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Luba Ostashevsky

Luba Ostashevsky is a contributing writer to The Hechinger Report. She is also the managing editor of This View of Life, a magazine about human evolution, and a teaching assistant in the chemistry department at Hunter College. She has written for Aeon, Popular Science, Nautilus, among others. She became interested in education since she stepped into an elementary school in Brooklyn as a second-grader after immigrating from Russia and not understanding a word.

Recent Stories

Twenty-one and in high school

A Bronx school bets on relationships to give high school dropouts a second chance

As economy rebounds, state funding for higher education isn’t bouncing back

Unlike after previous recessions, public higher-education spending is stubbornly down

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Here’s how some education programs are trying to help

Kentucky thoroughly sold its educators on Common Core. How?

Three years, 50,000 miles on an old Ford, and 173 school districts to cover: How Kentucky launched the Common Core standards

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While they are successful at assessing students’ knowledge of the new standards, one finding shows that the proficiency levels are set too low

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So what do the exams, now being conducted in classrooms nationwide, actually measure?