School Testing

The rekindled relationship between the United States and Cuba has taken yet another step forward. On Tuesday, the White House announced that President Obama plans on moving Cuba off the government’s list of nations that support terrorism. The decision came after a meeting between President Obama and Raúl Castro, President of Cuba, that took place […]

What should we make of the latest indicator of how our children are performing in reading and math? As reported, results from the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” showed incremental growth  in both reading and math performance since 2011. Educator Dr. Steve Perry (host of TV One’s “Save My Son“) spoke […]

WASHINGTON-Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law. Critics say the benchmarks are unrealistic and brand schools as failures even if they make progress. Schools and districts where too few kids pass the […]

PHILADELPHIA — After the recent school cheating scandals in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., The Notebook, an education journal, has spoken to a teacher who admitted to helping students cheat on mandated state standardized tests. This teacher, a middle-aged White woman who grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, told a story of tangled motivations and […]

Recently, teachers and principals in the Atlanta public school system admitted to helping students cheat on government mandated tests. Why would they cheat? Laws set up for No Child Left Behind place funding for schools, salaries for teachers and even jobs for teachers on the scores students produce on these tests. Of course, it was […]

ATLANTA — 178 teachers and principals in 44 schools have cheated to improve their school’s test score according to an investigation by the state of Georgia. The New York Times reports: Still, the investigation shows that cheating on the state-mandated Criterion-Referenced Competency Test began as early as 2001, and that “clear and significant” warnings were […]