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EVERYBODY Hates Testing Overkill Under Common Core Now

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In Florida, which tests students more frequently than most other states, many schools this year will dedicate on average 60 to 80 days out of the 180-day school year to standardized testing. In a few districts, tests were scheduled to be given every day to at least some students.

Stop the presses! New York Times columnist says something sensible about college admissions

1:08 AM 04/02/2014

Brown University offered admission to the lowest fraction ever of the applicants it received: fewer than one in 10. The arithmetic was even more brutal at Stanford, Columbia, Yale. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had a record number of students vying for its next freshman class — 31,321 — and accepted about one in six who applied from outside the state. Notre Dame took about one in five of all comers.

February 2014: Adorable New York Times reporter discovers liberal critics of Common Core

3:16 AM 02/17/2014

The Common Core has been applauded by education leaders and promoted by the Obama administration as a way to replace a hodgepodge of state standards with one set of rigorous learning goals. Though 45 states and the District of Columbia have signed on to them since 2010, resistance came quickly, mostly from right-leaning states, where some leaders and political action groups have protested what they see as a federal takeover of local classrooms

High school principal changes his mind about woefully dated AIDS musical

1:47 AM 12/17/2013

After a petition drive and social media campaign by students at Trumbull High School in Trumbull, Conn., the principal said on Monday that he was reversing himself and allowing its production of the musical "Rent" to go forward in March as originally planned. The principal, Marc Guarino, said in an interview that he and the student Thespian Society had developed ideas that satisfied his concern that the production be accompanied by an educational component.

European Central Bank cuts main rate

10:52 AM 11/07/2013

In a major surprise, the European Central Bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low Thursday, moving more quickly than expected to stimulate the euro zone economy in the face of falling inflation.

Med students are now getting academic credit for editing Wikipedia pages

6:29 AM 09/30/2013

Medical students at the University of California, San Francisco, will be able to get course credit for editing Wikipedia articles about diseases, part of an effort to improve the quality of medical articles in the online encyclopedia and help distribute the articles globally via cellphones. While professors often incorporate Wikipedia work into classes, hoping that student research can live on online, the university and others say this is the first time a medical school will give credit for such work.

Cal Berkeley application reader reveals how the admissions sausage is made

6:44 PM 08/02/2013

A highly qualified student, with a 3.95 unweighted grade point average and 2300 on the SAT, was not among the top-ranked engineering applicants to the University of California, Berkeley. He had perfect 800s on his subject tests in math and chemistry, a score of 5 on five Advanced Placement exams, musical talent and, in one of two personal statements, had written a loving tribute to his parents, who had emigrated from India.

Elementary schools are grouping by ability again, critics be damned

8:18 PM 06/10/2013

It was once common for elementary-school teachers to arrange their classrooms by ability, placing the highest-achieving students in one cluster, the lowest in another. But ability grouping and its close cousin, tracking, in which children take different classes based on their proficiency levels, fell out of favor in the late 1980s and the 1990s as critics charged that they perpetuated inequality by trapping poor and minority students in low-level groups.

The value of a college degree

12:58 PM 02/20/2013

The college degree is becoming the new high school diploma: the new minimum requirement, albeit an expensive one, for getting even the lowest-level job.

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL: Mr. Menendez’s Ethics Problem

10:00 AM 02/09/2013

Senator Robert Menendez was never a distinguished choice for chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the position he ascended to this month by virtue of seniority. Concerns about that quality gap have sharply escalated amid new disclosures about Mr. Menendez’s use of his position to advance the financial interests of a friend and big donor. Instead of trying to protect Mr. Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, needs to remove his gavel, at least pending credible resolution by the Senate Ethics Committee of the swirling accusations of misconduct.

The SAT turns out to be a scammer’s dream

3:32 AM 01/03/2013

When Samuel Eshaghoff, a 19-year-old sophomore at Emory University, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly accepting money to take the SAT for six Long Island high school students, testing officials said it was an isolated event. But school officials and prosecutors disagree, and a continuing investigation is focusing on other schools and students.