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Measuring America’s Broadband Wants You!

Together, the FCC and SamKnows aim to provide America with reliable and accurate statistics of broadband performance. Volunteers will receive a purpose-built broadband measurement unit which can be plugged into the existing modem/router. This is called the SamKnows Whitebox. If … Continue reading

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Bipartisan Agreement to Fix “No Child Left Behind”

Schedule Committee Action for 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 14 WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7 – Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced a bipartisan agreement on fixing “No Child Left Behind.” They scheduled committee … Continue reading

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A back-to-school conversation with teachers and school leaders

As teachers gear up for a new school year, I want to offer two thoughts. One is a message of celebration and thanks. The other is a response to a concern that has come up often in many conversations with … Continue reading

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How Tests Make us Smarter

TESTS have a bad reputation in education circles these days: They take time, the critics say, put students under pressure and, in the case of standardized testing, crowd out other educational priorities. But the truth is that, used properly, testing … Continue reading

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The Importance of Play in Standardized Testing

Standardized tests can be a wonderful teaching tool to enrich and deepen classroom learning. What?! The prevailing wisdom states that standardized testing drains the life out of a classroom and saps students of interest and engagement, brings on unnecessary and … Continue reading

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Field-Testing Set to Begin on Common-Core Exams

Next week marks a major milestone in an assessment project of unprecedented scope: the start of field-testing season for new, shared tests of a common set of academic standards. Between March 24 and June 6, more than 4 million students … Continue reading

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Common Core State Standards Assessments: Are You Ready?

Will districts be tech ready to administer the nation’s new assessments? The Race to the Top Assessment program is ambitious and has the potential to help make far-reaching changes not only in how students are assessed, but also in how … Continue reading

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