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How Should American Students U...

Mar 30, 2016 by

How Should American Students Understand their Civic Culture? The Continuing Battle over the 2002 Massachusetts History and Social...

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Undergraduate Teaching Faculty...

Feb 23, 2016 by

Sandra Stotsky – Because of my long-term involvement in reforming curriculum, instruction, and teacher training in K-12, I want...

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Why Initiative Petition 15-12/...

Feb 5, 2016 by

Sandra Stotsky February 8, 2016 I thank Alice Hanlon Peisch, Massachusetts House Chair, and Sonia Chang-Diaz, Massachusetts Senate...

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Why do we have academic standa...

Jan 20, 2016 by

Sandra Stotsky – There seems to be much confusion about why we have academic standards at all. Some folks want them because...

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How State Departments of Educa...

Dec 24, 2015 by

Sandra Stotsky – In December 2015, the West Virginia board of education adopted supposedly new standards for the state in a...

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What Do American Kids Read aft...

Dec 6, 2015 by

Sandra Stotsky December 5, 2015 Not much at their grade level, it seems. Nor do they seem to be reading enough of the kind of...

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The misleading news reports on...

Dec 2, 2015 by

Sandra Stotsky – BESE’s decision to adopt Commissioner Chester’s recommendation for a “hybrid” test titled MCAS 2.0 when it...

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Comments on the West Virginia ...

Nov 18, 2015 by

Sandra Stotsky – This inadequate report, dated November 9, 2015, is based on feedback for revision from the wrong people. Why...

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The Argument: Should Massachus...

Oct 23, 2015 by

Should the state drop its implementation of national Common Core standards? YES Sandra Stotsky – To get $250 million in federal...

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How Common Core-Based Tests Da...

Oct 20, 2015 by

How Common Core-Based Tests Damage Instruction in the Central Component of Reading Comprehension Sandra Stotsky – We know from...

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PARCC RESULTS MEAN NOTHING

Sep 23, 2015 by

Monday, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) released the preliminary results from the spring 2015...

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The Failures of Arkansas’s Tur...

Aug 25, 2015 by

Sandra Stotsky – Since passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, all states have been under federal pressure to identify...

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MCAS Test Items in All Subject...

Aug 18, 2015 by

MCAS Test Items in All Subjects and Grades from 1998 on. Slight revision of a blog on the Pioneer Institute website...

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Dr. Sandra Stotsky’s June 2015...

Jun 9, 2015 by

Why Massachusetts Should Abandon the PARCC tests and  the 2011 Coleman et al English Language Arts Standards on which the MCAS Tests...

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Government-Sponsored Research ...

May 10, 2015 by

Sandra Stotsky – May 10, 2015   Another government agency down the partisan drain, it seems.  On May 5, the Washington...

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Teacher Licensing Reform and t...

May 6, 2015 by

Sandra Stotsky – Most governors, state commissioners of education, state boards of education, and Chambers of Commerce seem to...

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Does Congress Now Believe that...

Apr 27, 2015 by

Sandra Stotsky – Two recent phenomena suggest that we have become a nation of uninformed voters led by unquestioning reporters...

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▶ Stotsky to Legislators: Reme...

Apr 21, 2015 by

On Beacon Hill Sandra Stotsky sends a message to Massachusetts legislators on April 15, 2015: Remember 1993 MERA (MA Education Reform...

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Common Misinformation from Pub...

Apr 20, 2015 by

Sandra Stotsky – Common Misinformation from Public Officials or Professional Educators—and the Facts Common Myths and...

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Why Don’t Senators Alexander a...

Apr 8, 2015 by

Sandra Stotsky April 8, 2015 Senators Alexander and Murray seem to want low-income students to remain as badly taught as they have...

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