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May 30, 2008

Friday Guest Column: Local DC Activists Protest Chancellor's Choice of Independent Evaluators To City Council

We are deeply disturbed at the Mayor's choice of Frederick Hess and Kenneth Wong as unbiased, independent judges of the city's public school reform.

May 16, 2008

Friday Guest Column: Mission Smarts on Value Added Models and the Fear of Data

The first National Conference on Value Added Modeling implied a consensus that value-added models (VAM) have great advantages over typical “status” methods (meet or exceed a standard), but that scholars were less comfortable using VAM in pay-for-performance because of the difficulty in isolating teacher effects on learning.

May 09, 2008

Friday Guest Column: Is Education Research on the Leading Edge of School Improvement?

The jury is still out - the question posed in the title has yet to be adequately answered. It is now a cliché that data, scientific evidence and research-based knowledge can and should shape policy and practice in education. But it is clear that education still has a long way to go before data and evidence are used systematically and effectively in school improvement.

April 24, 2008

The Northwest Education Cluster: A Continuing Saga

Since my first report to edbizbuzz readers on the NW Education Cluster, we have been busy - with some success. But we still have quite a journey to go as we work towards building a collection of organizations, both public and private, that strive to foster change and progress within the northwest education environment. Our last meeting offers a case study.

April 18, 2008

Friday Guest Column: Not Left v. Right, But "Clued in" v. "Clueless"

Businessmen and women were our best allies against the narrowing of the curriculum and opposing a destructive "testing culture."

April 11, 2008

One K-12 Investment Banker's Prognosis: Five Reasons to Prepare for Generation Z!

The combination of more children, more working parents, public spending pressures created by more retirees, and a thinner wage-earning tax base to support public education spending is likely to add up to more consumerism in the education marketplace in the years to come.

April 04, 2008

Friday Guest Column: The Rise of Virtual College Fairs

A virtual college fair offers everything you might see at a traditional college fair - plus.

April 02, 2008

A Belated Friday Guest Column - Redefining Tech Support

With the support of corporations in the classrooms, practical approaches to accountability and administrators acquiring the best software to meet teacher’s day-to-day (urgent) needs, our teachers will be equipped to prepare today’s youth to become productive citizens in the world’s most vibrant democracy and become tomorrow’s leaders.

March 19, 2008

A Belated Friday Guest Column - Is SES Exec Carter Sincere or "Shocked, Shocked"?

SES providers are working to lower public expectations. From the Education Industry Association' s website: “No one should expect 30 to 40 hours of after-school tutoring during the course of a school year – the equivalent of one week of classes – to magically boost student scores on standardized state tests.”

March 07, 2008

Friday Guest Column: SBR and RB – Measures of Efficacy or Red Herring?

The reason why small and medium size providers don’t spend much money on research is that the entrenched opposition in the education community doesn’t really care. Their hostility is ideologically based not performance related.

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