Asking teachers to prepare their students for an exam is not an instance of American anti-intellectualism, but a practice that can be found across the globe.
This rejection of state autonomy does not help convince that Washington is prepared to ‘empower states to lead the way,’ or that the Trump administration really supports school choice.
In addition to making it more difficult for families to opt out of state testing due to social pressure, this bill would push the state towards embracing a national curriculum.
Centralized mandates have neutered school choice by imposing one kind of education on all schools, thereby actually reducing families’ education choices, finds a new paper.
The U.S. Department of Education is clear in its threat to withhold millions of dollars from Utah simply for following state law and protecting parental rights.
Failing to meet expected test growth targets does not affect my fifth grade students in any real way, and they and their families know it.
My state, Oklahoma, was one of the first and only to repeal Common Core. It took years of work, and ultimately accomplished just about nothing.
If this test is an early indicator of fourth grade declines, U.S. schools will have increased per-pupil spending 400 percent since the 1970s to no achievement gains.
School choice hasn’t been tried and found wanting. It’s been found politically difficult and not really tried.
It looks like this is as close to an apology or admission of failure as we’re going to get, folks. Sorry about that $4 trillion and mangled years of education for American K-12 kids and teachers.
Complaints about testing are a direct consequence of three decades of Republican-driven emphasis on using tests as a centralized mechanism for controlling schools.
Test-prep culture preys on the anxieties of parents who have been inundated with the message that every parenting decision can have long-lasting effects on their children.
What Education Secretary John King is doing in the name of minority kids will actually make their education worse.
As the two major college entrance exams have shifted to support Common Core, parents and colleges are creating alternative exams that emphasize classic content.
The postmortems will roll out in a year or two, but it’s already clear Common Core is eking out its last gasps. Inside its mayhem lies opportunity.
Once again, the party of limited government helps expand it, this time in a new law that supposedly replaces No Child Left Behind and Common Core.
The establishment wants you to think Common Core is a shiny legacy for departing Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Nothing close.
Bills to rewrite No Child Left Behind put Republicans in a bad political position and expand the federal role in education.
Incidents like testing opt-outs and parent fury in Fairfax show people get Charles Murray’s point about refusing to comply with stupid regulations.
Education reform debates such as the pending No Child Left Behind update are boring because the Right’s politicos accept the premise that government knows best.
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