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November 13, 2009

How Should Teachers Be Involved in Assessment?

You may remember that I moonlight as Education Week 's assessment reporter in addition to covering teacher issues. Right now, I'm in Boston covering the U.S. Department of Education's first public forum on the $350 million that it'll be putting toward consortia of states that create common assessme...

November 12, 2009

Teacher Elements of Final Race to the Top Guidelines

The final Race to the Top guidelines are here! There are some interesting new details on the effective-teacher policies. And of the four pillars or "assurances" in the economic-stimulus legislation, teacher effectiveness, it turns out, gets the most weight (28 percent) in the scoring process. Let'...

November 09, 2009

Wisconsin Teacher 'Firewall' Law Too Lax, Critics Say

Some critics think Wisconsin's effort to tear down a data "firewall" is too timid.

October 30, 2009

Duncan Calls for Multiple Measures in Evaluation

The U.S. Secretary of Education underscored at a forum that teacher evaluations should be based on "multiple measures" that would include student achievement alongside other factors, such as peer evaluations.

October 22, 2009

Duncan to Reiterate Criticisms of Teacher Education

Education Secretary Arne Duncan doesn't appear poised to go easier on schools of education in remarks he's making this morning at Columbia University's Teachers College. As you may recall, his remarks earlier this month on the theme caught some flak from the teacher-ed community. News of this morni...

October 19, 2009

What Happens Now in the NCLB Suit?

An appeals court has deadlocked over the "unfunded mandate" lawsuit, filed by several school districts and the National Education Association, against the No Child Left Behind law. That means a lower court's decision backing the feds will stand. Mark Walsh has the scoop over on the School Law Blog. ...

October 15, 2009

Teachers' Colleges Respond to Duncan Remarks

I checked in with the president of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education today to get some feedback on what her members thought about Education Secretary Arne Duncan's speech on teacher colleges. Overall, she said, her members were disappointed in the tenor of the speech and hop...

October 12, 2009

Duncan Has Harsh Words for Teacher Colleges

Education Secretary Arne Duncan had some pretty tough words for teacher colleges at a speech he gave at the Curry School of Education, in Charlottesville, Va., on Friday: "In far too many universities, education schools are the neglected stepchild. Often they don't attract the best students or fac...

October 05, 2009

Teacher 'Residencies' Get Federal Boost

Although it got a bit lost in all the commotion about this hearing, the Education Department made an important teacher-preparation announcement last week. The agency awarded $43 million in grants to improve preparation programs at 28 institutions. They're the first grants awarded under the retooled...

October 01, 2009

From Formula to Competitive Teacher-Quality Grants?

Over at Politics K-12, Alyson Klein notes that the Obama administration seems to favor competitive grants, rather than formula grants, in its approach to education funding. It's a smart observation, and although I'm reading the tea leaves a bit here, I wouldn't be surprised to see the administrati...

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