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A new poll says that parents don’t like standardized tests, but the story is more nuanced than that

Sixty-seven percent of public school parents felt that there is too much emphasis on standardized testing in a recent poll released by Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup, reported The Washington Post. But that’s only half the story. 

Extended Learning Opportunities put students’ passions and interests at the center of their learning at Pittsfield Middle High School

Extended Learning Opportunities put students’ passions and interests at the center of their learning at Pittsfield Middle High School

Pittsfield Middle High School has been a statewide and national model for anytime, anywhere learning with Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs).  Whether its early childhood education, law enforcement, American Sign Language, or music entertainment, ELOs bring students’ interests to the forefront of their learning.

Rochester begins its second year with performance based assessments

Rochester begins its second year with performance based assessments

Rochester is one of four New Hampshire school districts beginning the second year of the pilot PACE program, which replaces some standardized testing with locally-based competency systems that weave assessments into the curriculum throughout the school year. 

New science standards encourage learning through inquiry and experiment

New science standards encourage learning through inquiry and experiment

Next Generation Science Standards are replacing traditional science standards in many California school districts, which incorporate engineering and technology into the classroom.

Student-centered learning in action: Pittsfield Middle High School empowers students

Student-centered learning in action: Pittsfield Middle High School empowers students

Pittsfield Middle High School has shifted to a student-centered learning model, where students are taught rigorous mastery of academic subjects, but on their own terms in ways that they learn best. 

Why do we need the new Smarter Balanced assessments?

Why do we need the new Smarter Balanced assessments?

The new Smarter Balanced assessments replaced New Hampshire’s NECAP tests for math and English this year. But many people, both in and outside the classroom, wonder: why do we need a change? This video from Be A Learning Hero breaks it down: these assessments match the standards that teachers are already […]

Competency Based Education: Transforming learning from a time-based to a learning-based model

Competency Based Education: Transforming learning from a time-based to a learning-based model

At its core, competency based education (CBE) is a model that transforms learning from a structured, one-size-fits-all teaching model to a personalized, flexible learning model that focuses on mastery and application of concepts and skills and accounts for various learning styles and needs.

The impact of investing in early childhood development

The impact of investing in early childhood development

It’s not really debatable It’s been clear for years: early childhood development pays off big.

Regular assessments improve education–for everyone

Regular assessments improve education–for everyone

In a recent article at the Hechinger Report, New York Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch argues that the opt-out movement disproportionately hurts our most vulnerable students.