August 2008 Archives

If you're curious about where vice presidential prospect Joe Biden stands on education issues, Michele McNeil reports about his statements on merit pay and per-K, and I explain his regret over voting for NCLB....


Phi Delta Kappa and Education Next offer side-by-side comparisons of the American public's opinion of NCLB. PDK found that 16 percent of the public wants to "extend the law without change." Ed Next says that 21 percent want to "renew the law as is" and another 29 percent want "minimal changes." PDK's survey reports that 42 percent want to change the law "significantly," and Education Next said that 27 percent want "major changes." (Education Next provides a sample of teachers and found they are far more likely to dislike NCLB than the general public. Here's one teacher's opinion about the ...


NCLB's accountability measures are changing the way schools meet the needs of students, especially minorities, according to researchers. "NCLB provides new incentives for schools to improve these students' performance, and it seems like schools are doing so," David Figlio of Northwestern University wrote in yesterday's chat on edweek.org. But the overall impact of federal and state accountability systems depends on the leadership of the principal and the individual choices of teachers, according to research published today. In one study of 245 elementary schools in California, Melissa Henne and Heeju Jang of the University of California, Berkeley, found that the ...


Contrary to my assertion that there was "nothing happening," I came back from vacation to find newsy tidbits in my inbox and on my RSS feed. None of them were better than a day at the beach, but they're worth listing here. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings gave seven states the ability to offer tutoring one year before school choice for schools failing to make AYP. I'm guessing that civil right activists are unhappy that Alabama is one of them. Spellings also created the National Technical Advisory Council, which will evaluate states' accountability systems. The panel includes the usual potpourri ...


The New York Times editorial board lauds the stand that civil rights groups have taken against a bill to halt NCLB's accountability. (Perhaps they saw this.) Reading the editorial, I realized: One of the most important things that happened to NCLB this year was an effort to stop something from happening. Kind of hard to keep a blog going under those circumstances. I'm giving up. For the next two weeks at least. I'm headed off on vacation. The blog will be up and running again on Aug. 18. (You can get the next item delivered to your e-mail box. See ...


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