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Beyond Tests: The Power of Student-Teacher Relationships

Tarsi Dunlop, Learning First Alliance, August 22, 2014 Our frequently stated goal is for all US students to graduate from high school prepared for college and career. The current emphasis on standards-based education reforms reflects our belief that there are things students should know and be able to do that will help them in that […]

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Address Bad Ed Policy and School-to-prison Pipeline

Sarah Lahm, Minnesota 2020, January 17, 2014 – Can we tackle the school-to-prison pipeline without also addressing bad education policy? According to a recent news report, the Obama Administration wants the nation’s schools to abandon “…overly zealous discipline policies” that are more likely to send students to court than to the principal’s office. The report notes that […]

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State takes hands-off approach to test cheating

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, October 24, 2013 – When it comes to uncovering cheating by students or teachers on statewide assessment tests, Minnesota takes a less rigorous approach than most other states. While many states analyze test scores or do regular audits to find cheating, the Minnesota Department of Education relies on school districts to […]

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Why the Accountability Scandals Matter

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, September 10, 2013 – It’s a few weeks now since reports first hit that Tony Bennett (former superintendent of Indiana and, now, Florida) had reworked the state’s school grading system to make sure a particular school got the grade he thought it deserved. Those have now been confirmed by an official report [PDF] commissioned by Indiana’s […]

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Games People Play in Modern School Reform

Sam Chaltain, Education Week, July 31, 2013 – Last April, near the end of the year I spent observing their classroom for a book I’m writing about school choice in Washington, D.C., I watched the third graders of Bancroft Elementary School run off their lunch on the playground before a final afternoon of preparation for the […]

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In Counter to ‘Joyless’ Schools, Coalition Demands Supports-Based Reform

Michele McNeil, Education Week, June 11, 2013 – A group of 46 educators and policy advocates who are pushing what they call a more-progressive education agenda ramped up their call for “supports-based reform” by issuing a declaration to “rebuild America.” They decried the current state of the standards-based movement, particularly the emphasis on high-stakes testing, and said […]

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Failing the Test

David L. Kirp, Slate, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – It’s a terrible time for advocates of market-driven reform in public education. For more than a decade, their strategy—which makes teachers’ careers turn on student gains in reading and math tests, and promotes competition through charter schools and vouchers—has been the dominant policy mantra. But now the […]

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Measuring Minnesota proficiency: Duty of teachers or tests?

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, May 3, 2013 – Minnesota’s proficiency tests, created to ensure all public school students are learning what they should in the classroom, have had a tough couple of weeks. Lawmakers at the DFL-controlled Capitol voted to end exams that high school students now need to pass to graduate, a move Republican and […]

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The Coming Revolution in Public Education

John Tierney, The Atlantic, April 25, 2013 – It’s always hard to tell for sure exactly when a revolution starts. Is it when a few discontented people gather in a room to discuss how the ruling regime might be opposed? Is it when first shots are fired? When a critical mass forms and the opposition acquires […]

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Online testing problems worry state education officials

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, April 25, 2013 – About a half-dozen Minnesota school districts ran into problems Wednesday when they tried to administer online assessment tests. Some state education officials some fear the testing delays might hurt student test scores. Troubles with the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests, or MCAs, have been going on for a […]

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