »

How can we fairly assess teachers, students, schools?, Valerie Strauss , February 8, 2011
New study: How L.A. Times teachers data is flawed, Valerie Strauss , February 7, 2011
Ronald Reagan's impact on education today, Valerie Strauss , February 6, 2011
The Bartleby Project, Valerie Strauss , February 2, 2011
Things I’m sick of hearing , Valerie Strauss , January 26, 2011
Test scores and economic competitiveness, Valerie Strauss , January 24, 2011
Testing the Common Core Standards, Valerie Strauss , January 21, 2011
What really helped Florida's test scores, Valerie Strauss , January 7, 2011
Resolutions someone should make for 2011, Valerie Strauss , January 5, 2011
America’s disdain for its children , Valerie Strauss , January 3, 2011
A sobering look at Florida school reform, Valerie Strauss , December 21, 2010
Standardized snake oil -- Brady, Valerie Strauss , December 15, 2010
College Board promotes holiday gift of ... test prep!, Valerie Strauss , December 14, 2010
What Norway (not Finland) tells us about schools, Valerie Strauss , December 13, 2010
A Felliniesque education story, Valerie Strauss , December 13, 2010
How poverty affected U.S. PISA scores, Valerie Strauss , December 9, 2010
Hysteria over PISA misses the point, Valerie Strauss , December 7, 2010
Sample PISA questions given to 15-year-olds, Valerie Strauss , December 7, 2010
Do international test comparisons make sense?, Valerie Strauss , December 6, 2010
Take this 1931 8th grade test (you will probably flunk), Valerie Strauss , November 23, 2010
Testing scandal claims Atlanta schools superintendent , Valerie Strauss , November 20, 2010
The NAEP scores problem, Valerie Strauss , November 18, 2010
Rhee's testing legacy: An open question, Valerie Strauss , November 2, 2010
Ravitch on how wrong 'Superman' really is, Valerie Strauss , October 27, 2010
The real effect of teachers union contracts, Valerie Strauss , October 25, 2010
Kohn: The pretend reformers, Valerie Strauss , October 22, 2010
English teacher: Data can drive us down wrong road, Valerie Strauss , October 21, 2010
The PSAT/National Merit test: What you should know, Valerie Strauss , October 14, 2010
'Manifesto' should be resignation letter, Valerie Strauss , October 12, 2010
Using 'School Quality Reviews' to improve schools, Valerie Strauss , October 8, 2010
Why won't Congress admit NCLB failed?, Valerie Strauss , October 1, 2010
College Board vs. FairTest, Valerie Strauss , September 22, 2010
A critical look at a report on standardized tests, Valerie Strauss , September 22, 2010
Too many curricular aims creates assessment problems, Valerie Strauss , September 21, 2010
How the ACT caught up with the SAT, Valerie Strauss , September 17, 2010
Study shows test score improvements, Valerie Strauss , September 16, 2010
About that Time magazine education poll, Valerie Strauss , September 14, 2010
Obama ed policy lacks scientific support -- Willingham, Valerie Strauss , September 13, 2010
The problem with how Rhee fired teachers, Valerie Strauss , July 23, 2010
Do high standards really help kids?, Valerie Strauss , July 21, 2010
New test scoring problems for Pearson, Valerie Strauss , July 19, 2010
Florida's FCAT scandal -- the next chapter, Valerie Strauss , July 15, 2010
A weird accountability system in Texas, Valerie Strauss , July 14, 2010
Rhee’s problem with D.C.’s new test scores , Valerie Strauss , July 13, 2010
Florida standardized test results challenged, Valerie Strauss , July 13, 2010
Extremism in school reform is not a virtue, Valerie Strauss , June 25, 2010
A better way to evaluate students and schools , Valerie Strauss , June 24, 2010
The story behind rise in Texas test scores, Valerie Strauss , June 16, 2010
Stop timing the ACT and SAT, Valerie Strauss , June 12, 2010
Standardized testing follies in Florida, Valerie Strauss , June 7, 2010
Postcards to Mrs. Obama: End high-stakes testing, Valerie Strauss , May 27, 2010
What’s wrong with standardized tests? , Valerie Strauss , May 27, 2010
D.C.'s NAEP scores: Don't get excited, Valerie Strauss , May 20, 2010
Princeton Reviews takes down ad claims , Valerie Strauss , May 16, 2010
Horse, then cart, on teacher evaluation -- Hess , Valerie Strauss , May 11, 2010
How to measure student growth, Valerie Strauss , April 28, 2010
Who’s afraid of the TerraNova 2 test? , Valerie Strauss , April 23, 2010
Diane Ravitch’s letter to Florida lawmakers , Valerie Strauss , April 10, 2010
Willingham: Feds should leave ed policy to states, Valerie Strauss , March 29, 2010
Less Testing, More Learning , Valerie Strauss , March 28, 2010
Florida Senate approves disastrous teachers bill, Valerie Strauss , March 24, 2010
Disaster for Florida teachers: Senate Bill 6, Valerie Strauss , March 24, 2010
Jay Mathews (and Obama) vs. me on tests, Valerie Strauss , March 16, 2010
D.C.'s National Merit winners aren't all from D.C., Valerie Strauss , February 22, 2010
Why not link teacher pay to test scores?, Valerie Strauss , February 17, 2010
Willingham: In defense of measurement , Valerie Strauss , February 15, 2010
Any merit to National Merit program?, Valerie Strauss , February 8, 2010
Saturday’s ACT exam rescheduled in storm areas, Valerie Strauss , February 5, 2010
Challenging Jay’s Challenge Index , Valerie Strauss , February 1, 2010
Obama's teleprompter , Valerie Strauss , January 26, 2010
A question for President Obama, Valerie Strauss , January 19, 2010
More to education than data, Valerie Strauss , January 18, 2010
The value of standardized tests, Valerie Strauss , December 30, 2009
The decade's 10 big education ideas, Valerie Strauss , December 18, 2009
Debating the value of the SAT, ACT , Valerie Strauss , December 7, 2009
More standardized testing nightmares, Valerie Strauss , November 30, 2009
A critical look at the SAT and ACT, Valerie Strauss , November 18, 2009
Educator: 'Race to the Top's' 10 false assumptions, Valerie Strauss , October 23, 2009
What teachers think about their jobs, testing, Valerie Strauss , October 23, 2009
Is It Tougher Being a Kid Today?, Valerie Strauss , October 7, 2009
Why So Many People are So Angry At Arne Duncan, Valerie Strauss , September 24, 2009
TRANSCRIPT: Ed Sec Duncan's Speech on NCLB, Valerie Strauss , September 23, 2009
SPOTLIGHT: The Man Who Takes SAT Tests for a Living, Valerie Strauss , September 9, 2009
 
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