Education reporter Lindsey Foat brings you a curated reading list in the field of education every week.
1. Can Schools Be Held Accountable Without Standardized Tests? — Mindshift
A Colorado school district is working to prove to state education officials that there are alternatives to standardized testing. Douglas County School District officials have proposed legislation that would create a waiver system for schools that routinely perform well on standardized tests, and allow those schools to self-report their progress.
2. For Latino Parents, Bilingual Classrooms Aren’t Just About Language — NPR
For many Latino parents, a bilingual education means preserving culture and their native tongue. NPR’s race and culture journalism project Code Switch outlines the research, controversies, and growing demand for bilingual classrooms.
3. Kansas adds defensive barrier after cyberattack shuts down student testing — Kansas City Star
Standardized testing was interrupted this week in Kansas by a cyberattack that forced the state to shut down its online testing system. State officials have beefed up security, but have no idea who organized the assault.
4. Secretary Arne Duncan defends against growing criticism from left and right — PBS NewsHour
House Education and the Workforce Committee chair John Kline, R-Minn., and left-leaning education advocate Diane Ravitch can agree on at least one thing: Education Secretary Arne Duncan has too much power. Education correspondent John Merrow reports on the role of the federal government in education, as well as the controversy surrounding the Common Core standards.
5. Public Schools for Sale? — Moyers & Company
In the United States, K-12 education pulls in more than $500 billion in taxpayer money every year. Bill Moyers talks with education advocate and author Diane Ravitch about the charter school movement and private interests in public education. Ravitch contends that if charter schools continue growing at current rates that cities including Kansas City, Mo, may not have public schools in ten years.
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