Assessment

8/16/2013

8/16/2013

The data show that among the state's largest school districts, San Diego Unified has the top scores in English Language Arts and NCLB Science; San Francisco and Garden Grove are the next in line. Other large districts used in the comparison are those in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fresno, San Bernardino, Sacramento and Oakland.

8/16/2013

A school’s grade means that my children will be taught to the test and will not get a full, rounded education, as I did at their age. A school’s grade implies that there is a correlation between a higher grade and increased pressure put on teachers, administration and students to perform. The test dictates what the child will learn.

8/16/2013

An old Army buddy of mine invited me for a weekend of golf recently. Imagine my surprise if I found that, in Florida, they used a smaller golf ball. Mine would not fit in the holes and my clubs and swing would not be calibrated to the Florida balls. Fortunately, this never happens because the game of golf has standards. All balls must meet the same size, weight, velocity, and distance specifications to be considered a “golf ball.” 

8/14/2013

8/14/2013

A close examination of two medium-sized school districts' standardized testing calendars found that kids are losing out on receiving a full, high-quality education because of pervasive test preparation and testing, according to a report released by the American Federation of Teachers.

8/14/2013

Public schools’ standardized test scores will drop this year, June Atkinson, state superintendent of public instruction, said Monday.

8/14/2013

In 2011, the Hillsborough County school district took the unusual step of embracing single-gender education, establishing separate boys’ and girls’ academies in a pair of middle schools in east Tampa.

8/14/2013

Historically, Pennsylvania teachers were rated solely on classroom observation. Beginning in 2013-14, a new state law requires half of the rating to be based on observation and half on student outcomes in all school districts.

8/14/2013

Here is an unlikely duel: It's Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, vs. Matt Damon, actor and activist, over school accountability measures.

8/13/2013

8/13/2013

The wealthiest schools never get Fs, and schools with high populations of poor students face an uphill battle to even get a C. The trend is visible through a decade-plus of school grade results, dating back to the first grades issued in 1999.

8/12/2013

8/12/2013

When taking tests, students of color aren’t just worrying about the exam itself, but about what people might think of them and their ethnic group once the results come in.

8/12/2013

New accountability system uses test scores, graduation rates and college admission exams to calculate indexes for student achievement, student progress, student readiness for college or work and how well a school is helping disadvantaged children.

8/12/2013

California education officials have flagged 242 schools statewide, including 15 in the Sacramento area, for possible cheating concerns because their students shared test-related photos on social media.

8/9/2013

8/9/2013

Just 26 percent of students in grades 3-8 passed the New York state tests in English, and 30 percent passed in math, according to the N.Y. State Education Department. Fewer than last year, this news is unsettling to parents, principals, and teachers and poses new challenges to a national effort to toughen academic standards.

8/6/2013

8/6/2013

As if applying to college isn’t taxing enough, the process seems to have been ratcheted up another notch. Ambitious high school students are no longer content with just one college admissions test.

8/5/2013

8/5/2013

Setting less ambitious academic achievement goals for black and Hispanic students in Florida is discriminatory, according to a civil rights complaint filed Friday with the U.S. Department of Justice.

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