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2:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test

New standardized tests put more emphasis on using evidence to support arguments.
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Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 12:51 pm

What are the two most feared — most reviled — words in the English language?

"Tax day," maybe? Or "traffic jam"?

"Pink slip" still connotes an awful brand of helplessness, even though, I assume, most Americans who get pink-slipped these days never see a pink slip.

No, my vote is for "standardized test."

That's right. You felt it, didn't you? Shivers up the spine. The stab of a No. 2 pencil. And oh! Those monstrous, monotonous bubbles. They may as well be a legion of eyes staring back at your inadequacy.

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Education
1:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Task Force to Begin Tackling Wisconsin's Racial Achievement Gap

A national foundation ranked Wisconsin dead last in educational disparities between white children and black children.
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On Wednesday, a committee of educators will meet in Madison to begin looking for ways to close achievement gaps.

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4:46 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Putting Student Data To The Test To Identify Struggling Kids

Student Mack Godbee and mentor Natasha Santana-Viera go over Godbee's report card. Godbee's performance has improved since a data monitoring program identified him as a dropout risk.
Sammy Mack StateImpact Florida

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 4:24 am

At Miami Carol City Senior High in Florida, a handful of teachers, administrators and coaches are gathered around a heavy wooden table in a conference room dubbed the "War Room," looking through packets of information about several students.

There are others at the table, too: analysts from the group Talent Development Secondary, which monitors student data; City Year, a nonprofit that provides mentors; and Communities in Schools, which connects kids with health care and social services.

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Education
8:37 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Wisconsin Schools: Test Scores Up, Racial Gaps Persist, Voucher Schools Gain

Statewide, test scores have improved over five years, by 1.8% in math and 1.1% in reading.

According to test scores released by the Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin students overall have improved in math and reading.

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Education
4:29 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Post Ranking: Top 3 Most Challenging High Schools in Wisconsin

Eastbrook Academy is a small voucher school on Milwaukee's north side.
Credit Eastbrook Academy

The Washington Post has ranked what it considers the top high schools in the country when it comes to challenging their students.

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