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Jun 27, 2011 Teacher Grades: Pass or Be Fired

QUOTE: [Impact's] admirers say the system, a centerpiece of the tempestuous three-year tenure of Washington’s former schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, has brought clear teaching standards to a district that lacked them and is setting a new standard by establishing dismissal as a consequence of ineffective teaching. But some educators say it is better at sorting and firing teachers than at helping struggling ones...

New York Times
Apr 30, 2011 Law Students Lose the Grant Game as Schools Win

QUOTE: [grading at many law schools] all but ensures that a certain number of students... lose their scholarships and wind up paying full tuition in their second and third years...

New York Times
Mar 09, 2011 Duncan: Most schools could face 'failing' label

QUOTE: Many educators complain they are unfairly penalized if even a few of their students fill in the wrong bubbles on testing day. Advocates for the poor contend the only way to ensure disadvantaged students get real help is to threaten schools, at minimum, with public shame.

Washington Post
Feb 06, 2011 Elite Institutions are Tested on Diversity

QUOTE: Taken together the reports paint a picture of elite institutions struggling to adapt to the modern world in a country where universities still depend on the government for most of their funding — and where the independent Office for Fair Access is supposed to make sure that any university wishing to charge the new £9,000, or $15,000, a year maximum tuition has made sufficient progress in encouraging participation by low-income and other under-represented groups.

New York Times
Dec 27, 2010 Cheaters Find an Adversary in Technology

QUOTE: As tests are increasingly important in education — used to determine graduation, graduate school admission and, the latest, merit pay and tenure for teachers — business has been good for Caveon, a company that uses “data forensics” to catch cheats, billing itself as the only independent test security outfit in the country.

New York Times
Jul 05, 2010 To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery (Cheat Sheet)

QUOTE: As the eternal temptation of students to cheat has gone high-tech — not just on exams, but also by cutting and pasting from the Internet and sharing of homework online like music files — educators have responded with their own efforts to crack down.

New York Times
Jun 21, 2010 In Law Schools, Grades Go Up, Just Like That

QUOTE: the tactic getting the most attention — and the most controversy — is the sudden, deliberate and dubiously effective grade inflation, which had begun even before the legal job market softened.

New York Times
Sep 19, 2009 Eager Students Fall Prey to Apartheid’s Legacy

QUOTE: Thousands of schools across South Africa are bursting with students who dream of being the accountants, engineers and doctors this country desperately needs, but the education system is often failing the very children depending on it most to escape poverty.

New York Times
Jul 14, 2009 Regional Shift Seen in Education Gap

QUOTE: the nation’s most dramatic black-white [education] gaps are no longer seen in Southern states like Alabama or Mississippi, but rather in Northern and Midwestern states...

New York Times
Jun 01, 2009 46 States and D.C. to Pursue Common Education Standards

QUOTE: The push for common reading and math standards marks a turning point in a movement to judge U.S. children using one yardstick....Many Republicans oppose nationally mandated standards, saying schools should not be controlled by Washington.

Washington Post
Nov 17, 2008 High-Tech Team Helps Cheaters Pass Immigration Test

QUOTE: Two British residents were sentenced to jail last week for using an array of computers and wireless gear to feed answers to paying clients taking an immigration test in London, according to the Metropolitan Police.

Nov 10, 2008 ‘Entitled’ students expect better grades for effort: study

QUOTE: Those are among the revelations in a newly published study examining students' sense of academic entitlement, or the mentality that enrolling in post-secondary education is akin to shopping in a store where the customer is always right.

National Post
Sep 22, 2008 Schoolhouse Rock: Fixing The Education System

QUOTE: One potential problem with basing teacher compensation in part on test scores is that it gives teachers an incentive not just to "teach to the test," but to game the test completely... in a series of investigative articles, revealed that at least part of those test-score gains were due to widespread cheating by teachers and administrators.

