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The Teacher Wars Among Year’s Best Books

Dana Goldstein writes in her new book that teachers are poorly trained to flatten social, racial and economic barriers and their pay is “pathetic”.

12/17/2014

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‘Race To The Top’ Grant Program Is Changing Education

Since Race to the Top was launched, schools across the country have adopted new, rigorous education standards, implemented stringent teacher evaluation systems and are developing data collection systems to better inform instruction.

09/08/2014

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Lawmakers Repealing Common Core Standards

Common Core standards have been adopted by almost every state as a way of ensuring standards in schools nationwide. But now some states are doing an about face.

09/02/2014

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New Jersey Becomes First State To Require Arts In Education

New Jersey is believed to be the first state in the nation to include visual and performing arts among the items it tracks in its annual education report card.

03/26/2014

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Pa. Wins Partial Waiver Of No Child Left Behind

The U.S. Education Department granted Pennsylvania a partial waiver from the No Child Left Behind school evaluation law Tuesday, giving state officials the flexibility to develop alternatives they say will yield more meaningful assessments of schools and students.

08/20/2013

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The Trouble With Testing Mania

For a broad view of our troubles in education, read The New York Times editorial “The Trouble With Testing Mania.”

07/24/2013

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More Parents Removing Kids from Standardized Testing in Pennsylvania Schools

And this so-called “opt out” movement is part of a growing national trend.

04/11/2013

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With Balloons and Cheers, Philadelphia School Gets Kids Hyped For PSSA Testing

This was not your normal pep rally, not by a long shot.

04/09/2013

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Some Parents Opt-Out Kids From Pennsylvania School Tests

Opting out is extremely unusual in Pennsylvania: Only 260 out of about 932,000 students were excused from the math and reading PSSAs last year; an even lower number opted out of the science exam, according to the state Education Department.

04/07/2013

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The Year In Education

Looking back on the past year much has happened on the education scene.

12/31/2012

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Teacher Attitudes Surveyed

A new survey by TEACH PLUS reports on attitudes of teachers who began their careers less than a decade ago, which is the majority of teachers in the classroom today.

11/06/2012

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Philadelphia PSSA Scores Expected To Be Much Lower

Standardized test scores for Pennsylvania schools are being released today. And, don’t be surprised to see them drop, because of tighter controls to curb cheating.

09/21/2012

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2011 In Retrospect

Advances are being made in education. In 2011, with leadership from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 160 cities have joined in making sure all kids read on grade level by the end of 3rd grade.

12/28/2011

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Obama Announces New Rules For Head Start During Visit To Yeadon

President Obama made a brief visit to a Head Start center in Delaware County today, to announce new rules that will have the preschool programs competing for federal money.

11/08/2011

Fewer Pennsylvania Schools Made ‘Adequate Yearly Progress’

A Pennsylvania Department of Education spokesman says statewide math and reading assessment scores improved slightly but fewer schools in the state made “adequate yearly progress” based on the No Child Left Behind law.

09/30/2011

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