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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Best and worst education news of 2014 — a teacher’s list

Here is veteran teacher Larry Ferlazzo’s annual list for the best/worst education news of the year. Ferlazzo teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.  He has written seven books on education, writes a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher and has his own popular resource-sharing blog. See if […]

Why is Christmas on Dec. 25? (It wasn’t always.)

Christmas is on Dec. 25, but it wasn’t always. Dec. 25 is not the date mentioned in the Bible as the day of Jesus’s birth; the Bible is actually silent on the day or the time of year  when Mary was said to have given birth to him in Bethlehem. The earliest Christians did not […]

We are trying to close the achievement gap all wrong — teacher

You can’t have a conversation about education reform without the words “achievement gap” coming in at some point, along with specific plans on how to close it. But are policymakers attempting to close it in an effective way? James Boutin, a veteran high school teacher just south of Seattle, Washington, answers in the following post. […]

A 2015 wish list for every U.S. child

Here’s a wish list for every child in the  United States for 2015. It was written by Elaine Weiss, who  has served as the national coordinator for the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education since 2011. Broader Bolder is a national campaign that acknowledges the impact of social and economic disadvantage on schools and students and […]

SAT cheating in Asia: More scores are withheld, but College Board won’t say how many

For the third straight month, some SAT scores in Asia are being withheld because of allegations of widespread cheating, this time on the December administration of the college entrance exam. The same thing happened in November, and in October, and in September. After each administration in those three months, scores on the college admissions test […]

Teacher: What I don’t have time to do anymore — and what I’d do if I had it

Teachers need a lot of things: more respect, higher salaries, etc. But  one teacher says there’s something they need more than anything. Time. This was written by Jake Miller, who teaches seventh-grade U.S. history in Pennsylvania and who has taught several subjects in all grades from sixth through twelfth. He is also a music lover, […]

Here’s who got the biggest Gates Foundation education grants for 2014

Bill Gates is famous for many things, including spending hundreds of millions of dollars to develop, promote and defend the Common Core State Standards. In 2014, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded millions more for the Core, plus other issues in the education world. Along with the Common Core, the big winners in terms […]

Should the federal government rate colleges based on graduates’ earnings? It just may do it.

(Update: Response from Republican leaders in Congress) President Obama’s Education Department just released a “draft framework” of its plan to rate  colleges and universities on access, affordability and student outcomes — possibly including on how much a school’s graduates earn — and then to attempt to link some federal aid to the results. The administration […]

Congressional probe of Wisconsin school voucher program sought

Some congressional legislators from Wisconsin are asking the Government Accountability Office — an independent federal agency that provides investigations and evaluations to Congress — to probe Wisconsin’s school voucher program, raising...Show More Summary

Are you a truly bad teacher? Here’s how to tell.

Bad teacher. There was a movie with that title, and now a television series. Time magazine had a recent cover with the title “Rotten Apples” that was not a reference to rotten Honey Crisps. And many school reformers talk about teachers as if nearly all of them are lousy. Certainly some teachers who should be […]

Why kindergarten teachers don’t want to give this test to their students

The state of Maryland has developed a new Common Core-aligned “kindergarten readiness assessment” for teachers to administer to young kids to see, rather obviously, if they are “ready” for kindergarten. Now hundreds of kindergarten teachers who used the computer-based test for the first time this fall are pushing back, saying the assessment is not appropriate […]

Students deliver wish list to school board. There’s one item on it.

Some unusual speakers appeared at the final Pittsburgh school board meeting of the year — students, and they were asking for something. Arts education. In the following post,  Jessie B. Ramey,  a parent of two children in Pittsburgh public schools and a historian of working families, gender, race and U.S. social policy who teaches women’s […]

10-year-old tells school board: ‘I love to read… I love to do math. But I don’t love the PARCC. Why? Because it stinks.’

Elizabeth Blaine is a very smart 10-year-old fourth grader in Montclair Public Schools in New Jersey. She attended a Montclair School Board meeting on Monday night and sat for hours listening to the adults talk before giving testimony (see video below) about a proposed policy to allow parents to opt out their children from taking […]

What Arne Duncan’s new senior adviser did to N.Y. schools

John King is leaving his job as commissioner of New York State schools commissioner to become a senior adviser to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, with the “roles and responsibilities of the deputy secretary,” according to the Education Department, which issued a statement giving King high praise for his work in New York. Some in […]

Major charter researcher causes stir with comments about market-based school reform

Margaret Raymond is the founding director of the Center for Research on Education Outcomes, known as CREDO, which is part of the Hoover Institution located at Stanford University. CREDO’s mission is researching and evaluating educational policy and is best known for its research studies on charter schools in the United States. Raymond this week made […]

Embattled NY education commissioner quitting to become top adviser to Arne Duncan

For months parents and education advocates have been calling for the resignation of New York State Education Commissioner John King. They got their wish. King is leaving his job and moving to Washington, to manage the U.S. Education Department’s operations as a senior adviser to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, according to a spokesman in the […]

The alarming number of school shootings since 2012 killings in Newtown

There have been 95 shootings on K-12 and college campuses — an average of nearly one every week — in the two years since the deadly attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to a new analysis. These shootings have left 45 people dead and 78 injured. Twenty children and six adults […]

For third straight month, cheating alleged on SAT given in Asia

(Update: New comment from College Board) It happened in October, again in November, and now in December. Test proctors in Asia are reporting that students who took the SAT on Dec. 6 told them that they knew the questions on the exam before it was given, providing them with an unfair advantage over those who […]

A new (somewhat sarcastic) Common Core reading list

There has been a lot of controversy swirling around the Common Core State Standards and their relationship with literature, non-fiction and informational text. (Informational text is non-fiction, but not all non-fiction is informational...Show More Summary

Arizona teacher sues state alleging retaliation for criticizing Common Core

Brad McQueen is a veteran elementary school teacher in the Tanque Verde School District in Arizona. He is suing  John Huppenthal, Arizona’s outgoing superintendent of public instruction, alleging that he was the victim of retaliation by his employer after he spoke out against the Common Core State Standards and a Core-aligned testing consortium, called PARCC. […]

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