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U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for Five States through Expedited Decision Process

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia have each received a four-year renewal for flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post 

Strauss: How students with top test scores actually hurt a teacher’s evaluation

Imagine that you are a doctor and your evaluation is based on patients you didn’t have. Or a car dealer, and you are assessed by how many cars your colleagues — not you — sell. It sounds preposterous, right? Well, that’s just what is happening to public school teachers.Read full article >>

The Guardian (U.K.) 

Philip Pullman joins calls to scrap baseline tests for four and five-year-olds

Author adds voice to those calling for plans for exams be reversed, arguing assessments would be ‘statistically invalid’ and ‘dangerous for children’Children’s author Philip Pullman has joined leading educationalists, early years specialists and psychologists in calling for plans to introduce tests for four- and five-year-olds in their first weeks at primary schools to be scrapped.The test

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