Monthly Archives: April 2016

High Stake Testing & Graduation

A new working paper titled The Causes and Consequences of Test Score Manipulation: Evidence from the New York Regents Examinations examines the effects of high stakes testing required for graduation. The study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, … Continue reading

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Technology in the Classroom

Technology has changed our world and it will continue to change in ways that we can’t even imagine. It has become a part of our work and home lives, but it has become especially pervasive in the classroom. Computers are … Continue reading

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Math, Language, and the Common Core

These three things are inextricably tied together in today’s math classes (at least in the states that adopted common core). I’m going to start out this post talking about math education in the US, followed by an explanation of how … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Smindergarten

I’ve been thinking about what might be considered the ‘new’ American kindergarten experience after watching the videos in class on Tuesday depicting two very different classrooms. With an emphasis on standards, kindergarten resembles what first grade did years ago. Is … Continue reading

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The Education of Young Children

In last week’s Politics of Reading class, we spent time discussing what is developmentally appropriate for young children in light of the new push for academic achievement and preparation for standardized testing.  We watched a video of a particular American … Continue reading

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Domino Effect

In my time here at Chapel Hill, I have learned a lot about our educational system as a whole. One thing that I have learned is the issues that standardized testing has caused for the majority of the people I … Continue reading

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Coding and Language Arts

Recently, I was in the unfortunate situation of having to drive more than 300 miles on I-95. During spring break season. Oh, and it was also Easter weekend. For those of you who are not familiar with I-95 (it stretches … Continue reading

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