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By Bond Collard. High-stakes standardized tests are a fact of life in the American education system. The tests were widely adopted through the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, passed under President George W. Bush. Standardized testing in schools was supposed to provide a metric for how well children were …

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By Anthony Cody. We have been seeing the fallout from heavy handed monitoring and enforcement that is coming to us with the new Common Core tests. As I pointed out Sunday, this sort of security is made necessary when you have created a system where heavy consequences are attached to success on these tests. …

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By David Spring. The corporate press likes to say that Common Core and the Common Core-aligned Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test were adopted in Washington state in 2010 or 2011. This might cause one to believe that Common Core and SBAC were adopted a long time ago. In fact, the Common Core was …

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In 2013, I shared a post written by a New York City elementary teacher, entitled “Data Shows Not Enough Teaching.” She is back today with an update, and although there has been a change in administration in New York City, testing at her school is excessive as ever. By Katie Lapham. While the public in New York …

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By Anthony Cody. I first heard of Doug Christensen back in 2008, when he was still serving as Commissioner of Education in Nebraska. He was forced to resign because the locally-based assessment system he had developed there did not meet the mandates of No Child Left Behind — as described in this interview …

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By David Spring and Elizabeth Hansen. Yesterday, several hundred Washington parents, teachers and students rallied at the state capital in Olympia to protest high stakes tests. Some of the leaders of this rally later met with legislators ready to act to change the direction of the state educational system. We …

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By Anonymous Actual Teacher (AAT), Maryland, Feb. 10, 2015 Does everyone remember having to deal with spoiled classmates or spoiled kids in the neighborhood when they were younger? Maybe other parents looked the other way when the little angel would throw a fit to get her way. Well, we hope you can use that …

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By Joe Mislansky. My name is Joe Mislansky and I am a ninth grade student in Ohio, fourth in a class of almost 700. I am against the standardized tests that are being forced upon me and other students in America. We are being treated as numbers on a test. We should be judged by our accomplishments and progress …

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“Remember that fear is natural, but there is greater fear in knowing what will happen if we don’t take a stand.”   – Jia Lee    The following is a War Report on Public Education and Living in Dialogue exclusive interview with Jia Lee.  By Lucianna Sanson. Jia Lee, a special …

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By Julianna Krueger Dauble.  This statement was delivered to the Renton School District Board of Education on Wednesday, January 28. (see details here.) Public Education Stakeholders, Are we willing to stand by while 2/3 of our children fail a state mandated test? Are our children so similar to business …