Aug 19, 2008 Student Files Are Exposed on Web Site

QUOTE: The Princeton Review, the test-preparatory firm, accidentally published the personal data and standardized test scores of tens of thousands of Florida students on its Web site, where they were available for seven weeks...The Web error indicates that the Princeton Review neglected several accepted online security practices. In addition to failing to properly restrict access to the student information, the company combined confidential and innocuous files on the same computers — which security researchers say is never a good idea.

New York Times
Jul 18, 2008 The Next Kind of Integration

QUOTE: In June of last year, a conservative majority of the Supreme Court, in a 5-to-4 decision, declared the racial-integration efforts of two school districts unconstitutional...By invoking Brown v. Board of Education, the court’s landmark 1954 civil rights ruling, Breyer accused the majority of abandoning a touchstone in the country’s efforts to overcome racial division. “This is a decision that the court and the nation will come to regret,” he concluded.

New York Times
May 30, 2008 More colleges move toward optional SATs

QUOTE: Research has shown that SAT performance is linked with family income, and that the test by itself does not accurately predict success in college, she said. Making the test optional "removes the barrier for those students who had everything else," like scholastic achievement and extracurricular activities, but who "maybe didn't do as well on a specific test," she said.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Mar 05, 2008 Next Question: Can Students Be Paid to Excel?

QUOTE: School districts nationwide have seized on the idea that a key to improving schools is to pay for performance...Critics of these efforts say that children should be inspired to learn for knowledge’s sake, not to earn money, and question whether prizes will ultimately lift achievement.

New York Times
Feb 04, 2008 Private Schools Cry ‘Unfair’ Over a Grade

QUOTE: The [New York] Sun...published a front-page article on Thursday in which it assigned letter grades to the city’s elite private schools...The paper said that its sole criteria were “the school’s net assets and the number of students it sends to Harvard.”

New York Times
Jan 09, 2008 Chicago's mixed record on school reform:Bush cites city's gains on sixth anniversary of No Child Left Behind. Critics see uneven results.

QUOTE: Nationally, [President] Bush has been touting No Child Left Behind (NCLB), crediting it with raising fourth-grade reading scores and narrowing the achievement gap between whites and minorities. Others say they're still waiting to see major results and blame the law for an increased focus on "teaching to the test" rather than giving more resources or training to underfunded schools.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 05, 2007 50 New York City Schools Fail Under New Rating System

QUOTE: Because the grades are based largely on improvement, not simply meeting state standards, some high-performing schools received low grades. The Clove Valley School in Staten Island, for instance, received an F, although 86.5 percent of the students at the school met state standards in reading on the 2007 tests.

New York Times
Sep 28, 2007 Graduation: No Gr_du_te Left Behind

QUOTE: The Bush administration, having used the No Child Left Behind Act to impose accountability — and, critics would say, a sterile uniformity — on the reluctant world of public elementary and secondary schools, is now seeking to accomplish something similar in post-secondary education.

New York Times
Sep 01, 2007 Democrats Try to Soften Bush’s Education Law

QUOTE: For the suburbs, for example, Mr. Miller’s draft would draw a distinction between schools failing across the board and those where only some student groups failed to meet annual testing goals. It would give a nod to teachers’ concerns by allowing states to consider not just annual math and reading scores in deciding whether a school passes muster but other measures, including tests in history, science and civics; graduation rates; and Advanced Placement tests.

New York Times
Jul 25, 2007 English, Math Time Up in 'No Child' Era: 44% of Schools Polled Reduce Other Topics

QUOTE: The survey provides grist for critics who say the federal testing mandate has led educators to a radical restructuring of the public school curriculum in a quest to teach to new state tests. But backers of the law... say that without mastery of reading and math, students will be hampered in other areas.

Washington Post
Jun 19, 2007 In Iowa, grades versus goals: How one school coped with a state rule that any athlete who fails a class gets benched.

