Central management is not well-positioned to process the never-ending stream of case-by-cases decisions implied by a system of school accountability based on individual student performance.

The marketplace for teacher-generated content will continue to evolve. In the process, those who benefit most are teachers.

School systems generally have capacity when measured by the standard developed for the state accountability legislation passed before NCLB - average student performance. NCLB measures capacity by the percentage of students demonstrating proficiency in literacy and math on a path to universal proficiency. Most of public education lacks this capacity.

By engaging in deeper conversations with customers, you strengthen customer relationships. The strategy builds brand loyalty, generates support, and adds value to your products and services.

A few days ago, I was asked to define “capacity” in the context of school reform. It's a label that hides more than it reveal. When you get down to cases, it refers to whatever you believe is preventing schools from doing whatever you believes they should do.

As matters now stand, it’s not likely that either candidate will make their position on program evaluation a matter of record. Let me offer one election scenario where they might. It is a stretch, but offers some interesting opportunities to examine the politics of public education.

My perspective on the subject of this series is not without partisan overtones, and that's relevant. Consequently, I decided that before I discuss my scenario, readers need to appreciate how my interest in SBR policy intersects with my political support for John McCain.

Bronze is a place for students (particularly older students) to hang out after school. In order to help get it off the ground, I entered the idea at Ideablob.com, a monthly contest sponsored by Advanta Bank, where entrepreneurs submit their ideas to a vote.

In my view, the concept of program evaluation represented by NCLB's scientifically based research provisions is the most important issue in federal education policy the candidates don’t discuss. This week’s Letter addresses the options available if a Presidential candidate decides to take a position.

However minor my role in the development of Senator McCain’s education policy, I think it’s better for all concerned if the relationship is placed on the table at a time when it is least likely to influence or be influenced by campaign events - or be characterized as such.


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