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New school accountability measures must be careful not to reinforce student poverty

Michael Hansen, The Brown Center Chalkboard, January 4, 2016  The newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act offers reprieve to states that felt encumbered by No Child Left Behind’s onerous school accountability measures. Not only will the ambitious 100 percent proficiency standard no longer loom over the shoulders of state superintendents, but under the new law, states […]

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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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Test prep for 5-year-olds is a real thing. Here’s what it looks like.

Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet, September 2, 2015 Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post It’s no secret that for some years now, kindergarten, once a time when youngsters spent the day learning through structured play, has become focused on academics, forcing young kids to sit in their chairs working for far longer […]

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Standardized Testing: Kid Tested, Mother Approved

Erika Sanzi and Holly Kragthorpe, EducationPost, March 24, 2015 There’s no doubt about it: We could do a lot to improve standardized testing in our schools. State tests could be designed to be more engaging for students and provide more timely and relevant information for teachers and parents. Schools could do a better job ensuring […]

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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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Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

Christopher Chase, Creative by Nature, February 21, 2015 “The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential, explore their creative interests. Those things you’re not testing…it’s a rank that’s mostly meaningless. And the very ranking itself is harmful. It’s turning […]

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No profit left behind: In the high-stakes world of American education, Pearson makes money even when its results don’t measure up.

Stephanie Simon, Politico, February 10, 2015  The British publishing giant Pearson had made few inroads in the United States — aside from distributing the TV game show “Family Feud” — when it announced plans in the summer of 2000 to spend $2.5 billion on an American testing company. It turned out to be an exceptionally […]

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