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April 16, 2015 - 11:20 am CDT

Jan Resseger explains how the test-and-punish system inevitably leads to cheating, harming both teachers and students in the recent Atlanta cheating scandal and beyond. Read the full article. 

April 14, 2015 - 10:49 am CDT
All over the country, a growing movement of parents, teachers and students is rising up against overtesting, school closings and shady schemes that channel public funds into private schools. Where will Hillary stand?
April 14, 2015 - 10:37 am CDT
I am the product of the Iowa public schools.
April 8, 2015 - 11:24 am CDT
NY BATs voices its strong disgust with the passing of Governor Cuomo’s education reforms. The YES votes in the Legislature have thrown New York State Education into years of chaos, re-empowering the same entities that created the current statewide APPR crisis, costing NY districts millions. This will be the fifth consecutive proposal to “fix” education in as many years without acknowledging the most obvious obstacles to learning in our communities such as underfunding of schools in impoverished areas.
April 8, 2015 - 9:01 am CDT
If I had to boil my conversation with these five students down to one sentence, it would be this: It’s not the MCAs, stupid; it’s everything else.
April 6, 2015 - 12:27 pm CDT

On Wednesday afternoon eleven convictions were handed down in the Atlanta schools test-cheating scandal. On the one hand, this is a local issue—merely one city’s tragedy with the local response to the federal testing law, No Child Left Behind, and all the law’s demands for something radical to happen right now. But this one local consequence is emblematic of the way things can go when laws pressure real people to implement policies that have nothing whatever to do with reality.

March 23, 2015 - 10:13 am CDT
As a county's childhood poverty rate increases, its test scores decrease.
March 18, 2015 - 11:00 am CDT
Where is any guidance for students, or their parents, as to what they were getting themselves into when they sat down to take the PARCC?


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