Education Department bill hones in on reducing standardized tests

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius explains provisions of HF1591, a bill that contains the department’s policy proposals, during March 12 testimony before the House Education Innovation Policy Committee. Photo by Paul Battaglia


Wonk time: An insider's critique of new Minnesota school rating system

Students at Maxfield Elementary school (Photo by Alleen Brown)

St. Paul accountability chief Matt Mohs isn’t sold yet on the new Minnesota system designed to identify schools that are succeeding and failing.


When tests tell teachers nothing: Special needs not met by standardized tests

David Junwirth is a student at Bridge View (photo courtesy of Rachel Peulen)

Every spring at St. Paul’s Bridge View school for students with significant special needs, teacher Rachel Peulen spends two to three weeks administering a test that she knows will tell her next to nothing about her students.


St. Paul teacher: Too much testing hurts kids who need help most

Kaye Peters (Photo by Alleen Brown)

For St. Paul English teacher Kaye Peters, the standardized tests her Central High students take throughout the year are an annoying distraction.


One teacher's story: Testing makes teaching a nightmare

Students made a collage showing hopes and dreams (photo by Alleen Brown)

For some teachers, the years since No Child Left Behind passed have been times of great personal and professional loss.


Minnesota's tests: are they really worth the trouble?

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There are times in a person's life - like when you give yourself a home perm or when you drive your car with the "check oil" light on - when you look at an expert and ask, "Is the damage really that bMORE »

New test results provide clarity & confusion

If you are paying attention, you’re confused. That’s my reaction to the release last week of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test scores involving Minnesota students. Fourth and eight grade reading and math results were published. Minnesota’s two largest daily papers had different headlines, using the same data. The (Minneapolis-based) Star Tribune proclaimed, “State’s kids really are above average.” Their story began, “When it comes to math and reading, Minnesota students are way above the national average.” MORE »
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