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“No” To Testing: Boycotts and Alternatives

Standardized testing was a hot-button issue this year, especially as tests grew longer as new Common Core standards are implemented. Some parents and educators are against the time test preparation takes away from classroom instruction, as well as the high-stakes use of tests to evaluate schools and teachers. Standardized testing’s reputation was further hit by […]

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Pooja Bhaskar teaching a 9th grade science class.

Transitions: Bread & Roses Staff Faces an Uncertain Future

With Bread & Roses beginning its phase out next school year, ninth grade teacher Pooja Bhaskar and guidance counselor Sabrina Cochran worry that they will no longer be needed.

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Transitions: The Human Cost of School Closings

Caught in the middle of a school reform battle over closures and phase-outs are the students, staff and administrators whose lives and educational careers are disrupted. These are their stories.

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Transitions: New Beginnings and Lasting Memories at Bread & Roses

Their high school is going to start the phase-out process next year. Ninth graders Jeremy Rivera and Nakia Watson have the chance to transfer to better schools, but will they?

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Tasneema Sultana before her oral presentation

Preparing the Portfolio: One Student’s Journey

Students at Manhattan International High School hail from 57 different countries and between them speak 44 languages. To graduate, they complete a senior portfolio as part of the performance assessment system instead of taking five Regents exams. Follow senior Tasneema Sultana’s journey as she puts the finishing touches on her portfolio.

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Portraits Of Newcomers And Dreamers

“The New Kids” by Brooke Hauser presents intimate portraits of immigrant teens trying to settle into the rhythm of high school life at the International High School at Prospect Heights. Each of them has a unique story and their own struggles, but many share the same dream of succeeding in America.

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A.D.H.D. Diagnoses On The Rise

The New York Times reports that an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 in the United States received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at some point in their lives. The disorder affects nearly one in five high school age boys and 11 percent of school-age children. This is a 53 […]

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Evaluation Data Suggests Almost All Teachers Are Effective

It was reported yesterday in the New York Times that a very small percentage of teachers (somewhere around 3 per cent) are ranked as ineffective under the new teacher evaluation systems being rolled out across the country. The evaluations combine students’ high-stakes test results with classroom observations. Some education reformers have been disappointed with the […]

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New DOE Data On Student Retentions And Suspensions

More students were promoted this school year after attending summer school in 2012, according to a GothamSchools report. New Department of Education data released last Friday showed that 7,540 students in third- through eighth- grade (which amounts to 2% of students in city schools) were required to repeat their year after attending summer school, compared […]

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Ex-Atlanta Schools Chief Indicted

After a long state investigation into Atlanta’s cheating scandal, former district superintendent Beverly Hall was indicted yesterday by a Fulton County grand jury, along with 34 other school administrators and teachers, the New York Times reports. Hall was charged with racketeering, theft, influencing witnesses, conspiracy and making false statements, and could face up to 45 […]

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