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April 24, 2008

Kudos to the Education Industry Association

EIA's Code was an important step towards demonstrating how its members' interests in SES aligned with the public interest. But issues of efficacy have replaced those of marketing. It's time for the Code to show that SES providers' interests in evaluation coincide with the publics' with standards of evidence, methodology, frequency and disclosure.

April 10, 2008

Teaching Should Be a Legally-Recognized Profession, But It's Not

As a matter of law, professional work involves three key attributes: personal liability, autonomy and self-regulation. By these criteria, teaching is no profession, but should be. A true teaching profession would help the school improvement industry a great deal and accelerate k-12s advancing state of the art. But its up to teachers.

February 29, 2008

The Education Industry Association’s Annual Washington Meeting (II)

Yesterday I attended parts of the Education Industry Association’s annual Washington policy conference. My observations.

February 27, 2008

The Education Industry Association’s Annual Washington Meeting (I)

There are any number of issues around the SES provisions of a reauthorized NCLB, but if SES providers do not also weigh in on the law’s accountability provisions – and particularly those related to the calculation of Adequate Yearly Progress – there may not be much of an SERS market to pursue.

October 19, 2007

What the School Improvement Industry Ought to be Saying About "100/2014" and the "Impossibility Argument"

t is ironic that in 2007 people are arguing the 100%/2014 is an impossible dream. I would have a great deal more sympathy if this was 2012 and schools were meeting a 90% target.

October 18, 2007

Should/Does the School Improvement Industry Have Anything to Say About 100% Proficiency by 2014?

Proficency targets are the single most important factor determining the size of the school improvement market as measured by potential sales revenues.

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