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Florida takes steps to limit standardized testing

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When Teachers Cheat

Rampant conspiracies to alter kids' scores, including the one that resulted in the recent conviction of 11 Atlanta educators, attest to the dangers of high-stakes testing.<p>The social scientist Donald T. Campbell offered an insightful analysis of American education in his 1976 paper, "Assessing the …

Education

A Brief History of Standardized Testing

The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

Our best universities have forgotten that the reason they exist is to make minds, not careers<p>By William Deresiewicz<p>June 1, 2008<p><i>Listen to a narrated</i> …

How elite universities are killing the American dream

The American Dream isn’t dead. It’s just moved to Denmark.<p>Now, we like to think of ourselves as a classless society, but it isn’t true today. As the Brookings Institution has pointed out, America has turned into a place Horatio Alger would scarcely recognize: we have more inequality and less …

College & University

Credit For Actually Learning–Not Time In Class–Is Shaking Up Higher Education

In its place, a growing number of institutions are developing courses based on “competency”–or what students actually learn–rather than the number of …

Harvard Business School's Role in Widening Inequality

No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School – inculcating in them a set of ideas …

Harvard Business School

Back to School, and to Widening Inequality

American kids are getting ready to head back to school. But the schools they're heading back to differ dramatically by family income.<p>Which helps explain the growing achievement gap between lower- and higher-income children.<p>Thirty years ago, the average gap on SAT-type tests between children of …

The Teaching Class

Image by Zeke Berman<p>When Mary Margaret Vojtko died last September—penniless and virtually homeless and eighty-three years old, having been referred …

How Higher Education Can Improve Economic Mobility in the United States

Imagine if a century ago free access to a high school education in the United States had been available only to the wealthiest families. Imagine, …

The Structure of Success in America

In America perhaps only race is a more sensitive subject than the way we sort ourselves out in the struggle for success. At the center of that struggle are higher education and ETS, the Educational Testing Service. Herewith an inside look at the history and workings of one of the most familiar yet …

School Segregation, the Continuing Tragedy of Ferguson — ProPublica

On August 1, five black students in satiny green and red robes and mortar boards waited inside an elementary school classroom, listening for their …

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

And other insights from a ground-breaking study of how parents impact children’s academic achievement<p>One of the central tenets of raising kids in America is that parents should be actively involved in their children’s education: meeting with teachers, volunteering at school, helping with homework, …

The Plot Against Public Education

How millionaires and billionaires are ruining our schools.<p>In June 2010 Bush gave the commencement speech to graduates of a huge, for-profit virtual school in Columbus, Ohio, called the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. Bush used the occasion to extol the virtues of online learning, but in fact the …

To end inequality we must understand how poverty works – Claire Melamed

Close observers of the development scene will have noticed an interesting shift over the past few years. Where once institutions such as the World …

Housed

When I was only a few months old, a fortune-teller warned my mother of my financial recklessness. Recorded on a cassette tape that my mother used to …

How to Stop the Bullies

The angst and ire of teenagers is finding new, sometimes dangerous expression online—precipitating threats, fights, and a scourge of harrassment that parents and schools feel powerless to stop. The inside story of how experts at Facebook, computer scientists at MIT, and even members of the hacker …

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them.<p>You hear a lot nowadays about the magic of big data. Getting hold of the right numbers can increase …

The Big Business of Breast Cancer

Some $6 billion a year is committed to breast cancer research and awareness campaigns. Is it any wonder that the disease has become a gold mine for pink profiteers and old-fashioned hucksters?<p>Aside from the slow-rolling hot dogs at concession stands and the sideline billboards for Hubba Bubba …