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Beyond the Test Scores at the Harlem Children’s Zone

When the Harlem Children’s Zone opened a charter school in a housing project, it set out to raise test scores. While grades haven’t improved dramatically, the school has helped to create a community and is slowly changing the culture of the neighborhood.

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College Board Attempts to Rescue the SAT by Changing the Exam

The SAT college admission test will no longer require a timed essay and will dwell less on fancy vocabulary. This also means changes in how test prep companies prepare students.| AP Photo

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School Report Cards Can Motivate Students

When the Provost of Miami Edison Senior High School, Dr. Pablo Ortiz, interrupted seventh period over the public address system, everyone knew something big was happening: “Teachers, apologies for interrupting your class. Beginning with the third floor, please bring your students to the auditorium immediately.” There was collective groan from the teachers in the building, […]

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One Size Does Not Fit All: An Interview with 17-Year-Old Author Nikhil Goyal

Nikhil Goyal is the 17-year-old author of 2012’s One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School, a book that takes an exhaustive look at the U.S. school system and gives suggestions on how to transform it.

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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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Several Parents Announce Boycott of High-Stakes Standardized Tests in NYC

At a press conference today at the Bloomingdale Family Program on the Upper West Side, several parents announced that they would be boycotting the high-stakes standardized testing, which begins in schools in the city and state tomorrow, by opting their children out. Six parents – unaffiliated with any organization – ran the press conference. They […]

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Can an e-Rater grade the truth?

A study by the College of Education at the University of Akron found that computers can accurately grade test essays, but New York Times columnist, Michael Winerip, explores how the “e-Rater” can be faulty.

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Panelists Shael Polakow-Suransky, Sean Feeney, Elijah Hawkes and moderator Meredith Kolodner speak to an audience of parents, teachers, and administrators

Tweed Hall Official Takes Public Fire Over High-Stakes Testing

New York City Department of Education Chief Accountability Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky addressed protests over high-stakes testing in a panel discussion on March 19.

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The Big Test: What’s the Answer to the SAT?

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

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State Officials Agree On Teacher Evaluation System

New York State education officials and the state teachers’ union reached a last-minute agreement last Thursday on a new evaluation system, according to the New York Times. The agreement allows school districts to base up to 40 percent of a teacher’s annual review on standardized test results. The remaining 60 percent will come from classroom […]

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