Principal evaluation should be multifaceted and growth-oriented rather than punitive and reliant on standardized test scores, according to a new report put out today by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

School principals in the Los Angeles Unified School District know how they'll be evaluated, for this school year at least—and, for the first time, student test scores will be a factor. Yesterday, the district and the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles reached an agreement that means that student achievement data by grade level, by department, and for the entire school will be used alongside other information in evaluating principals.

As readers of this blog surely know, today is the second day of a teachers' strike in Chicago that's being closely watched around the country. The strike has implications for districts and educators, but it has broad implications for district CEO Jean-Claude Brizard.

A divide between public school parents and members of an Orthodox Jewish community in New York threatens to tear apart a small school district.

The Council of the Great City Schools is using experience gleaned from its members to develop and sell a program that allows school districts to track key non-academic performance indicators.

This year, as has been the case since the first survey in 1999, students' perception of a safer school climate was directly related to the availability of school-based LGBT resources and support, including Gay-Straight Alliances and comprehensive anti-bullying policies.

As the school year kicks into gear, absenteeism is likely far from your mind. It's not flu season yet, and health, energy, and enthusiasm are all (hopefully) high. Yet research suggests that many teachers will miss more than ten days of school this year, and that the way schools deal with that absenteeism can have a real impact on school climate and student achievement. Join us for a webinar on substitute teaching next Thursday.

A real estate website used census data to track popular and unpopular school districts around the country.

Local charitable organizations are taking a more active stance in guiding education policy discussions in their communities.

A first-of-its-kind lawsuit accuses the Clovis Unified district of failing to uphold a 2003 law requiring sexual health education in public schools to be comprehensive, medically accurate, science-based, and bias-free.

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