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Policy Review by topic: Accountability and Testing

January 27, 2009

Wrong Turn on School Reform

How to get back on track after No Child Left Behind

August 1, 2008

Professor, Do Your Job

The classroom is not your political platform.

July 30, 2007

Held Back

No Child Left Behind needs some work

April 1, 2005

The Politics of Literacy

When reading skills become a national issue

October 1, 2000

Progress v. Progressive Education

Jon Jewett on Left Back: A Century of Failed School Reform by Diane Ravitch and When Schools Compete: A Cautionary Tale by Edward B. Fiske and Helen F. Ladd

June 1, 2000

Meritocracy, If You Can Keep It

Rhoda Rabkin on The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy by Nicholas Lemann and Standardized Minds: The High Price of America’s Testing Culture by Peter Sacks

January 1, 1999

Vouchers and Test Scores

What the numbers show

July 1, 1998


Death with real dignity; standards: the latest fad

March 1, 1998

The Gold Star State

How Texas jumped to the head of the class in elementary-school achievement

September 1, 1997

Learning-Free Zones

Five reasons America’s schools won’t improve