History lessons

We Americans love to argue about what students should be taught. Witness last year’s fisticuffs in Texas over revisions to the state social studies curriculum — a debate that became a national story for months.  But while we’ll go to the mat over what to include and what to leave out, once the dust settles

Modified tests for Pennsylvania special ed students

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported on April 18 that the state of Pennsylvania is offering modified state tests in math for all special education students, and it is field-testing simplified-format tests in reading and science for this same group. The modified tests, called PSSA-M (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment-Modified), are offered in an effort to

Standardized tests vs. skill development

North Carolina’s State Board of Education is looking at “sweeping changes to the way it evaluates students and rates schools,” says the Charlotte Observer. The big question is, “what changes?” One of the ideas being floated is to have students take college entrance exams or occupational tests as a measure of student readiness for life

Algebra II helps electricians, too

According to an article in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi students who don’t want to go to college may soon have the option to earn a “career-track” diploma, if House Bill 1210 becomes law. If I’ve read the bill correctly, a “career-track” diploma would only require students to pass Algebra I before graduating. Since the politicians