Amid the strong and growing drumbeat of complaints about overtesting at the K-12 level, many education reporters and others may be left wondering how much time students really spend taking standardized tests. And who is demanding most of this testing, anyway? The federal government? States? Local districts?
We had a terrific two days in Detroit this week at our journalists-only seminar on The Push to Upgrade the Teaching Profession. I’m looking forward to sharing content from the sessions in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I’ve pulled together some of the best tweets from Tuesday (you can catch up with earlier tweets here):
EWA’s National Seminar will gather some 500 journalists, experts, and community members for dozens of sessions, including standalone speakers, panel discussions, how-to workshops, and visits to sites of interest. With its focus on financial issues, the National Seminar will arm attendees with new ideas for compelling stories on everything from salary schedules and bond issues to the burdens on families struggling to pay for preschool or college. At the same time, it will sharpen participants’ skills at making the most of their resources for producing high-quality coverage.
District superintendents are increasingly confident in the potential of the Common Core State Standards to help improve student learning even as the school leaders question whether there’s enough time and resources for a smooth implementation, a new survey finds.