QUOTE: [Iowa state law] mandates that any athlete who receives an "F" on his or her report card is prohibited from playing sports for 20 school days .... Critics think the rule penalizes students who might otherwise find athletics a path to improving their performance in the classroom.

Christian Science Monitor
May 05, 2007 Students May Have Paid Cash to Change Grades, College Says

QUOTE: Authorities at the institution, Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, about 40 miles east of here, said in a statement issued late Thursday that at least 74 students might have paid someone to change lower grades to higher ones. The college authorities said as many as 400 grades recorded on computer transcripts might have been altered in a five-year period.

New York Times
Apr 03, 2007 Plans for Revamped G.R.E. Are Abandoned

QUOTE: The Educational Testing Service had wanted to administer the test on only 35 days a year. That would have allowed E.T.S. to create original tests for each day in the hopes of preventing cheating. In 2002, for instance, the testing service discovered that some people in China, Taiwan and South Korea had taken the test, memorized questions and answers and posted them on Web sites, allowing other students to log on and see the questions in advance.

New York Times
Nov 04, 2006 Chancellor Cites Favoritism at a New York School

QUOTE: Officials say an examination of the school’s most recent kindergarten admissions documents shows that school officials were looking not only at students’ performance, but also at how involved their parents were likely to be.

New York Times
Oct 23, 2006 Political Backlash Builds Over High-Stakes Testing: Public Support Wanes for Tests Seen as Punitive

QUOTE: The role of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT, has become central to the race to succeed Gov. Jeb Bush (R), with polls showing a growing discontent over the exams, which he has championed and which are used to determine many aspects of the school system, including teacher pay, budgets and who flunks third grade.

Washington Post
Mar 05, 2006 Schools Avoid Class Ranking, Vexing Colleges

QUOTE: In the cat-and-mouse maneuvering over admission to prestigious colleges and universities, thousands of high schools have simply stopped providing that information, concluding it could harm the chances of their very good, but not best, students.

New York Times
Nov 26, 2005 Students Ace State Tests, but Earn D's From U.S.

QUOTE: A comparison of state test results against the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress, a federal test mandated by the No Child Left Behind law, shows that wide discrepancies between the state and federal findings were commonplace....because states that fail to raise scores over time face serious sanctions, there is little incentive to make the exams difficult

New York Times
Nov 22, 2005 Bush Administration Grants Leeway on 'No Child' Rules

QUOTE: The Bush administration has begun to ease some key rules for the controversial No Child Left Behind law, opening the door to a new way to rate schools, granting a few urban systems permission to provide federally subsidized tutoring and allowing certain states more time to meet teacher-quality requirements...a major response to critics who have called No Child Left Behind rigid and unworkable.

Washington Post
May 08, 2005 Conn. Stands in Defiance on Enforcing 'No Child'

QUOTE: ...[Connecticut Education Commissioner Betty J. Sternberg--Ed.] announced she would resist Bush administration demands for additional standardized testing...there is nothing small about the fight Connecticut officials have picked with the federal government, a dispute that combines states' rights, underfunded federal mandates and educational philosophy.

Washington Post
Apr 26, 2005 Trying Times for Special Ed

QUOTE: ...excluding severely disabled children from the statewide test "simply isn't an option," said Carol Ann Baglin, an assistant state superintendent who oversees special education ... [but] special education teachers across Maryland say the test is a waste of time.

Washington Post
Apr 20, 2005 Federal 'No Child' Lawsuit Filed: Bush's Premier Education Measure Taken to Court

QUOTE: The nation's largest teachers union joined school districts in Michigan, Texas and Vermont in filing a federal lawsuit yesterday charging that the Department of Education has failed to provide adequate funding for the No Child Left Behind initiative.

Washington Post
Mar 08, 2005 Parents Protest Magnet Makeup: Montgomery Group Contends Program Is Unfair to Blacks

QUOTE: A group of black parents has asked the Montgomery County school board to suspend the middle school magnet application process on the grounds that too few black students are accepted...

