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Gifted Ed. Is Crucial, But the Label Isn't

Giving students a challenging education is important, regardless of whether they have been designated as 'gifted,' S.J. Peters, S.B. Kaufman, M.S. Matthews, M.T. McBee, and D.B. McCoach write. (April 15, 2014)

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For Science Standards, Begin at the Beginning

New science standards should roll out over time, not launch in all grades at once, Kim Kastens and Abigail Jurist Levy write. (April 14, 2014)

This Toxic Standards Fight Isn't Helping Students

School choice provides an immediate and positive academic solution for students, unlike the hostile fight around the common core, writes Kevin P. Chavous. (April 11, 2014)

Why Performance Tests for New Teachers Make Sense

The leaders of AACTE, AASA, NAESP, and NASSP write in support of performance assessments for prospective teachers. (April 10, 2014)

Why Data Is Education's 'Killer App'

(April 1, 2014)

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OpEducation Blog: Discipline & Equity

This month, in OpEducation, Education Week's Commentary editors asked asked experts from different fields to respond to this prompt: The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education recently issued new guidance on school discipline policies to ensure that suspensions and other disciplinary actions are applied equitably to all students. Do you believe this new guidance was necessary? How will it change practices in schools?" (February 26, 2014)

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Interpretive Discussion: A Route Into Textual Interpretation

Professor Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon extols the virtues of interpretive discussion for enhancing the understanding of curricular material, as opposed to more-restrictive forms of instruction. (April 16, 2014)

'You Mean I'm Not Done Yet?': Using Portfolios to Improve Editing Skills

High school language arts teacher Marie Levey-Pabst explains how she got her students to revise their own writing and make their grades more meaningful. (April 7, 2014)


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Adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, the Common Core State Standards have provoked opinions and ideas from thought leaders, policymakers, and the educators who have to implement them.Read more. (August 20, 2012)

To recognize the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, Commentary will run an occasional series of perspectives on the federal initiative and its impact on schools and children today.Read more. (March 24, 2014)

Commentary considers teacher education and the best ways to prepare new educators for the classroom. Read more. (June 10, 2013)

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