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Andrea Rediske knew her special-needs son had no business taking standardized tests. He was born with brain damage. He suffers from cerebral palsy and is legally blind. Just teaching Ethan to say "yes" or "no" — or even keep his gaze focused...
Professional word merchants can get a little insecure when some unjournalist comes along and does a better job of putting passages together. It happens to me all too often. I'll write a column filled with dazzling piquancy and logic, and along comes...
On the surface, the "Keystone Exams" action by the State Board of Education appears to establish firm standards for high school graduation in Pennsylvania. 'It's official," began Saturday's story in The Morning Call. "Students in Pennsylvania will be...
To fully appreciate how deeply flawed Tallahassee's approach to public education is, you must look beyond the recent news of abysmal FCAT scores — and look at how we got here. You see, FCAT was supposed to be a simple fix for a complicated problem....
"Good evening. I'm your host of PBS 39's 'Scholastic Scrimmage,' where high school scholars from all over the Lehigh Valley match wits. Our competitors today are from Southern Northwestern and Louis E. Dieruff high schools. Is everyone ready? Let's...
You have undoubtedly heard the expression, “In a perfect world...” At a statewide education conference, our organization developed its 2013 legislative agenda. Although some of our proposals seem unattainable, that got me to thinking about...
Yes A great teacher is not going to create a classroom of ace test-takers. Some people are just bad at standardized exams. But students learning from good educators will show better results than those being taught by bad ones. State officials are...
No The state is once again using the wrong measuring stick to gauge the education system. Introducing a teacher-evaluation system that puts additional emphasis on how students perform on standardized tests will not cultivate America’s next...
Steve Franklin, a middle school teacher in L.A. Unified, had some issues with The Times series on teacher evaluations, so he fired off a letter to the editor. It read, in part: "When somebody can prove that high test scores produce good citizens,...
SACRAMENTO -- Grading teachers based on how much their students learn should be a no-brainer. In fact, state law for more than three decades has required that pupil progress be one of the factors in evaluating teachers. But, as it turns out, when...
The FCAT is a bit of a mess right now. The scores came late. They may be wrong. And the company that taxpayers pay $254 million to run the thing can't seem to do its job right. Maybe now's a good time to reconsider whether Florida should make this...
L.A. NOWA plan to suspend California’s standardized testing for certain grades while new computerized exams are developed could save $15 million, the state’s top education official said Wednesday. State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson...
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