What exactly do standardized tests test? In this post veteran educator Marion Brady answers that question and its consequences for teaching and learning. Brady has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall), professional books, numerous nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. His 2011 book, “What’s Worth Learning,” asks and answers this question: What knowledge is absolutely essential for every learner? His course of study for secondary-level students, called “Connections: Investigating Reality,” is free for downloading here. Brady’s website is www.marionbrady.com.Read full article >>
Average student proficiency rates on the District’s annual standardized tests inched up in 2014, increasing 1.4 percentage points in math and less than one percentage point in reading, results that city leaders called steady-if-slow progress in improving academic prospects for the District’s children.Read full article >>
High school suspensions in Montgomery County plummeted nearly 37 percent in the past school year as the district made concerted efforts to use alternatives to out-of-school punishment and reduce racial disparities in discipline.Read full article >>
A symposium at the White House Thursday explored how increasing family engagement can drive school improvement.
The meeting brought together administration officials, philanthropists, and researchers to discuss ways that parents and schools can work together more closely.Read full article >>
D.C. officials released summary results of annual standardized tests Thursday morning, but just as interesting to many parents and policymakers are the results of individual schools.
School-by-school results, posted here, show a wide variation in performance among both traditional and charter schools.Read full article >>