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Ravitch Takes Aim at the Marketplace Reformers

Diane Ravitch takes critical aim at American education reform in The Death and Life of the Great American School System (2010), evaluating the effectiveness of standardized testing, choice, and charter schools. The book hinges on her “wrenching transformation” from advocate to critic of testing, accountability, and choice-based reforms. For years surrounded by conservative thinkers, and, […]

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A Candid and Controversial Look at School Reform

“The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” Diane Ravitch’s 20th book, reflects on her shift from conservative to more liberal views on education. However, she makes the point toward the end of the book that she never changed her fundamental ideology of education — mainly that everyone should be afforded a high-quality education. What changed is her view of how to reach that goal.

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NCLB Waiver Applications Improving

Education Week reports that the latest round of No Child Left Behind applicants have learned from past mistakes and are paying more attention to special education, English speaking classes and at risk students. However, there continues to be limited assessment and quality control measures beyond math and reading classes.

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The Big Test: An Informed History, A Decade Too Early

Nicholas Lemann dives into the past of America’s most famous test.

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