Washington Post
Jan 16, 2005 Scorers of New SAT Get Ready for Essays

QUOTE: The team uses a technique known as "holistic scoring," a euphemism for reading an essay very quickly (a minute or so per paper) and making a snap judgment.

Washington Post
Aug 30, 2004 School Achievement Reports Often Exclude the Disabled

QUOTE: The trend toward avoiding accountability is alarming advocates for the nation's six million disabled students, who see it as an erosion of the education act's disclosure requirements.

New York Times
Aug 17, 2004 Nation's Charter Schools Lagging Behind, U.S. Test Scores Reveal

The first national comparison of test scores among children in charter schools and regular public schools shows charter school students often doing worse than comparable students in regular public schools.

New York Times
Aug 10, 2004 Paying Teachers and Students for Good Scores

QUOTE: [The O'Donnell Foundation--Ed.]...paid money bonuses to students, and to their teachers, for AP tests that received high scores.

Washington Post
Jul 28, 2004 Athletes Make the Grade Sooner by Failing First: Loophole Outwits NCAA Eligibility Rules

QUOTE: An apparent loophole in National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility regulations is leading an increasing number of top recruits to intentionally fail to graduate from high school so they can improve their chances of playing sooner in college.

Washington Post
Jul 20, 2004 Using AP Tests to Rate Teachers

QUOTE: In the growing number of schools that have heavy participation in AP or IB, and where almost all of the students in those courses take the independently written and scored examinations, the results of those tests can be used to rate the performances of individual teachers.

Washington Post
Jul 16, 2004 Colleges Rethink Acceptances of Seniors Who Slacked Off

QUOTE: Colleges and universities inform students on the application or the acceptance letter that admission is contingent on their performance throughout their senior year...The warning is an attempt to prevent the situation known as "senior slump" or "senioritis," which involves 12th-graders taking an early break from schoolwork...

Washington Post
Jul 07, 2004 Ready for Fourth Grade? Not So Fast, New York Says

QUOTE: When third-grader Sharon Deleon learned in June that she had failed a standardized test trumpeted by New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (R) as the key to ending "the discredited practice of social promotion," she felt upset and humiliated.

Washington Post
May 02, 2004 How to End Grade Inflation

QUOTE: Incorporating 'degree of difficulty' into students' G.P.A.'s would turn campuses upside down; it would eliminate faculty capriciousness precisely by factoring it would yield a world in which the average grade was never anything more or less than the middle of the scale.

New York Times
Apr 23, 2004 City May Sue Over Showing of Tests on TV

QUOTE: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, furious that questions from Tuesday's third-grade citywide reading test were broadcast on television, threatened yesterday to pursue legal action against the advocates who had made the test public and the media organizations that aired close-up images of it.

New York Times
Jul 31, 2003 To Cut Failure Rate, Schools Shed Students

QUOTE: "...we have to make sure that everyone knows it's not acceptable to tell children to leave a school because they've fallen behind."

New York Times

QUOTE: Despite its stellar reputation, a few mediocre and even lousy instructors end up at Stuyvesant because hiring is based on the union contract that values seniority more than competence.

New York Post
Feb 16, 2003 Thousands of Schools May Run Afoul of New Law

QUOTE: The formula used to identify underperforming schools is so unwieldy that President Bush described a Michigan elementary school he visited last year as "excelling" just three months before it was declared below standard.

New York Times
Jan 28, 2003 Most states lag far behind 'No Child Left Behind' law

QUOTE: One year after President Bush signed the sweeping "No Child Left Behind" education bill into law...many local lawmakers and education officials are complaining that the federal government is saddling schools with dozens of new requirements without providing enough extra money to get the job done.

Jan 28, 2003 Where All Grades Are Above Average

QUOTE: In the absence of fair grading, our success in providing this country with a truly educated public is diminished.

Washington Post

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