Tested to Despair

Stop high-stakes testing from destroying public education.


Move over, Betsy Ross

Outside  Arne's office

Outside Arne’s office

A teacher shared this photo taken outside Arne Duncan’s office.


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MCAS for all!

Merkoline reports from Massachusetts

My typical students are teenagers with “challenging behavior” including autism. Most have other neurological or psychiatric diagnoses as well. For example, C is a non-verbal 12-year old, diagnosed with  Pervasive Developmental Disability (PDD) and anxiety disorder. During a bad spell, which might last for several weeks, without redirection he would spend most of his day pacing in circles, biting his own arms, or pounding the back of his neck. He can’t sit more than 30 seconds Continue reading