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Curmudgucation Digest (February 15)

By Peter Greene — February 15, 2015 1 min read
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This week Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee and Ohio all made their special marks in the education reform biz. Also, testing is still an issue.

6 Testing Talking Points

A guidesheet was making the rounds this week of six clusters of talking points for Big Standardized Test supporters. Mostly a baloney stew.

Sorting the Tests

We rate and rank students, teachers and schools. You know what we don’t rate and rank? Tests.

Testing the Invisibles

The argument is that without standardized annual testing, certain populations will become invisible. We seem to have a better understanding of the problem than the non-solution.

What’s the Matter with Indiana

Indiana provides the perfect example of how badly things get messed up when political gamesmanship and the pursuit of $$ overwhelm even the pretense of caring about schools and students.

Standardized Tests: A Necessary Bitter Pill?

In which I respond to Christine Duncan Evans’ defense of standardizeds testing (and an actual conversation breaks out in the comments section).

Waiting for Marshmallows

Newer versions of the classic Stanford marshmallow experiments suggest we’ve been learning the wrong lessons from the old versions.

Virginia: Let’s Kneecap Public Schools

Virginia has enough reformster crazy that they can send some to DC and keep some at home.

Working within the College Marketplace

Welcome to the world of brand ambassadors on college campus. Pearson’s there, but they’re not alone.

The Bullying Antidote

For all our attention to the bullying problem, there’s one key idea we keep overlooking.

Tennessee’s New CCSS Astroturf

Tennessee has a brand new astroturf group doing it’s best to create a pretend groundswell for the embattled Common Core

Not-So-Bright Future in Ohio

Ohio’s neew BRIGHT program is the perfect principal answer to TFA.

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