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Colorado Parents Should "Opt In" To Higher Standards

by Michael J. Petrilli, Robert Pondisciovia The Gazette
Saturday, April 30, 2016

For too many families, school policy and instructional methods are essentially a black box: Moms and dads drop off their kids each morning, pick them up each afternoon and get a "good" and a shrug when they ask what went on in class that day. Teacher meetings and report cards come a few times a year, but they don't break down the fundamentals of what kids actually learn. 

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Montana Right To Stick With Rigorous Testing

by Michael J. Petrilli, Robert Pondisciovia Billings Gazette
Saturday, April 30, 2016

During his 1864 re-election campaign, Abraham Lincoln famously cautioned voters that “it is not best to swap horses while crossing the river.” It’s not known whether the president came up with the aphorism himself or simply popularized it, but his meaning was as clear as it was folksy: If your course of action is sound, don’t abandon it just because the waters are rising.

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New Hampshire Should Stay The Course On Testing

by Michael J. Petrilli, Robert Pondisciovia New Hampshire Union Leader
Monday, April 18, 2016

During his 1864 reelection campaign, Abraham Lincoln cautioned voters that “it is not best to swap horses while crossing the river.” It’s not known whether the President coined the aphorism or simply popularized it, but his meaning was as clear as it was folksy: If your course of action is sound, don’t abandon it when the waters are rising. 

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Maine Voices: Was Our School-Test Decision Wise?

by Michael J. Petrilli, Robert Pondisciovia Portland Press Herald (ME)
Sunday, April 17, 2016

A new study finds the Smarter Balanced test well-matched to Maine standards. That's not the test we chose, though.

Analysis and Commentary

Michael Petrilli And Robert Pondiscio: North Dakota Should Stay The Course On Testing

by Michael J. Petrilli, Robert Pondisciovia Grand Forks Herald (ND)
Thursday, April 14, 2016

During his 1864 re-election campaign, Abraham Lincoln famously cautioned voters that “it is not best to swap horses while crossing the river.” It’s not known whether the president came up with the aphorism himself or simply popularized it, but his meaning was as clear as it was folksy: If your course of action is sound, don’t abandon it just because the waters are rising.

Analysis and Commentary

California Assessment Tests Get High Marks

by Michael J. Petrilli, Robert Pondisciovia San Diego Union-Tribune
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

During his 1864 re-election campaign, Abraham Lincoln famously cautioned voters that “it is not best to swap horses while crossing the river.” It’s not known whether the president came up with the aphorism himself or simply popularized it, but his meaning was as clear as it was folksy: If your course of action is sound, don’t abandon it just because the waters are rising.

Analysis and Commentary

Did Kansas Err In Going It Alone On Standardized Testing?

by Michael J. Petrilli, Robert Pondisciovia The Wichita Eagle
Thursday, March 10, 2016

A wise old African saying cautions: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

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Bad News Is Good News

by Michael J. Petrilli, Robert Pondisciovia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Low test scores may be unwelcome, but they’re entirely necessary. Parents shouldn’t shoot the messenger.

Analysis and Commentary

Don't Shoot The Test-Score Messenger, New Hampshire

by Michael J. Petrilli, Robert Pondisciovia Fosters.com
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Five long years ago, New Hampshire and more than 40 other states adopted tough new standards in reading and math, setting dramatically higher expectations for students in elementary and secondary schools.

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Petrilli: Mississippi Parents Finally Learning Truth

by Michael J. Petrilli, Robert Pondisciovia The Clarion-Ledger
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Five long years ago, Mississippi and more than 40 states adopted tough new standards in reading and math, setting dramatically higher expectations for students in elementary and secondary schools.

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