Category Archives: Testing

What should we do with kids after testing’s over?

Hello, readers! I apologize for the long gap between my posts. In addition to just generally trying to figure out some things in my life prior to moving out of DC and starting law school, I took a trip to … Continue reading

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further analysis of the USA Today allegations of cheating in DCPS

Today I obtained a list of the DCPS schools that were flagged for erasures in 2008, 2009, and 2010. You can view them here. I love to play with numbers, so let’s take a look at how these schools break … Continue reading

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Cheating in DCPS

Quite frankly, my main response while reading USA Today’s lengthy piece on potential standardized test cheating in DC Public Schools was “oh shit”. This just has really horrible implications for all involved, and it’s a pity that things have come … Continue reading

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Why is it surprising that Shanghai students did well?

The headline at this moment on the education page of the New York Times is “Top Test Scores from Shanghai Stun Educators”. Why should it surprise anyone that the Chinese have blown the United States, and many other countries, out … Continue reading

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Diversity in Magnet Schools (Admissions)

Jay Mathews of the Washington Post published a column (  on Monday dealing with an issue I’ve been planning to address here: why don’t high schools with competitive admission have a more diverse student body? Mathews covers Thomas Jefferson High … Continue reading

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New York’s Board of Regents and Failing Students

The New York Times reported on Tuesday ( that the New York State Board of Regents is likely to “excuse school districts from a requirement to provide extra help to all students who fail the state’s standardized exams, a number … Continue reading

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