The States Need to Step It Up on STEM

The 2014 Leaders & Laggards report contains lots of data on AP STEM performance. States are mostly faring poorly: no state has even one in six students passing an AP STEM exam.

Common-Core Validation Committee Non-Signer Dylan Wiliam Shares a Couple Thoughts

In response to my post about Common Core advocates' five half-truths, Dylan Wiliam wrote to me explaining why he refused to sign off on the Common Core State Standards.

K-12 Leaders & Laggards Circa 2014: How the States Are Doing

Today the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is releasing its 2014 Leaders & Laggards report. It introduces new measures, revisits old measures, and allows for comparison between the 2014 and 2007 findings.

10 Thoughts on the New AP U.S. History Framework

The College Board's revision of the AP U.S. History curriculum framework has ignited a firestorm. Contrary to some recent attacks, it's not malicious, but it does raise questions about intellectual balance.

Common Core's Five Big Half-Truths

Common Core advocates repeatedly stress five impressive claims. Here's a cheat sheet for evaluating those claims, which are far less compelling than they appear at first glance.

Two Schools of 'School Reform:' The Conservative and the Progressive

People ask me, "You're a reformer. How can you think X?" I think much of the confusion is because "reform" has been used to describe two different schools of thought: one progressive and one conservative.

Rethinking Teacher Compensation to Attract and Retain Top Talent

Several years ago, YES Prep replaced a step-and-lane teacher compensation system with our Teacher Continuum. Here are some key lessons we've learned.

Teacher Evaluation Systems Based on Trust, Transparency, and Growth

At YES Prep, our Instructional Excellence Rubric (IER) is the foundation for our teacher development and evaluation system. Three principles for successful teacher evaluation have guided our work.

For Teacher Training, On-the-Job, Contextualized Support Is Key

What we believe contributes most to a teacher's success is the support available at school. Realizing this, we created our own teacher training and certification program.

One Secret to Success at YES Prep: Hiring the Right People

What's the secret sauce at YES Prep? This week, we will discuss the main driver of our success: the quality of our people. Let's start with how we hire them.

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