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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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Book Review: Success Across the Hudson

A once vital industrial hub in New Jersey remakes its school system by building on its strengths, emphasizing “the ensemble, not the prima donna.”

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Elizabeth Green’s Building A Better Teacher

Imagine you’re given several years of pedagogical study (or several weeks of training, as the case may be). Then you are thrown into a dunk tank, a classroom full of students who expect you to teach. Now, imagine you’re expected to make sure those students come away with knowledge and perform well on standardized test […]

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Opt-Out Movement Draws Teachers to Its Ranks

Teachers and administrators are taking on leading roles in opting students out of standardized tests.

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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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New York Becomes First State to Drop GED

This week, New York became the first state to opt out of the GED, the most widely used high-school equivalency test in the country, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Department of Education said it has offered an $8.4 million, three-year contract to McGraw-Hill Companies to develop a new exam that will replace the GED. […]

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Pineapple was Originally an Eggplant

“The Hare and the Pineapple,” the story that stumped eighth-grade test takers last month, was changed by test publishers for the New York State Reading Exam. One crucial switch: the pineapple was originally an eggplant. Daniel Pinkwater, the author of the nonsense story, voices his discontent in a New Yorker article by Ben McGrath.

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Talking Pineapple Question Stumps Students

A question on an eighth-grade state test regarding talking pineapples puzzled students and teacher and led to criticism, The New York Daily News reported.

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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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