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How Do You Measure Learning?

How Do You Measure Learning?

| March 27, 2012 | 4 Comments

Getty It’s not a new question, but it’s certainly a divisive one — how to best measure student learning. As the Department of Education works toward finding a way to assess student learning beyond what most agree are sub-par standardized tests, and movement for opting out of assessments grows, educators and those who work in […]

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Can Robots Grade Essays As Well as Humans?

Can Robots Grade Essays As Well as Humans?

| February 13, 2012 | 4 Comments

Flickr: Slaving By Jennifer Roland Essays have long been considered the gold standard for measuring students’ understanding of a subject. But because multiple-choice tests have been graded by machines, making them easy and relatively inexpensive to administer, these sub-standard assessments are primarily what schools use for standardized test. But is it possible to combine the […]

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What’s So Great About Schools in Finland?

What’s So Great About Schools in Finland?

| January 13, 2012 | 50 Comments

Finland has been hailed for exemplifying the ideal model of a thriving, innovative education system that prioritizes the most important stakeholders: students. International and American media are fascinated by the Scandinavian country’s approach to designing the education system. The fact that Finland manages to score among the top three countries on the PISA survey is […]

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Deconstructing “What Works” in Education Technology

Deconstructing “What Works” in Education Technology

| October 12, 2011 | 1 Comment

TB Over the weekend, The New York Times published the second story in its series on “Grading the Digital School.” The first story in the series questioned the massive expenditures schools make on education technology, pointing to stagnant test scores as an indication that these investments might not be worth it. Last weekend’s story extends […]

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Beyond the Bubble Test: How Will We Measure Learning in the Future?

Beyond the Bubble Test: How Will We Measure Learning in the Future?

| July 15, 2011 | 3 Comments

Last September, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced: “Today is a great day! I have looked forward to this day for a long time–and so have America’s teachers, parents, students, and school leaders.” Duncan was excited about a new way of testing students, one that goes “beyond the bubble test,” the standardized assessments students take […]

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Five Lessons Learned from a New Charter School

Five Lessons Learned from a New Charter School

| May 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

  The Rocketship network of charter Schools in San Jose is fairly new — the first school just opened in 2007. But from an observer’s perspective, a few lessons can be pulled from the way the young network has engineered the design of the school system. Can these ideas be applied to any school, whether […]

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Testing, Testing

Testing, Testing

| April 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

Flickr:Casey Serin Speaking of test prep. A reader responded to me by email today about Debbie Stier’s quest to ace the SAT and to motivate her son to do well so he’s accepted to the best college. The reader wrote: “For any student considering college, the key is not the right test prep or cramming […]

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One Mom’s Quest to Ace the SAT Alongside Her Son

One Mom’s Quest to Ace the SAT Alongside Her Son

| April 20, 2011 | 5 Comments

Test prep is a massive, multi-billion dollar industry. That’s no surprise, considering the significance we place on testing. Say what you want about SATs and GREs and MCATs failing to fully represent a student’s skills or college readiness. Say what you want about schools looking at other factors when deciding who to accept. Tests still […]

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Is Instant Assessment an Important Teaching Tool?

Is Instant Assessment an Important Teaching Tool?

| April 18, 2011 | 3 Comments

Conovate, a Web-based assessment tool for teachers, now in Beta, is the result of its founder’s hope to give teachers a crucial missing tool: the ability to instantly see student progress. Sylvain Niles, CEO of Conovate, wants to provide a way for teachers to instantly track, analyze, and report on student performance over time by […]

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The Bubble Test: The Bane of Learning

The Bubble Test: The Bane of Learning

| March 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

Testing is at the heart of many fraught issues surrounding education reform. Schools and school districts (and possibly even teachers) are evaluated based on their test scores. Educators say they’re obliged to teach to senseless standardized tests that don’t accurately reflect what students learn. On the policy side, the Department of Education is investing millions […]

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