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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How a decade of testing made education ‘significantly’ better

The Washington Post – Jim Tankersley

“Believe it or not kids, there was once a time when public school years didn’t revolve around standardized tests. That time ended in 2002, when President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into law. The bill pushed states to set challenging metrics for student achievement, to test kids against those metrics and to take action against schools that didn’t push more and more students to clear the bar every year. By 2014, the law said, every schoolkid in America would need to show proficiency in reading and math.” (more)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Big Year Looms for Common-Core Testing

Education Week – Catherine Gewertz

“For four years, schools in nearly every state have been working to put the Common Core State Standards into practice in classrooms, but few have put them to the test—literally. This year, that changes…Schools will be held responsible for how well they’ve imparted the new standards…” (more)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Are elementary school start times too early for young children?

Floyd County Times – Staff Writer

“…the research was led by Peggy S. Keller, UK associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She found that earlier school start times were associated with lower standardized test scores, poorer attendance, lower school rank and school under-performance.” (more)

The Three Dimensions of Student Achievement

Education Week – Ron Berger

“When a student is finished with school and moves into adult life, she will be judged not by her ability to perform on a test of basic skills, but by the quality of her work and character. This holds true regardless of what career or life role she chooses. Quality work and character are the keys to a successful life. So why are they not the primary focus of schools?” (more)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Students in Fla. Choice Program Keep Up With National Learning Gains, Study Says

Education Week – Andrew Ujifusa

“With Florida’s tax-credit scholarship program slated to expand its reach in upcoming years, a study of 2012-13 academic year test scores from students in the program shows they are keeping up with their counterparts across the country when it comes to learning gains on national norm-referenced tests.” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

After 20-Year Hiatus, U.S. to Rejoin International Math and Science Test

Education Week – Sarah D. Sparks

“American seniors will once again test their advanced mathematics and physics prowess against that of students in other countries next spring, as the United States rejoins the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study’s advanced program for the first time in 20 years.” (more)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Future of Test-based Accountability

Education Next – Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst

“In the U.S., the principal lever for K-12 public education reform for the last 40 years has been test-based accountability. Prior to the 1970s, individual school districts bore nearly all of the responsibility for determining what the students within their purview needed to know and be able to do to advance from grade to grade and graduate from high school. Districts, in turn, deeded this responsibility to teachers in the form of the end-of-year or end-of-course grades they assigned to their students.” (more)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

End Of Year Exams Show Georgia High School Students Still Struggle With Math

GPB – Ellen Reinhardt

“Georgia’s high school students saw improvement in statewide end of course tests, but they are still struggling with math…the math tests were changed to align them with tougher expectations that will be implemented across the board next year.” (more)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Florida Test Scores Rise as Common Core Looms

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Florida students are doing better than ever on their end-of-year exams. Approximately 65% of first-time test takers passed the algebra exam needed to graduate, up from 64% last year. Top scores also were reported in US history, geometry, and biology.” (more)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Watching violence on TV may alter your brain

Business Standard – Staff Writer

“Young adult men who watch more violence on television show indications of less mature brain development and poorer executive functioning, according to a new study.” (more)