Around the edges of snow storms, and amid a national fury about testing and new academic standards designed to improve public education, tens of thousands of students in Maryland and the District sat down this week to take a new kind of standardized exam.Read full article >>
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Rebellion against tradition and institutions is a theme of the February edition of Teenagers in The Times.
Troy LaRaviere is the principal of Chicago’s Blaine Elementary School and a leader of the Administrators Alliance for Proven Policy and Legislation in Education. He has been outspoken about school reform policies that he thinks are harmful to children or a waste of Chicago Public Schools money. Here’s an example, from this interview with him:Read full article >>
Here is a five-minute video about the growing test refusal movement, called “The Other PARCC — The Other PARCC — Parents Advocating Refusal on High-Stakes Testing.” PARCC is a reference to the Common Core test created by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two multi-state consortia given $360 million in federal funds to design new standardized tests for accountability purposes.Read full article >>
Is it cruel to use wild animals, such as elephants, tigers and bears, as traveling entertainers? Or would the circus just not be the circus without its animal stars?
Here are several paragraphs from a March 3 article, “Starve a Landfill.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?
a collaboration with KQED Art School to explore one of the seven elements of visual art — shape — and suggest ways to apply the ideas to images and articles found in The New York Times.
Small adjustments aimed at making the popular accounts more flexible have either been enacted or are proposed.
Five percent of the students offered placement in eight specialized high schools were black and 7 percent were Hispanic, according to statistics released on Thursday.
If your child can tell you’re unhappy during the game, you’re doing it wrong.