Day: February 1, 2021

Biden seeks key school data to reopen schools — but the agency that collects it needs resources to do it

Dozens of organizations concerned about the NCES sent a letter (see below) Monday to key U.S. legislators asking them to give $10 million to the agency so that it can do the data collecting that Biden is seeking.

“Essential to reopening schools and returning students and teachers to the classroom safely and securely is taking rapid steps based on accurate, timely, and objective statistics,” says the letter.

Its signatories include the American Statistical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Sociological Association, the National Center for Learning Disabilities and the two national teachers unions: the National Education Association and the

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What you need to know about standardized testing

Ravitch worked from 1991 to 1993 as assistant secretary in charge of research and improvement in the Education Department of President George H.W. Bush, and she served as counselor to then-Education Secretary Lamar Alexander, who had just left the Senate where he had served as chairman of the Senate Education Committee. She was at the White House as part of a select group when George W. Bush first outlined No Child Left Behind (NCLB), a moment that at the time she said made her “excited and optimistic” about the future of public education.

But her opinion changed as NCLB was

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