Future Teachers Deterred by Standardized Tests: A Michigan Story, A National Problem

By Lindsay Jeffers Tania, an exuberant, creative, and bright African American student, is finally pursuing a career she has always dreamed about, albeit a little later than she anticipated.  She enrolled at her university in 2013 as an Elementary Education major and began her coursework. During her sophomore year, Tania took the Professional Readiness Exam…

Picture of a pencil lying on top of a test answer sheet with bubble in answer options. One of the questions has test as the options instead of the traditional ABCDE

What the Data Won’t Show

by Susan Lazear When Autumn texts me, she always ends with, “Sorry to bother you.”  Sometimes she sends a heart, too, or sometimes it’s a row of hearts. Her Facebook profile picture is from graduation day. Her other pictures are from when her parents paid a local photographer to take her picture in a field,…

Editor Roundup: April 2014 Edition

  These are some of the stories that have been passing through our inboxes, Twitter feeds and Facebook conversation threads. As you read, please consider sharing your thoughts in the comments section, or with a post of your own. We’re always looking for new voices! Here is what our editorial board has been reading these…

Standardized Testing: Then and Now

By Jeremy Hyler I find myself in front of 7th and 8th graders each day, trying to make a positive impact on their personal and academic lives. In today’s world, standardized testing does have an impact on me as a teacher. Now I am on the opposite end of the spectrum from when I was…