Article; Too much testing in schools.  (Source; The Atlantic, October 2015)

The White House’s recent acknowledgement of too much testing in schools. Read the Atlantic’s latest expose on the issue. Find it here and the corresponding study on testing in our schools.


Article and Data

Teacher Shortages Persist in the U.S. (Source; The Atlantic and OPE, Sept 2015)

Teacher Shortages – A closer look at the numbers
While the country’s teaching force is certainly dealing with a staffing problem, a closer look at the numbers shows that shortages are centered in particular subject areas and geographic areas. In fact, there may be too many certified teachers in some fields, such as early-childhood education.  See the whole article at The Atlantic.

Then look over to the U.S. Dep of Education and Post Secondary Office for data on the subject.



Article:The Citizen Preschooler (Source: The Atlantic, August 2015)

From the Atlantic comes a look at Harvard’s Project Zero, which aims to instill democratic values in children as young as Preschool.

Find the article on the Atlantic’s website.


Every Student a Citizen (Source: NCLCE, July 2015)

Read the latest blog entry by former legislators Lyla Berg and Jim Shon, as they further explore the shortfalls of current civic education and look as to what can be done to improve the situation.

Find it on the NCLCE website here.


Article; November, 2013

Helping Diverse Learners Master The Common Core

From the Editorial Projects in Education “Moving beyond the Mainstream-  Helping Diverse Learners Master the Common Core”. Find it here.


Article; October, 2013

Science Standards Challenges Envisioned for Next-Generation Science Tests

Amidst growing fights over Common Core standards and tests for math and English, the common science standards have been quietly gaining steam. But some experts predict that measuring student progress under these standards may require even more testing innovation than the Common Core. So far, seven states have adopted the Next-Generation Science Standards. See an article on Washington’s adoption of the standards. (Education Week, premium article access compliments of, 10/02/13) Found here.


Article; October, 2013

New Report out shows large variations in Teacher Evaluation between States.

A new report out from the Center of Public Education looks trends occurring in Teacher Evaluations between the states. Find the report here.


Article; October, 2013

Assessments/Common Core State Chiefs Set Criteria for ‘High-Quality’ Assessment.

State superintendents are demanding that testmakers, including the two consortia building tests for the common standards, adhere to four principles to create “high-quality assessment.” A Council of Chief State School Officers report describes how assessment practice should ensure test accessibility and security, and create user-friendly reports that chart students’ progress and provide data that can help guide instruction. (Education Week, premium article access compliments of, 10/01/13)

CCSSO Assessment Quality Principles 10-1-13 FINAL


Article; September, 2013

Three Ways to Derail the Common Core Standards

HEPC’s Director, Jim Shon, writes for Huffpost Hawaii, on how the Common Core can be derailed.  Find the  publication here.



Exploration of the digital age in Schooling (Source: The Atlantic, April, 2015)

From The Atlantic comes a new exploration of classroom use of technology and what it means for student’s future careers and personal lives. Find the full article, written by Alia Wong, here.

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