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Rapid blood tests for coronavirus could fill a large gap in knowledge. Taechit Taechamanodom/Moment via Getty Images

Coronavirus tests are pretty accurate, but far from perfect

Expanding coronavirus testing is one of the most important tasks public health officials are tackling right now. But questions over accuracy of the two main types of tests have rightly caused concern.
Health workers test for COVID-19 in Asuncion, Paraguay. Nathalia Aguilar/EPA

Coronavirus: a warning to Latin America and the Caribbean to dramatically increase COVID-19 testing

A group of population experts have called on governments in Latin American and the Caribbean to urgently ramp up testing for COVID-19 before it's too late.
New cases daily for COVID-19 in world and top countries. Chris55 /wikipedia

Coronavirus: country comparisons are pointless unless we account for these biases in testing

We need to update models on death rates or introduce truly random testing to understand the true impact of the coronavirus.
T.M. Landry College Prep co-founders Tracey and Michael Landry have stepped down from the school’s board as authorities investigate a wide range of allegations against the school, from academic fraud to physical abuse. T.M. Landry College Prep

How T.M. Landry College Prep failed black families

T.M. Landry College Prep, facing allegations of abuse, is known for getting students from poor backgrounds into Ivy League schools. An education scholar says the school's focus was misplaced.
Several school systems have become engulfed in cheating scandals as of late. Is the pressure to boost school performance becoming too much? Lightspring/Shutterstock

Why school leaders fake academic success

An education professor, who worked as a teacher in Atlanta Public Schools during a cheating scandal that began in 2009, explains what factors and forces lead educators to fake academic success.
Several recent cheating scandals have rocked some of America’s most prestigious high schools. Shutterstock.com

Why students at prestigious high schools still cheat on exams

Despite embarrassing publicity about cheating at top US high schools, academic dishonesty remains a problem. Could focusing on mastery instead of test scores help mitigate the problem?
To make sure we get the most out of education, we may need to both broaden our narrative about standardised testing and try to minimise its negative influences. Shutterstock

Support for standardised tests boils down to beliefs about who benefits from it

The use of standardised testing is a divisive topic, and most of the disagreement comes down to beliefs about whether using it to control education is a good or bad thing.

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