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Breathing Room for Teacher Evaluation – Will ED Extend Approach to Teacher Prep?

Sharon P. Robinson, CEO, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), September 2, 2014 Recently U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a statement responding to widespread concerns about standardized testing—saying that “testing issues today are sucking the oxygen out of the room in a lot of schools” and offering to delay by a year the […]

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The Tough Decision to Leave the Classroom

Josh Waldron, www.iamjwal.com, June 2, 2014  As the title of this post suggests, I have made the tough decision to leave the classroom for good at the end of this school year. The decision is a painful one — both personally and professionally. It is also a public one, as I’ve been honored as recently […]

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I am pro-child, and I opt out

Sarah Lahm, Twin Cities Daily Planet, April 7, 2014 Tonight, I will be in St. Cloud, speaking to a group of parents about how and why to opt their children out of the upcoming MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) tests. I have also recently connected with parents in a district just north of the Twin Cities, […]

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Rethinking “Data-Driven”

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, March 27, 2014 – Outside of a few contexts, the phrase “data-driven decision making” would provoke either yawns or vague anxieties brought on by images of spreadsheets and regression lines. In education, however, the phrase will get the blood pumping. Sometimes the rush will be one of excitement, as the term has […]

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Who Questions the Test Questioners?

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, October 10, 2013 – For a public service, too much standardized testing operates behind a veil of secrecy. We have a more polite term for it—“test security”—but what it amounts to is secrecy. When I was teaching, sealed MCA testing packets would arrive in boxes at our school. At the beginning of each test, […]

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Fewer, Better Tests Can Boost Student Achievement

Marc Tucker, Linda Darling-Hammond and John Jackson, Education Week, October 7, 2013 – Both Democrats and Republicans have submitted proposals to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the federal law governing K-12 education that has not been revamped since the much-maligned No Child Left Behind Act—the latest iteration of the ESEA—was signed into law in 2002. Among […]

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More parents opting kids out of standardized tests

Katie Zezima, Associated Press (MPR), September 8, 2013 – DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, N.J. – While his eighth-grade classmates took state standardized tests this spring, Tucker Richardson woke up late and played basketball in his Delaware Township driveway. Tucker’s parents, Wendy and Will, are part of a small but growing number of parents nationwide who are ensuring their children […]

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Role of standardized tests changing in Minnesota

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, August 31, 2013 – The proof that the standardized test is evolving from a high-stakes, sometimes punitive tool to an information provider was in evidence last week after the release of tepid scores on this spring’s state exams. Notably absent were the alarms that historically would have followed such a showing on […]

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Get ready for ‘disappointment,’ political spin with new school-test results

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, August 12, 2013 – In the dog days left before the start of the new school year, watch for a flurry of headlines about standardized tests in Minnesota schools. Depending on who is doing the talking, the tests are either the beginning of a new, more rational era, the beginning of the end […]

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