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U.S. Education Department threatens to sanction states over test opt-outs

The Opt Out movement has been growing in Minnesota and nationally. “Opt Out” refers to parents and guardians choosing to exclude their students from standardized tests. Valerie Straus’ January 28 Answer Sheet article in the Washington Post discusses potential push-back from the federal government: “Under NCLB and now under ESSA, at least 95 percent of eligible students […]

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President Signs ESEA Rewrite, Giving States, Districts Bigger Say on Policy

Education Week, Alyson Klein, December 10, 2015 UPDATED For the past quarter century, federal education policy has been moving in one direction: toward standards-based education redesign, a greater reliance on standardized tests, and bigger role for Washington when it comes to holding schools accountable for student results. President Barack Obama reversed course with the stroke […]

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Scoring the New Every Student Succeeds Act

Rick Hess, Education Week, November 30, 2015 Parents United reposts news and blogs these for their value, however, posting should not imply our agreement with the thesis. It’s crunch time for the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The week before Thanksgiving, months of intense negotiations yielded a House and Senate deal on their competing […]

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In Minnesota, No Child Left Behind overhaul nears reality

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, November 28, 2015   Minnesotans will have more control over their schools if Congress approves a long-overdue rewrite of the controversial federal No Child Left Behind Act. U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., recently led a bipartisan team of congressional negotiators that put the finishing touches on a compromise to replace the […]

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Why some educators have serious problems with Minnesota’s school accountability system

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, September 14, 2015 Four years after its launch, Minnesota’s homegrown school accountability system is under increasing fire from a growing number of educators and policymakers for failing to accurately and fairly reflect all students’ academic growth. “It’s wildly incomprehensible and arbitrarily designed,” says Kent Pekel, executive director of the Search Institute. Pekel, who has […]

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Kent Pekel: Why the MMR is a misleading way to measure schools

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, September 14, 2015 Because assessment and evaluation in education is terrifically complicated stuff, Kent Pekel, executive director of the Search Institute, asked MinnPost — which contacted him in response to educator complaints — to publish his detailed critique of Minnesota’s Multiple Measurements Ratings. What follows is his full explanation of why he objects to the MMR: […]

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Hall, Garcia: Too much high-stakes testing hurts kids

Lily Eskelsen Garcia and Megan Olivia Hall, Pioneer Press, March 25, 2015 Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much these days. But the compelling arguments for putting an end to No Child Left Behind — or as we like to call it, “No Child Left Untested” — seem to be bringing the two sides together. […]

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Lily Eskelsen Garcia and Megan Olivia Hall, Pioneer Press, March 25, 2015   Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much these days. But the compelling arguments for putting an end to No Child Left Behind — or as we like to call it, “No Child Left Untested” — seem to be bringing the two sides […]

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White House threatens veto of GOP bill to fix maligned No Child Left Behind education law

Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press; Star Tribune, February 25, 2015 WASHINGTON — The White House is threating to veto a Republican bill to fix the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law that is set for debate in the House on Wednesday, calling it “a significant step backwards.” Republicans say the bill would restore local control […]

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan to outline education priorities and defend testing

Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post, January 9, 2015 As a new Congress gets to work to rewrite the 2002 federal education law known as No Child Left Behind, the Obama administration is drawing what Education Secretary Arne Duncan calls a “line in the sand”: The federal government must continue to require states to give annual, standardized […]

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