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American schools too focused on standardized testing, study finds

The number of standardized tests public school students take has exploded in the past decade, with most schools requiring too many tests of dubious …

Polk County teacher's resignation result of standardized testing

A Polk County teacher has posted her resignation letter online and it's gone viral.<p>Wendy Bradshaw said she can't justify making students cry anymore. …

Education

Lessons Learned from Standardized Testing

<i>Soccer Without Borders Oakland graduates with their coaches on graduation day</i><p>Standardized testing is one of the most heated debates in education, with President Obama recently calling for limits on the amount of time kids can spend taking those tests. The expansion of standardized testing came from …

Paul Reville: Standardized Testing Has Gone Overboard

School testing a mixed bag, study says

The efforts to put pressure on Texas schools during the 1990s to raise test scores improved some students’ life chances and but hindered those of …

Standardization isn’t Just Killing Students’ Creativity

It’s Killing Their Love of Creativity<p>I n the state of Texas, the first standardized test students have to take is in third grade. And the preparation …

Teaching

Why standardized testing is hurting college bound students

Standardized testing is a huge buzzword in education right now. Is it good? Is it bad? Is a little bit of both? This debate may never end. I remember …

Accountability and Testing: Distorting Teaching, Learning, and Public Education

<b>To continue my critique of the “accountability and testing regime,” I have been thinking about what the ultimate goals of those whose faith and</b> …

Behind the Headline: Standardized Testing Works, Depending On Where You Go To School

<b>On Top of the News</b> <br>Standardized Testing Works, Depending On Where You Go To School <i><br>Boston Globe</i> | 12/2/15<p><b>Behind the Headline</b> <br>When Does Accountability …

Education

Those Teachable Moments in a Standardized World

Does standardized testing stifle teacher creativity?<p>Or are teachers their own worst enemy?<p>They say there's no such thing as a stupid question. 'They' have clearly never been a middle school teacher.<p>There is not enough patience in the world to repeatedly answer questions about your love-life (or in …

Finding the sweet spot of reason in evaluating schools and teachers

The pendulum of American public education policy is swinging back, away from the stiff reform agenda of the past decade and a half. And the reformers themselves bear a share of the responsibility for the backlash. The No Child Left Behind Act, passed by Congress in 2001, will no doubt be remembered …

Education

The Ever-Changing Landscape of Standardized Testing for College Admissions

It's been nearly 90 years since the first Scholastic Aptitude Test was administered in 1926. Originally intended to help identify academically gifted students from underprivileged backgrounds, the test claimed to measure innate ability--hence the "Aptitude" part of the name. The SAT has changed …

New York Superintendents call for an end to evaluating teachers on standardized test results

Labeling children on the basis of unfair, inappropriate and discriminatory standardized tests is bad public policy. Evaluating teachers on the scores …

Screen time can be harmful for brain development: U of A study

EDMONTON – Now more than ever before, kids and parents are using electronic devices.<p>However, recent studies from a group of Alberta researchers say …

Physicist slams new curriculum plan for B.C. schools

A physicist at Simon Fraser University who helps assess the education of high school students bound for his institution is giving a failing grade to a proposed new physics curriculum that is part of an overhaul of what is taught in British Columbia schools.<p>"It's slapdash," says Steve Dodge, an …

Teaching the Whole Child: Waldorf Schools and Exemplary Teacher Engagement

Waldorf schools take an unconventionally nurturing approach to learning, making them a unique approach to education. Initially, some viewed the schools as emphasizing play over learning, but now a growing number recognize that the Waldorf model supports educational and personal habits which often …

Surprising idea for special education students: Go to college

In Portland and around the country, a generation of children with intellectual disabilities has grown up integrated into their schools and society …

Teachers Make Less Than Peers in Almost Any Other Job

The image of teachers as underpaid and overworked, laboring in the trenches of an increasingly ramshackle public school system, has become a staple …

Education

Why 'Tired Teachers' Might Hold The Clue To The Teacher Shortage

<i>During an event at the RSA, editor Laura McInerney revealed for the first time the paper’s investigations into ‘Tired Teachers’</i><p>Over the summer our …

DPS facing surge of midyear teacher departures

Denzel Devezin's English teacher retired at the end of September.<p>Since then, at least seven substitute teachers have stood in front of his classroom …

Education

Can Textbooks Save Our Worst Teachers? - Cooper on Curriculum

In one of his TED Talks, Seth Godin mocks textbooks:<p>The textbook! Now if you want to teach somebody how to become passionate about…American history,</i> …

Has your child been forgotten by their school?

Around 20 per cent of children never feature in exam tables. A new initiative aims to change that, says Jenny Hulme<p>At a large comprehensive school on the Wirral in Cheshire, a parent and teacher are deep in discussion. The subject is 12-year-old Simon*, who isn’t interested in school, isn’t making …

A heart wrenching story from a teacher in Tennessee.  Could have been Connecticut or anywhere…

Read the story posted by a Tennessee teacher yesterday. Then convert what will undoubtedly be your sadness and anger into action. Election Day 2016 …

To build a better teacher, Harvard launches program aimed at quality

As the country debates the best way to improve the quality of teachers in struggling public schools, Harvard University is launching a training program it hopes will serve as a national model.<p>Starting in January, about two dozen Harvard seniors will begin a three-year fellowship designed to combine …

Common Core ignites math war in North Carolina

Sydney Young is a confident, vivacious 10-year-old who was comfortable recently showing a classroom full of parents at Fuquay-Varina Elementary …

Education

Find your school: Survey of leadership, teachers, culture and atmosphere

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Extreme Sports

More unqualified teachers taking lessons, suggests research

<b>More than one in 10 schools in England are using more unqualified teachers to take lessons in response to growing teacher shortages, research suggests.</b><p>The Times Education Supplement (TES) says a survey of nearly 250 heads revealed almost half had unfilled positions in their schools.<p>The survey, by …

The point of Educational Theory -my tuppence worth

A point of research is often cited as ‘making the ordinary seem extraordinary’ – to this, a value judgment of my own educational research. An …

The Difference Between Supports and Services for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

Supports<p>Services<p>What they are<p>Changes to <i>how</i> and <i>what</i> students learn, aimed at helping them succeed in school. That might mean making progress or …