Month: March 2015

More Than a Score: Opting Out of High Stakes Tests

Come standardized testing season this spring, some students are planning to stay home. Students and parents across the country, in greater numbers than ever before, are choosing to opt out of the annual assessments, saying that they are too stressful for students, teachers and schools alike, and that they don’t actually reflect how well a student is doing.

Press Freedom Then and Now

Sometimes journalists risk their jobs and even their own safety to protect these sources and break difficult stories. These are some of the stories of American journalists who have spoken out on behalf of people whose voices needed to be heard by the public.

Youth Activists Take On Pedestrian Safety

On average, five kids are hit by a car in New York City every day. 14-year-old Allison Collard de Beaufort is the founder and president of the Vision Zero Youth Council, part of a project supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio to make the city’s streets safer.