Go beyond the stereotypes in special education

Special education. The phrase, unfortunately, can conjure up lots of stereotypes. But the Center’s new report, “Special education: A better perspective,” offers a compelling look at who special education students are and what we can expect of them. Some highlights: The special education population has grown from 5 percent of the student population in 1976 to

Mixed results on our National Report Card

Yesterday the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the results of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in mathematics for 4th and 8th graders. The math assessment focused on measuring students’ grasp of mathematical concepts and their ability to apply those concepts to solve problems. Overall, there was little or no change

Are you smarter than . . .

I was looking on an education site the other day and found an interactive feature that allowed you to take sample standardized test questions. Call me a sucker for punishment, but I can’t resist those things. Besides the promised reward of knowing I could pass fifth grade, I also like to see what we ask