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OPINION: Resuming universal standardized testing in America’s public schools would be ‘foolhardy’

Should we resume standardized testing of students this spring? Policymakers place great stock in standardized test scores. In 1983, a landmark federal report, A Nation at Risk, pointed to declines over time in SAT scores and the U.S.’s middling performance on international assessments to claim a “rising tide of mediocrity” in American education. The report […]

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TEACHER VOICE: Already affected by crisis in their own countries, refugee students are left behind in online learning

When schools across the nation shut their doors due to spread of the novel coronavirus, we were all left wondering, what now? What does this mean for teaching and learning? How do we, as educators, stay connected with our students and families? What resources can we count on? What should we expect? As reopening guidelines […]

Posted inElementary to High School

COLUMN: Standardized tests aren’t the problem, it’s how we use them

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is refusing to back down on a federal requirement that states administer standardized tests this year, although a letter to state leaders from the U.S. Department of Education last month said that states will have flexibility on how to apply results. States concerned about the safety of administering a test […]

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OPINION: Kindergarten is more than preparation for first grade, and we need to take it back

Kindergarten should not merely establish a springboard for success in upper grades. It is also the developmental foundation for mastery of content that is the focus of elementary, middle and high school. More K-12 schools are emphasizing the noncognitive skills that students can access throughout their schooling and careers. There is good reason to make […]

Posted inJill Barshay

PROOF POINTS: Should parents value academic achievement or academic growth in a school?

Imagine you’re a parent relocating to a major metropolitan area. The quality of the schools will likely factor into your decision about where to live. Googling around, you might look at websites such as GreatSchools and Niche to compare academic ratings, demographics and family income among school districts.  The devilish details of this data matter. […]

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As Republicans stress political fiction over facts, students’ math and reading scores fall

Last week, the National Center for Education Statistics released the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for mathematics and reading in the fourth and eighth grades. The top-level findings of the report, also known as the Nation’s Report Card, show that academic achievement across the United States in these critical subjects has stalled. Gaps […]