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The FCAT

In Standards and Accountability on September 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

Oh how everybody hates it, particularly the Florida Education Association. President Andy Ford says the union lacks confidence in it. “We all want to know what students are learning and have trust that any assessment be an accurate representation of what students are learning,’’ he says.

Of course, Andy knows better. He fully understands the FCAT is a very good measure of what students are learning because it has been proven time and again.

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Chicago Public Schools: The look, the plunge, and the tiny poof

In Standards and Accountability on September 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

By: Mike Thomas

Remember the Road Runner cartoon.

Wile E. Coyote runs off the cliff edge.

His legs churn furiously to gain traction in midair.

Then comes the look of realization, followed by the downward plunge and tiny poof.

Chicago Public Schools has run off the fiscal cliff.

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Showing up is not enough

In Standards and Accountability on September 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

By: Mary Laura Bragg

My beloved Mississippi State Bulldogs got their revenge last weekend on the Auburn Tigers.  After two last-second (not to mention heartbreaking) losses the past two years, they would not be denied on Saturday.  They fought for the reward of singing Hail State in the end zone as the Famous Maroon Band played the fight song.

They fought for the reward of hearing cowbells ringing so loud that people can’t even hear themselves think.  The Dogs worked their tails off, and they earned the right to celebrate.  To the victor goes the spoils – but in an uncorrupt, non-Andrew Jackson way.

So what is this topic doing on an education blog?  Bear with me.

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