• Summer reading: It schools the mind

    Languid summer days are near at hand. For students finishing the traditional academic year, time — free and fallow — beckons. But as days slip into weeks and months, something else accrues alongside rest and refreshment: a skills drop-off that erodes learning gains. Low-income students are most at risk. Unlike…

  • NC Scores on Writing Test

    After the release of test scores a few weeks ago that likely exaggerated North Carolina's gains in reading since 1998, a new writing test offers unadulterated good news.