- A new book looks for lessons in Japan’s test- and discipline-driven education system. (Atlantic)
- On the radio, Mayor Bloomberg said it’s time kids (and parents) got used to tests. Lots of tests. (Capital)
- What makes a “good” urban school? Slate’s podcast tackles that with an author and an ed researcher.
- The key to kindergarten admissions, according to Insideschools? Don’t rank schools you don’t like.
- Psychologist: score cutoffs for gifted programs can miss kids who would benefit from them. (Hechinger)
- Research: mentors who protect students from consequences could hurt character development. (Russo)
- Marc Tucker: Shanghai’s school system is great because of fundamentals, not charters and vouchers.
- Not all schools that received big federal grants saw their scores improve, even by a few points. (HuffPost)