Standardized Tests, Funding Ties Put Undue Pressure on Teachers

An Atlanta judge last week sentenced eight public school teachers, principals and administrators to jail for conspiring to inflate students’ state test scores. The sentencing was a tragic end to the Atlanta testing scandals that began in 2009.

California’s Student Testing the Next Battleground

I have been so preoccupied with writing columns on the local war between charter and traditional public schools that I have unwittingly neglected another contentious public battle. The standards for testing in California’s public schools are changing, and the looming fight could be as partisan and ugly as the roll out of the Affordable Care Act.