High School Notes

November 2011


Do Multiple Choice Questions Pass the Test?

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Use a No. 2 pencil, fill out each circle completely, and don't make any stray marks—these are rules every child learns when taking standardized tests that are largely based on multiple choice. But are multiple choice exams the best way to test students' knowledge?

Experts say they are—sort of.

The ...

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standardized tests
K-12 education
high school
National Assessment of Educational Progress
College Board

Districts Moving to 4-Day Weeks Double Since 2009

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A small but growing number of school districts have shortened the school week, according to a Washington Post survey released last week.

The number of districts with four-day weeks has grown to 292, more than doubling the 120 districts estimated in 2009. There are about 15,000 public school ...

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parenting
students
teachers
Duncan, Arne
education
education reform
education policy
high school
K-12 education

National Math Assessment Scores Creep Up But Stagnate in Reading

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American fourth and eighth graders took a small step forward in math achievement but stayed relatively stagnant in reading scores between 2009 and 2011, according to the latest national assessment of those subjects, released this morning.

Average reading achievement scores on the National Assessment ...

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TAGS:
STEM education
math
National Assessment of Educational Progress
students
K-12 education

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