School reformers like to talk about "blow it up" dramatic change. My autonomous network idea for Los Angeles is a deliberate counter-example.
People are again talking about breaking up the country's second largest school district. I think that networks of schools would work better than smaller hierarchies.
Unless students get feedback that motivates them, the elegance of state and district data systems won't mean much.
Statewide accountability data won't create organizational learning unless it's connected to a school's story about where it's headed and what causes success.
California Superintendent Tom Torlakson discusses his second-term plans in a state that dissed NCLB, ditched single-test accountability, revolutionized finance, and raised taxes to get its schools moving again.
Carl Cohn, recently resigned California state school board member and former superintendent in Long Beach and San Diego, advocates breakup of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
California dumped its single number achievement system, and it's headed toward a dashboard of indicators. Will the public learn to read the dials and lights or just hone in on standardized test scores?
As California redesigns its assessment system, questions of data usefulness rise to the forefront. Think rapid feedback rather than data autopsy.
In a low-turnout election Political Action Committees spent more than $4.7-million to replace one union-backed board member with another.
Guest contributor Arun Ramanathan recalls his struggles with the English language and asks why we make learning it so difficult and convoluted.