The Council of the Great City Schools convened a town hall on the current testing regime in public schools, with panelists discussing its impact and what's needed to better assess student learning and the effectiveness of classroom instruction.
The council said that under Grier's leadership, access to Advanced Placement courses increased and more Houston students took the SAT college entrance exam.
In the trial's fourth week of testimony, witnesses recount details of how they changed students' answers on tests to meet both state and district academic targets.
Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago public schools, will ask the U.S. Department of Education to let the district hold off on a full administration of PARCC tests for another year.
The 58th annual conference of the Council of the Great City Schools will tackle the most pressing challenges facing urban school district leaders.
From expanded all-day pre-K programs, extensive community engagement, and a focus on English-language learners, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña are making their mark on New York City education. Still, the administration has taken some criticism for being slow to articulate a turnaround plan for the worst performing schools.
While the union has succeeded in temporarily blocking a requirement that its members contribute to their health benefits, broader questions about the school district's authority to make unilateral changes to employee contracts remain unsettled.
The union, angry over the district's unilateral move to cancel the teachers' contract, is asking for the dispute to be moved to Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas
The hard-charging superintendent is stepping down after an at-times tumultuous run as chief of the nation's second largest school district.
State officials stopped short of saying that cheating occurred at the elementary school, but noted that "significant" changes—including a high number of erasures from incorrect to correct answers—signaled that testing protocols were not followed.