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What Testing Could Be

I was recently asked to write an article about what testing could be, as in a few years or even a decade from now. My main thought is that what we have now, high stakes accountability and some levels of formative assessment, have not produced the type of real learning gains that most would like. There is a lot of talk and writing about “assessment systems,” but I think that in the future, we might be better off with “learning systems,” completely integrated instruction and continuous assessment.

I’d be interested in hearing any thoughts on this subject???

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Summer Job Shortage Tough on Teens

The Great Recession might technically be over but I bet you could find some teens in your town who disagree. I’ve met plenty of high schoolers who rely on their summer earnings to keep them going during the rest of the year … for some of them it’s their gas money, back-to-school wardrobe and even helps with the college application/search costs. 

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What Research Says About the Effect of Teachers

Our brief for reporters on research findings about the effect of teachers has just been published. You can download the attachment below, or read it online here.

It was written by EWA member (and EMC beta tester) Stephen Sawchuk — if you have any questions about it, I’m sure he’d be glad to weigh in.

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School Librarians and budget cuts

Carl Harvey, president of the American Association of School Librarians, has graciously agreed to answer questions reporters might have on the cuts to school libraries and librarians. I wanted to re-post this rundown on some of the stories you have already written.

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How can EWA be helpful in covering 2012 Republican candidates for president?

I heard a half-serious prediction yesterday that Michelle Rhee would be selected as the vice presidential candidate for the Republican Party in 2012, and that got me thinking about education in the 2012 Republican campaign, and how to promote good coverage (as opposed to amusing rumors). Are there ways EWA could be helpful? An effort to compile coverage on the various candidates? I realize of course that the candidates don’t exactly seem focused on education, but there are some interesting issues out there in that Pawlenty has pushed distance education

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A Discussion with Andreas Schleicher

A Discussion with Andreas Schleicher

Note: Between June 13-16, Andreas Schleicher will be fielding your questions on the board about the topics raised in the two interviews below, or any other area you wish to discuss. If you have a question, leave it as a reply below.

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Welcome to the Education in the News

This is the first thread in the Education in the News forum, which is primarily reserved for discussions of news stories, videos, etc.
If you’re posting a link to a news item you want to discuss, make a new thread and fire away.