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What we did — and didn’t — learn from education research in 2012

Published on: 
Thu, 01/17/2013

School reformers this year had something of a banner year, moving ahead with key initiatives such as using standardized test scores to evaluate teachers, expanding charter schools and establish

The answer Sheet: Moco schools chief calls for three-year moratorium on standardized testing

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Thu, 12/13/2012
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua Starr said Monday that the country needs a three-year moratorium on standardized testing and needs to “stop the insanity” of  evaluating teachers ac

The supplies kids really need for school

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Wed, 09/05/2012
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Markers and notebooks? Of course. Calculators and backpacks? Sure. But more important?

Three ed reforms parents should worry about most

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Sun, 08/26/2012
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Although I agree that we should all make a serious commitment to improving education, I worry that reformers, many of whom have built careers and fame

The hard bigotry of poverty: Why ignoring it will doom school reform

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Tue, 08/07/2012
Media Source: 
Washington Post

This was written by Brock Cohen, a teacher and student advocate in the Los Angeles Unified School District who contends that we can no longer afford to trivialize the critical role that po

3 new guidelines for ‘healthy homework’

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Thu, 06/28/2012
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Back in the early 1900s, homework was deemed by some to be dangerous to children’s health, and for years some school districts limited or outright banned homework.

The fantasies driving school reform: A primer for education graduates

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Sun, 05/13/2012
Media Source: 
Washington Post
This is the text of the commencement speech that Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, gave this past weekend at the Loyola University Chicago School of Education.

When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids

Published on: 
Wed, 12/14/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

QUIZ: Take part of the test that the local school board member took in the story below: