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THE ATLANTIC.COM

Why American Students Haven’t Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years, April 13, 2018
Every two years, education-policy wonks gear up for what has become a time-honored ritual: the release of the Nation’s Report Card. Officially known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, the data reflect the results of reading and math tests administered to a sample of students across the country. Experts generally consider the tests rigorous and highly reliable—and the scores basically stagnant. …

FORBES.COM (RECENT POSTS)

Six Reasons Why School Choice Won’t Save Us, April 28, 2018
Proponents of school choice often argue that it’s the path to a better education system. While it’s a path that works for some children, it can end up leaving others even farther behind. …

The One Big Mistake People Make About The Common Core, April 25, 2018
The Common Core lists skills students need to master at each grade level without specifying any particular knowledge they need to acquire. That works for math, but it could be a fatal flaw when it comes to literacy. …

Mark Zuckerberg’s Plan To ‘Personalize’ Learning Rests On Shaky Ground, April 19, 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by Congress last week over privacy issues, but one of his other initiatives has gotten far less scrutiny: Zuckerberg’s massive investment in an educational approach called personalized learning. There’s little evidence that it’s effective, and some early enthusiasts have become disillusioned. …

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge, August 28, 2015
Standardized tests are commonly blamed for narrowing the school curriculum to reading and math. That’s one reason Congress is considering changes in the law that could lead states to put less emphasis on test scores. But even if we abolished standardized tests tomorrow, a majority of elementary schools would continue to pay scant attention to subjects like history and science. …

THE WASHINGTON POST

The inappropriate focus on reading and math hurts students, February 26, 2018
The resignation of D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson in the wake of two embarrassing scandals at the high school level could provide D.C. schools with an opportunity to change course and regain its reputation as a national model of education reform. But that can only happen if officials recognize the true source of both scandals: elementary school, long considered the bright spot in the system. …

Why Americans can’t write, September 24, 2015
It’s no secret that many Americans are lousy writers. Just ask any college professor or employer, including those at prestigious institutions. With the advent of e-mail, writing ability has become more important than ever, and writing deficiencies have become increasingly apparent. …

AMERICAN EDUCATOR (WITH JUDITH C. HOCHMAN)

One Sentence at a Time: The Need for Explicit Instruction in Teaching Students to Write Well, Summer 2017
When Monica entered high school, her writing skills were minimal. After repeating first grade and getting more than 100 hours of tutoring in elementary school, she’d managed to learn to read well enough to get by, and she was comfortable with math. But writing seemed beyond her reach. …

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